Clockwise from top left, Jaren Ashcraft as Orsino, Sarah Bellati as Viola and Isabella Robertson as Olivia in Parker School’s production of an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKER FOR NHN)
Parker School Dramatiques’ production of “Twelfth Night,” or “As You Will,” opens Oct. 18 at the Parker School Theatre.
On the island of Illyria, noble Orsino pines away for the love of the beautiful and famous Olivia who mourns her dead brother and refuses any proposals of marriage. Meanwhile, a storm has caused a terrible shipwreck and Viola finds herself alone in this strange land with no family and no means of livelihood. She disguises herself as a man and goes to work for Orsino. Now disguised as Cesario, Viola finds herself falling in love with Orsino—a difficult love to pursue, as Orsino believes her to be a man. Then Olivia herself falls for the beautiful young Cesario and the love triangle is complete. Among the many tricksters, musicians and fools, their story unfolds in William Shakespeare’s delightful comedy of romance and mistaken identities.
The play was adapted by Parker drama and dance teacher and director of the show, Dr. Angela Alforque. The island of Illyria in this version evokes World War II-era Hawaii and stars junior Jaren Ashcraft in the role of Orsino, senior Isabella Robertson as Olivia, and sophomore Sarah Bellatti as Viola. Dramatiques is Parker’s ongoing after-school drama program open to sixth through twelfth grade students.
Showtimes are: Oct. 18 and 19 at 7 p.m.; Oct.20 at 2 p.m; Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or by reservation and are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Get $1 off ticket price with a donation of one canned food item for Parker School’s ‘Ohana Day Canned Food Drive. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Angela Alforque at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 885-7933, ext. 7128.