‘Twelfth Night’ is Three  Witches’ next Hatbox show

  • In a photo illustration, Erik Shaffer as Sir Andrew and Nancy Brennan as Fabian spy on Kelsee Arnold as Viola in Three Witches Production of “Twelfth Night” at Hatbox Theatre. Courtesy of Jane Button Photography

  • Courtney Plati as Olivia, Ian Allen as Orsino, and Andrew Steven Knight as Sebastian appear in the Three Witches Production of “Twelfth Night.” Courtesy of Jane Button Photography

Monitor staff
Published: 1/31/2019 9:29:02 AM

You might have to do a double take at the next Hatbox Theatre show.

Not because Three Witches Productions is back with another Shakespeare play at the theater, but because the show they bring – Twelfth Night – if rife with disguises, mistaken identities and love triangles.

“While the play opens with losses experience by multiple characters, the play is really about love and the celebration of life,” director Jill Pinard said in a release. “The play is full of both mirrors and contrasts.”

When Viola (played by Kelsee Arnold) comes ashore in Illyria after being shipwrecked and thinks her twin brother, Sebastian (Andrew Steven Knight), is dead, she asks the captain to help disguise her as a man so she can enter the service of Count Orsino (Ian Allen).

Orsino is in love with Olivia(Courtney Plati), who has sworn off suitors for seven years to mourn the recent deaths of her brother and father. Orsino tasks Viola, disguised as the servant Cesario, to tell Olivia of his affection for her.

But it doesn’t quite go to plan as Olivia instead falls for Cesario/Viola.

Meanwhile, Olivia’s uncle Sir Toby Belch (Gary Locke), his friend Sir Andrew (Erik Shaffer and some of the house staff plot to torment Olivia’s steward Malvolio (Greg Parker) by making him believe Olivia is in love with him and gaslighting him.

When Sebastian, who survived the shipwreck with the assistance of sea captain Antonio (Zachary Peacock), arrives in Illyria, matters become even more complicated.

In the end, there are a quite a few weddings, thought not at all with pairs that start out in the beginning. It’s more than little chaotic.

“Out Victorian setting on first glance may look formal, but actually helps to hightlight the raucous behavior that ensues,” Pinard said.

The cast also includes Amy Agostino, Nancy Brennan, Andrew Burke, Jakob Stone and Pamela Vizcarrondo. Live original music by Dan Williams will accompany the show. Andrew Pinard managed set and lighting design and stage manger is Meredith Hanson. Assisting Jill Pinard with direction is Lydia Pinard.

The play opens Friday and will run through Feb. 17 at the Hatbox Theatre, located in the Steeplegate Mall in Concord. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17; $14 for seniors, members and students; and $12 for senior members.

For more information, visit hatboxnh.com or call 715-2315.

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