byline Germaine Hupe
The members of the Winters Theatre Company will present William Shakespeare’s sparkling comedy “Twelfth Night” as this year’s selection for Shakespeare in the Park. The four performance run will be staged on Friday and Saturday evenings August 10, 11, and August 17 and 18 at the outdoor amphitheater behind the Winters Community Center.
“Twelfth Night” contains all the plot elements which have charmed audiences for over 400 years. These include mistaken identities, lovesick nobles, mischievous servants, manipulative relatives, and a witty, singing court jester. Shakespeare even manages a subtle revenge of his own by creating the character of the Puritan Malvolio who is a pompous, self righteous steward with “designs above his station.” Puritans took a very dim view of theatrical performances and did their best to close London’s theaters in the late 16th century.
As in all Shakespearean comedies, lovers are reconciled, complications are resolved, and the pompous are humbled in the final scene.