Twelfth Night 2019-11-23T00:07:01+00:00

Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare

Directed By: Kearney Jordan, Josh Baig

Ages: 13 – 20

Tuition: $200, no payment due until after casting (Scholarships Available)

Production Information:

Welcome to the Roaring Twenties, a time of significant social, religious, and political conflict, juxtaposed with the exuberant and raucous jazz culture that defined the era.  It is within this topsy-turvy time our story comes to life. Welcome to Illyria, the most copacetic and ace jazz club of the Jersey shore. Animosity and bad blood abounds between the varying social types of the community; teetotalers, feminists, fundamentalists, immigrants, gangsters, and of course, jazz musicians and vaudevillian performers. 

After a club raid gone bad, Viola, finds herself separated from her presumed dead brother Sebastian, with whom she performed in a traveling vaudeville Magic Act.  Alone in a strange and oft-threatening world, she disguises herself as a man and gains employment under local business mogul, Duke Orsino. It is through this turn of events we meet Olivia, the star attraction of Club Illyria and object of Orsino’s affection, Feste, an Eddie Cantor-esque master of ceremonies, Sir Toby, for whom prohibition clearly doesn’t exist, Malvolio, the fundamentalist servant to Olivia, and a wide variety of musicians, wait staff, gamblers, club-goers, and so on.  Love triangles, deceptions, misunderstandings arise- ending in both humor and heartbreak- against the bewitching backdrop of the insatiable flapper era.  

Read Through

  • January 13, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Spokane Civic Theatre Main Stage Lobby

Rehearsal

  • January 13 – February 13
  • Monday – Friday, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Firth J Chew Studio Theatre

Performances

  • February 14 – 16
  • Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, 2:00 pm
  • Firth J Chew Studio Theatre

Audition Information:

January 4 – 5

  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Spokane Civic Theatre, Third Floor (Entrance through the Studio Theatre)
  • While Twelfth Night is not a musical, the production will have musical elements. We are seeking actors, singers, dancers, jugglers, and musicians to round out our ensemble. 
  • Those wanting to be considered for a musician role should have a one-minute musical jazz piece to perform. This can be from sheet music, improvised, or from memory.  
  • Those being considered for Feste, Olivia, Viola, and Sebastian will be provided sheet-music and accompaniment tracks before call-backs. 
  • Most roles are open to all genders, including Malvolio and Feste.  Those wishing to audition for Feste should be prepared to sing and should study the style of Eddie Cantor and other notable performers of the 1920’s.
  • Audition sides will be available via email or the box office beginning Monday, December 2, 2019. Please email director Kearney Jordan at kjordan@spokanecivictheatre.com for more info.
  • The script is edited to have a run time of approx 100 minutes, but is still the original Shakespearean text. 

Characters:

  • Viola– a displaced Irish immigrant and vaudeville performer who disguises herself as “Cesario”
  • Sebastian– Viola’s twin brother; he is presumed dead, but alas, always has a trick up his sleeve and proves to be the master of misdirection. 
  • ‘Duke’ Orsino– a powerful and successful bootlegger and businessman.  He is prone to moodiness, and does not like not getting his way. 
  • Olivia– a popular, beloved, performer and socialite who has recently inherited the successful Club Illryia after the mysterious death of her father and brother, which has also kept her in a semi-retired state and period of grief. She’s kind to the staff, fascinated with the feminist movement and rebuff’s Orsino’s advances. 
  • Malvolio– Club Illyria’s steward, and a christian fundamentalist.  He’s smug and sanctimonious, but also secretly covets the affluent lifestyle of the social elite. 
  • Maria– a working class immigrant and barmaid at the Club Illyria.  She’s rather witty, smart, and driven, but is overlooked and mistreated due to her sex and status. 
  • Toby Belch– Olivia’s over-indulgent uncle and an established patron of the Club Illyria.  Always quick with a joke, he’s a bit mischievous and prone to practical jokes.  
  • Andrew Aguecheek– a gambler and member of the social elite; he’s a bit of a buffoon but his status and lifestyle allows him to know a footloose and fancy-free life. He can be taken advantage of by Sir Toby, and often involved in his pranks. 
  • Feste– The master of ceremonies of Club Illyria; a classic mix of minstrel, fool, and comedian.  A wonderful entertainer, observant employee, and empathetic friend. 
  • Antonio – a sea captain and friend to Sebastian.  At odds with Duke Orsino’s team since he interfere’s with their bootlegging enterprise. 
  • Valentine and Curio– resident musicians and performers at Club Illyria. Must play an instrument proficiently. 
  • Ensemble: Club performers, club goers, priests, sailors, etc.