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Farce takes center stage this month in Sandy

Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' explores mistaken identities, confusion


Sandy Actors Theatre presents one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, “Twelfth Night or What You Will,” which opens at 8 p.m. Friday, April 4, and runs through April 27. by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ROGER NELSON - From left: Malvolio (Curt Hanson), Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Christopher Botcheos lV), Feste the Clown (Patrick Roth) and Sir Toby Belch (Arran Hersey) all visit Sandy this month to tell the tale of Twelfth Night, which opens April 4.Performances take place at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3 p.m. Sundays (except Easter Sunday, April 20).

Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and students, and $10 for children under 12.

“Twelfth Night” tells the tale of Viola and her twin brother, Sebastian, who are both swept ashore in the land of Illyria. Viola, thinking her brother drowned, disguises herself as a man, Cesario, to find work and winds up in the household of Duke Orsino, with whom she falls in love. Orsino sends Viola/Cesario with a message to his love interest, Olivia, and confusion ensues. Viola loves Orsino, Orsino loves Olivia, and Olivia loves Cesario — and everyone is miserable.

Berta Limbaugh directs this production, and the Boring resident says the play features 13 cast members whose ages range from 19 to 65.by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ROGER NELSON - Duke Orsino (Levi Hersey), Viola (Amy Natalie Kammerer), Sebastian (Ian Phipps) and Olivia (Deborah Zelda Lee) are part of the cast of Twelfth Night, considered one of Shakespeares greatest comedies.

“I think it’s probably one of Shakespeare’s easiest pieces to follow,” she says. “It’s a good way to introduce Shakespeare, and it’s a lot of fun.”

Viola

Amy Natalie Kammerer of Estacada plays Viola/Cesario.

“She’s adventurous to dress as a man, in a time when roles and abilities were very determined by gender,” Kammerer says. “It’s challenging playing her because a noblewoman, Olivia, falls in love with her and Viola must compassionately extricate herself from Olivia’s affections before it goes too far. If you’re a Shakespeare fan, you’ll love the innuendos and verbal dueling between characters. The show also reminds us to speak gently to each other and to be aware lest pranks go too far.”

The Clown

Portland’s Patrick Roth plays Feste the Clown, but despite his mirthful countenance the character should not be underestimated, Roth says.

“The ‘fool’ is often the smartest character in Shakespeare’s plays,” Roth says. “Feste loves to ‘stir the pot,’ meaning he loves getting into mischief, any chance to poke fun at someone.”

Roth adds that he’s not trained as a singer, so it was a bit difficult vocalizing Feste’s songs.

“But I think we have found a way to pull it off,” he says, adding audiences should love the play “because it has a little of everything — love, action, comedy most of all.”

The Servant

Curt Hanson of Happy Valley plays Malvolio, Olivia’s “holier-than-thou” steward.

“He’s the only character who’s allowed to ‘emote,’” Hanson says. “To show his self-serving attitude and demeanor and the ease with which he can be maneuvered into making a total fool of himself — and playing that scene — is just fun!”

Like Roth and Limbaugh, he notes that the early 17th-century play still appeals to modern audiences.

“It’s relatively short and plays very quickly,” he says. “Throughout, there is action that matches the language. We’re not just standing around ‘mouthing great swarths’ of language.”

Reservations are recommended, and the theater is accessible to people with disabilities. For more information, call 503-668-6834 or visit sandyactorstheatre.org.



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