The Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Company will be presenting Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will beginning Thursday, May 3rd at 7pm. Performances of this classic comedy will continue through May 12th. Featuring a cast of actors aged 12 –19, this production will transport audiences to Shakespeare’s Globe Theater along the Thames in London for an evening of “traditional” theater – loud, fast-paced, and riddled with hilarity! Appropriate for all ages, the production is professionally designed and directed and will feature cross-dressing, slapstick comedy and lively swordplay. All performances will be at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington St. Middletown, CT. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors, and $15 for adults.
“These actors have done a terrific job diving into this process to find all of the gold in this play. Their creative energy in rehearsal has really been the driving force behind mining the humor within an intimidating text for actors of any experience level. They've brought their own ideas to the table and are making sure that this story is told well with clarity and energy. It's an extraordinary group of empowered young people taking charge of their art and I'm excited for our audiences to experience what this cast has created”, says director Chris Coffey.
Performances will be May 3, 4, 10 11 and 12 at 7 pm, and on May 5 and 12 at 2pm. The two Thursday performances are “Pay What You Will”. For more information and tickets go to www.oddfellows.org or call (860) 347-6143.
The Teen Company at Oddfellows Playhouse is open to youth ages 12 – 19. The company produces 2 – 3 mainstage productions each year, and auditions are open to all. Sliding scale, work-study, and financial aid are available to any student in need for all Playhouse programs. The next project coming up at the Playhouse this season is the 30th Annual Children’s Circus of Middletown, a co-production with the City of Middletown Commission on the Arts. Visit www.oddfellows.org for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded in 1975, Oddfellows Playhouse is Connecticut’s oldest and largest theater for children and youth. Oddfellows’ mission is to enhance young people's present and inspire their future through engaging, accessible performing arts programming that builds skills, encourages creativity, and strengthens community. The Playhouse offers a year-round program of classes, productions and special events to young people ages 3 – 20 in its 10,000 square foot home on Route 66 in Middletown.