A special edition of a Shakespeare classic is the Fall Mainstage production at Fresno Pacific University.
“Twelfth Night—in a Festive Production Celebrating Christmastide,” will be at 8:00 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, November 9-11 and 16-18, with a 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinee November 12. The production will be in North Hall 123 (Seminary Chapel) on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.
Admission is $12 for general audiences—payable at the door or in advance at eventbrite.com/e/twelfth-night-by-william-shakespeare-tickets-35582651669, $10 for seniors/non-FPU students and $5 for members of FPU community (including alumni cardholders). More information is available at fresno.edu/event/22451/fall-mainstage-twelfth-night-william-shakespeare.
Twelfth Night tells the story of the shipwrecked Viola and her adventures in Ilyria in one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies about love and yearning across the boundaries of class, status, and appearing to be what you’re not. The play presents unlikely couples, whose journey towards each other is surrounded by a motley crew of fools and shysters. In other words, a comedy tonight! Julia Reimer, Ph.D., associate professor of theater, is the director, with set and lights by Shannon Brewington and costumes by Brooke Aiello.
Cast members are students unless otherwise indicated: Robbie Hill (Fresno), as Orsino; Carlie Dickens (Navarre, FL), as Olivia; Allison Calhoun (Lemoore), as Viola; Parker Lewis (Visalia), as Sebastian; Gracie Robinson (Coarsegold), as Maria; Jӧrg Letkemann (Friesland, Paraguay), as Malvolio; Trevor Thomas (FPU alumnus, Fresno), as Sir Toby; Jesse Daniel (Fresno), as Sir Andrew Aguecheek; Luke Fredette (Flagstaff, AZ), as Fabian; Stasik Durkin (Donetsk, Ukraine), as Antonio; Annelise Escobedo (Clovis), as Feste; and Kaitlyn Black (Aptos), Karen Vargas (Tulare) and Alexa Heinrich (Modesto), as the Festivities.