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Twelfth Night

  • Arrowhead Center for the Arts 51 West 5th Street Grand Marais, MN, 55604 United States (map)

The Grand Marais Playhouse is proud to present Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, the annual Community Youth Play for High School students.

Tickets: $10 adults, $5 Youth (12-18), $1 under 12.

Twelfth Night—an allusion to the night of festivity preceding the Christian celebration of the Epiphany—combines love, confusion, mistaken identities, and joyful discovery.

After the twins Sebastian and Viola survive a shipwreck, neither knows that the other is alive. Viola goes into service with Count Orsino of Illyria, disguised as a young man, "Cesario." Orsino sends Cesario to woo the Lady Olivia on his behalf, but Olivia falls in love with Cesario. Viola, in the meantime, has fallen in love with Orsino.

At the estate of Lady Olivia, Sir Toby Belch, Olivia’s kinsman, has brought in Sir Andrew Aguecheek to be her suitor. A confrontation between Olivia's steward, Malvolio, and the partying Toby and his cohort leads to a revenge plot against Malvolio. Malvolio is tricked into making a fool of himself, and he is locked in a dungeon as a lunatic.

In the meantime, Sebastian has been rescued by a sea captain, Antonio. When Viola, as Cesario, is challenged to a duel, Antonio mistakes her for Sebastian, comes to her aid, and is arrested. Olivia, meanwhile, mistakes Sebastian for Cesario and declares her love. When, finally, Sebastian and Viola appear together, the puzzles around the mistaken identities are solved:  Cesario is revealed as Viola, Orsino asks for Viola’s hand, Sebastian will wed Olivia, and Viola will marry Count Orsino. Malvolio, blaming Olivia and others for his humiliation, vows revenge.

 Directed by Carrie Nath


Duke Orsino                          Sam Meyer

Valentine/Attendant              Bryn Fitzgerald-Wells

Olivia                                         Aurora Schelmeske

Maria                                         Sylvia Berka

Malvolio                                  Joe James

Sir Toby Blech                      Andy Kern

Sir Andrew Aguecheek         Ian Kerschner

Feste                                          Robin Henrikson

Viola                                          Linnea Henrikson

Sebastian                                Saira Smith

Antonio                                   Lynden Blomberg

Captain/Fabian                   Izabella Sparks

First Officer/Priest/Attendant         Hattie Meyer

Second Officer/Attendant                  Ellie Block

Stage Manager                                 Abbey Stoddard

Earlier Event: November 16
Twelfth Night
Later Event: November 18
Twelfth Night