GGC collaborated with Aurora Theatre to present a modern take on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in the Cisco Auditorium from Feb. 21 to 24. Tickets to the play were free to GGC students. The play transported audience members to the coast of Illyria, an ancient region along the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea.
Twelfth Night is a comedy that includes love triangles and disguises to captivate viewers in different ways. Main character Viola is shipwrecked and washes up on the shores of Illyria where she is forced to disguise herself as her twin brother to work for the Duke Orsino.
The 75-minute play was performed without interruption, and the time flew by as the room filled with laughter. The cast used the original script in Old English.
The actors and crew were filled with students aiming to help make this show a reality. The students worked tirelessly to rehearse, build the sets, and design costumes for weeks leading up to the show. Many of the students have a background in theater and have been in plays at GGC.
“Everyone who works on the show is a vital member of the team,” said Jaclyn Faircloth, Twelfth Night director and assistant professor of theater. “There truly are no ‘small’ roles. Theater is a highly collaborative art form and everyone on the team is responsible for bringing something unique that contributes to the final product.”
Professor Faircloth works in partnership with Aurora Theatre as an actor and director.
Rebecca Twiggs, junior interdisciplinary English major who played Viola in Twelfth Night, spoke about her experience in the play.
“In the dress rehearsal stage, each of us as actors have crew duties as well to help set up the space and make sure all our props, costumes, and set pieces are organized,” Rebecca said.
With the skills in production and stage management she has learned, Rebecca co-founded a theater program at GGC.
“We are currently doing our second annual Grizzly One Act series which is student-written short plays that are directed by students and which I founded with my friend Brieanna Haberling,” Rebecca said.
Although theater is not a major offered at GGC, classes such as Introduction to Theater and Theater Appreciation are offered as electives. Additionally, students who are interested in theater are able to attend clubs like the Grizzly One Act series.For more information on the Grizzly One Act series, contact Rebecca Twiggs at firstname.lastname@example.org.