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Stage North Theatre's 'Twelfth Night' opens April 19

The Serenity Now Alpaca Farm, L.L.C. and Stage North Theatre Company will present William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" April 19-21 at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

Feste played by Barb McColgan (left); Sir Toby Belch played by Mark Liedl; Maria played by Jana Johnson; and Sir Andrew played by M. Hollis Ford plot their practical joke on Malvolio in the Stage North production of William Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night" to hit the stage on April 19-21 at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.Submitted
Feste played by Barb McColgan (left); Sir Toby Belch played by Mark Liedl; Maria played by Jana Johnson; and Sir Andrew played by M. Hollis Ford plot their practical joke on Malvolio in the Stage North production of William Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night" to hit the stage on April 19-21 at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd. Submitted

The Serenity Now Alpaca Farm, L.L.C. and Stage North Theatre Company will present William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" April 19-21 at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

This version of one Shakespeare's greatest comedies is set on the enchanted island of Illyria in the late '70s. Many Shakespearean scholars refer to "Twelfth Night" as his most skillfully crafted comedy using large characters, physical humor and mistaken identities, it stated in a news release. Shakespeare carefully weaves three subplots into one hilarious outcome.

The story begins with a shipwreck at sea. Viola and Sebastian, identical twins, each believe that the other has drowned. For safety reasons, Viola dresses as a man, naming herself Cesario and goes to work as a page for the Duke of Illyria who is madly in love with the Countess Olivia. The Duke sends Viola (Cesario) to express his love for Olivia who, almost at first sight, falls in love with Viola. The love triangle is complete when Viola falls in love with the Duke. Complications build as Sebastian, who did not drown, shows up and a series of mistaken identities develops.

"Twelfth Night" is under the direction of Gary Hirsch and choreographed by Wendy DeGeest who has added music and dancing.

The crew includes Kim Utesch, as the stage manager; Chase Vreeland as the costumer; and Mark Oehrlein as the technical director. The set is being built by Mike Anderson and painted by Rebecca Aanerud.

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Tickets are available by calling the Stage North ticket line at 218-232- 6810, or by ordering online at www.stagenorththeater.com or at the A 2 Z Yarn shop in the Franklin Arts Center.

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