Twelfth Night Cast List
Viola: Cyla Clegg
Olivia: Abbie Robles
Feste: Roey Howell
Maria: Celene Anderson
Antonia: Jenna Stephens
Fabian: Marlena Everts
Valentine: Meg Jarvis
Second Officer/Ensemble: Mykell Hall
Orsino: Geoff Goffe
Toby: Quentin G. Moore
Andrew: Isaac Nielson
Malvolio: Taylor Winch
Sebastian: James Palomares
Curio: Riley Merrill
Priest: Alex Monteur
Sea Captain/Ensemble: James Bates
First Officer/Ensemble: Kyle Asman
Our first read through will be on Monday January 27 at 2:30 in the Drama Room.
Please know that this was the most difficult casting decision I’ve EVER had to make. With such an extraordinary amount of talent, hard choices had to be made.
Twelfth Night Rehearsal Schedule V10.1 This Schedule is Subject to change
In Twelfth Night, a young woman, Viola, is separated at sea from her beloved twin brother and tossed upon the shores of 1920’s (The Great Gatsby) New York. In one of the great comedy plays by William Shakespeare. Viola disguises herself as a man and is drafted by Mayor Orsino to woo the stubborn Lady Olivia. Romantic havoc insues when Olivia becomes smitten with Viola (dressed as a man) and Viola, in turn, falls for Orsino. To add to the farce Viola’s identical twin, Sebastian arrives on the scene. In the end Sebastian and Olivia fall in love and marry. Orsino realizes that it is Viola that he loves and she agrees to marry her. Toby Belch Belch and Maria also decide to marry! Jealousy, mistaken Identity, cross-dressing, fights and duels, live jazz Twelfth Night is a happy comedy that speaks of the madness of love.
Viola- A young woman who is shipwrecked, having lost her twin brother Sebastian, and lands in New York quite by accident; she resolves to make the best of her situation, and be taken into Orsino’s service, as a young man named Cesario. Viola is quickly taken into Orsino’s confidence, and he tells her all the secrets of his heart; she is entrusted with wooing Olivia, though Olivia herself falls for Viola as Cesario. Viola herself is in love with Orsino, though she cannot admit this; she does succeed in gaining Orsino’s affections, however, and gets him to be a more honest, less self-centered person.
Olivia- An aristocrat of New York. She lost her father, then her brother right before the beginning of the play; she resolves to be in mourning for her brother for seven years, thus thwarting Orsino’s attempts to woo her. She becomes enamoured of Viola, who acts as a messenger for Orsino; and though Olivia tries her best to win Viola, Viola does her best to let her down easily, because Viola is not a boy like she pretends to be. Olivia rushes off and marries Sebastian, thinking that he is Viola as Cesario; but everything works out in the end
Maria- Olivia’s gentlewoman-maid, a witty, wily woman who has some affection for Toby Belch. It is she who resolves to get revenge on Malvolio, after he embarrasses the party; she claims to have handwriting like Olivia’s, and will use that gift to trick Malvolio. She is actually a good-natured woman, though she loves a good joke, and holds her own with the “boys” Toby Belch, Andrew Aguecheek, and Feste.
Valentine, Fabian- Members of Olivia’s household with responsibilities that are never explained. He /She are a sort of mid-play replacement for Feste, taking part in the plots against Malvolio with Toby Belch and Andrew Aguecheek. They are good at stating the obvious for the audience.
Antonia- A sea-captain; She saves Sebastian’s life, and appears to be benevolent / even romantic in her intentions toward Sebastian. However, she has a questionable past, and was involved in some doings at sea that mean she is wanted by Orsino. She stops a duel between Viola and Andrew Aguecheek, mistaking Viola for her brother Sebastian.
First Officer, Second Officer (Sailors, Party Revelers) - These two recognize Antonio as having committed crimes against Orsino.
Feste (Clown)- A jester and musician who lends his / her services to Olivia, and to Orsino as well. Feste is quick-witted and quite skilled at wordplay; but he / she is also somewhat cruel, as seen in his behavior toward Malvolio. Feste may act the part of the fool, but in fact he / she is very wise and perceptive about people’s natures; he / she knows the perfect song for any occasion, but resents when his / her services are taken for granted. THIS CHARACER MUST SING AND PLAY AN INTRUMENT
Male version example link: http://grooveshark.com/#!/search/song?q=Stephen+DeRosa+You'd+Be+Surprised+(feat.+Vince+Giordano
Female version example link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzsvH4iMOjo
Mayor Orsino- A bigshot in New York. He is in love with Olivia, who will not return his affections; Viola is taken into his service, as the boy Cesario, and is quickly taken into his confidence and tries to woo Olivia for him. However, Orsino’s affections shift by the end of the play; he drops his self-indulgent behavior, and develops affection for Viola.
Sebastian- Viola’s non-identical twin brother, who nevertheless bears a great resemblance to her. Viola tries to imitate her brother in her disguise as Cesario, as the two are mistaken for each other in many scenes. Sebastian himself is saved by Antonio, and the two become fast friends. Quite by accident, Sebastian comes across Olivia, and is taken for Cesario; she proposes, and they are quickly married, despite Sebastian not knowing who she is.
Curio- Orsino’s dim witted attendant. Curio is sent to try and woo Olivia, though he is not quite as successful at gaining entrance to Olivia’s house as “Cesario” is.
Priest (Sailor, Party Reveler) - Marries Sebastian and Olivia, and later testifies about this union to Orsino and others.
A Sea-Captain (Sailor, Party Reveler) - He rescues Viola from drowning, and helps her transform herself into Cesario and become Orsino’s page.
Malvolio- Olivia’s steward, a man who is supposedly good at his job, but is stern and hates merrymaking. He rebukes Toby Belch and company very harshly, for which they resolve to get revenge. They play on his vanity and his pride by convincing him that Olivia loves him, and getting him to act foolish in front of her. He is finally locked up in a dark place, and tormented by Feste; in the last act, he comes forward and tells of his ordeal, and swears revenge on everyone involved, having not learned any lessons.
Toby Belch- Surname Belch, not very complimentary but sadly, accurate. He is Olivia’s ill-behaved uncle, and spends most of his time drinking, fooling, and carousing with Andrew Aguecheek. He takes part in the pranks against Malvolio, and arranges the duel between Andrew Aguecheek and Viola as well. He is hot-tempered, and usually unruly, but not a bad fellow either.
Andrew Aguecheek- Surname Aguecheek, also not complimentary, but correctly describing his thin, pale face. He is a complete, very dense fool, who can’t help but misconstrue every word his friend Toby Belch says. He hopes to win Olivia’s affection, though they have few interactions in the play. Jealous of the attention that Olivia pays to “Cesario,” he challenges the young man to a duel that is never quite completed.