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Colfax High School to present Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”

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Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”

  • When: 7 p.m. April 12-14 and 19-21; 2 p.m. April 14
  • Where: Colfax Performing Arts Center on the Colfax High Campus , 24995 Ben Taylor Road, Colfax.
  • Tickets: $5 with a student ASB card, $7 for students, and $10 for adults.

COLFAX — “If you will laugh yourself to stitches,” follow along to Colfax High School, where CORE, Creators of Riveting Entertainment, will transport audiences to the wacky land of Illeria, where nothing is quite what it seems.

One of Shakespeare’s most beloved and accessible comedies, “Twelfth Night” is a madcap tale of mistaken identity and unrequited love. Viola loves Orsino, who thinks he loves Olivia. Olivia thinks she loves Cesario who is really Viola, dressed as a man. The foolish Sir Andrew thinks he is a fine match for the Lady Olivia, but is far from it. There is disguise and impersonation at every turn.

“Twelfth Night” is directed by Trish Adair Gardiner (In the theatre world, known as Trish Adair), a veteran actor, in her first year as drama teacher at Colfax High School. Gardiner loves Shakespeare, and is thrilled to pass on her knowledge to young actors.

“In ‘Twelfth Night,’ Shakespeare uses the comical convention of cross dressing. Our female antagonist dresses like her brother in order to protect herself from the dangers of the world,” Gardiner said.

“An added interest in our production is the fact that we have three female actors playing male characters. I chose to do this because I’m building up this department and there are always more girls than boys in drama, but I’m really happy it’s turned out this way because it’s an interesting twist on what the original script calls for.”

“The gender-blind casting is timely and challenging, and my students are blowing me away with their talent, and willingness to take on a challenge,” Gardiner added.

Twelfth Night is set in a fictional modern California coastal city, and Gardiner has infused the play with identifiable modern elements, such as a punk rock song, (put to Shakespeare’s words, of course) and occasional diversions from Shakespeare’s script for actors to react naturally to the dialogue, like, “right on,” or “nice.”

Attendees will be supporting the talent and enthusiasm of Colfax High School’s Creator’s of Riveting Entertainment.