Press Release ***
Edwards Academy’s production of
‘Twelfth Night, or what you will’
Academy Players of Jonathan Edwards Academy (JEA) in Turners
Falls will be presenting their annual Shakespeare Festival
with the comedy, “Twelfth Night, or what you will”.
JEA students will perform at College Church Theatre, Pomeroy
Terrace, Northampton on Friday, April 23 at 7 p.m. Additional
performances will be at the Shea Theatre in downtown Turners
Falls on Friday, April 30 at 7 p.m. with two more performances
on Saturday, May 1 at 2 and 7 p.m.
of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies, "Twelfth
Night" is about orphaned twins who, after being separated
by a shipwreck, believe the other to be dead. Viola, fearing
life alone and unprotected, takes on the disguise of a
young man named Caesario and becomes the page of Count
Orsino, with whom she promptly falls in love. Come and
see how this tale, with its twists and turns, masquerades
and follies is finally brought to a hilarious and satisfying
students whose ages range from 11 to 17 act all parts
and are faithful to the Bard's words. These productions
are not watered-down versions of Shakespeare's plays to
accommodate the actors' tender years. They are authentic
productions and the students follow (memorize) Shakespeare's
and directed by Teresa McClelland, with stage direction
and music by Emma Kuipers; the young thespians include,
in the dual role of Viola/Caesario, Hannah Reed; Nathan
Rogers plays Sebastian; Philip MCClelland as Count Orsino;
Grace Bricker as Olivia; and Daniel MacKinnon as Malvolio.
The role of Feste is performed by 17-year-old Shakespearean
"veteran," Andrew McClelland.
annual Shakespeare Festival has become an annual tradition
for theatregoers and families throughout Pioneer Valley.
Adult tickets are $15.00; senior citizens and students,
$10; and children under 12, $3. Tickets may be purchased
at World Eye Book Store on Main Street, Greenfield, at the
JEA headmaster's office, or at the door prior to each performance.
Everyone, far and wide, is welcome.
more information, call JEA at 413-863-3700 and ask for
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