Sunday, September 29, was a day spent enveloped in Shakespeare: At least for those who attended the Aquilla Theater Company’s production of Twelfth Night.
Written in true Shakespearean fashion, this medieval soap opera, complete with a mistaken identity, love triangle and a man bedecked in yellow tights, more than delivered on the laughs.
The day began at 1 p.m. with a Shakespearean language lesson, hosted by Mercyhurst staff members and a Twelfth Night cast member.
This quick preview into the language of Shakespeare gave audience members a better understanding of Shakespeare’s style, and made it easier for audience members to understand the jokes and insults voiced upon the stage.
After the Shakespeare lesson, guests were invited into the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center lobby, where they could dress in all manner of Shakespearean finery.
Photographers were on hand to snap pics of guests. This reporter sported a very lovely feathered cap.
At 2 p.m. guests were ushered to their seats and the curtain rose. And here, the Aquilla Theater Company did something quite unique.
Mixing modern music and incredible lighting, they were able to make Shakespeare more accessible, by clueing the audience into the mood of each scene by the music and lighting.
With a minimalist set of nothing more than ropes and trunks, it allowed the acting and words, to really shine through.
“I had a great time,” said freshman Bryce Burrell. “The cast was so funny! And the set was really cool. I would definitely see it again!”
This seemed to be the consensus of audience members at the play’s conclusion.
The show lived up to its advertisement; there were lots of laughs. And so, in the words of Malvolio, “But that’s all one, our play is done, And we’ll strive to please you every day.”