NEW HAMPTON — Students at New Hampton School will perform "Twelfth Night, or What You Will" by William Shakespeare this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24. The Friday performance will take place at 6 p.m. and Saturday's at 7 p.m.
Both performances are free and open to the public.
Directed by New Hampton's History Department Chair Meredith C. Brown, "Twelfth Night" is generally accepted as one of Shakespeare's funniest plays. Though the story line can be confusing at times, the confusion adds to the absurdity and farce of the play. The performance features overly emotional characters, outrageous acts of love, and overall absurdities. It is about a shipwreck, loss, love, woe and cross-dressing all of
which leads to mistaken identity and confusion.
Highlights of the show, recognized by Brown, include "a really good party and some of the best lines that Shakespeare has ever written." She also acknowledges, "there are a number of very strong female roles, which are rarely seen in Shakespeare." The New Hampton production embraces these follies and ramps up the fun with a catchy soundtrack, lip syncing and colorful concept design.
The production features local day students and boarding students from across the country and globe. Local students include Olivia Maclean of Tilton in the role of Viola, Todd Hamlet of Campton as her brother Sebastian, Mairead Ryan of Ashland as Antonia and Kacenka Farr-Williams of New Hampton as Julia. Alongside Director Meredith C. Brown, lighting is directed by Thom Beaulieu.