William Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT; If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On

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William Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT; If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On


Newmark, Judith, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


"Twelfth Night" has all you could want in a Shakespeare comedy: cross-dressing, mixed-up twins, a wise clown and plenty of weddings at the end. Rick Dildine the executive and artistic director of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis directs "Twelfth Night," the festival's 13th annual show under the stars in Forest Park. Here's everything you need to know to enjoy yourself including the story.

IF YOU GO

Where * Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park, near the St. Louis Art Museum

When * 8 p.m. Previews are May 22 and 23, runs May 24-June 16, every night but Tuesdays. Preshow entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m.

How much * Free More info * sfstl.com

Seating * Bring a blanket or lawn chair, or rent a chair ($7-10)

Food * Bring your favorite picnic, or buy food from the vendors. Other vendors sell souvenirs.

See more Shakespeare pages at stltoday.com/shakespeare.

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Cast of characters

Viola - A perfectly marvelous girl

Sebastian - Viola's pretty marvelous twin

Orsino - Duke of Illyria and hopeless romantic

Sir Toby Belch - Olivia's lusty uncle

Sir Andrew Aguecheek - Toby's foppish friend

Olivia - Illyrian countess, mourning for her brother

Malvolio - Olivia's pompous steward

Maria - Olivia's clever lady-in-waiting

Feste - A clown

Antonio - A seaman

1. Shipwreck on the shores of Illyria! Viola survives but her twin brother, Sebastian, is missing. She hopes he somehow survived as well. It would be a miracle.

2. A young woman isn't safe on her own in a strange place. Viola disguises herself as a boy, names herself "Cesario," and goes to find the duke, Orsino.

3. Orsino is obsessed with Olivia, who won't even talk to him. But he likes this charming newcomer at once and makes "him" a page. "Cesario" takes to the Duke, too AT FIRST SIGHT. But Orsino doesn't know she's a girl and sends her to Olivia with another marriage proposal. What a job!

4. Determined to mourn her brother for seven years, Olivia won't even listen to the clown, Feste. She won't marry anybody! But she agrees to hear the page and falls for "Cesario" AT FIRST SIGHT!

5. Once "Cesario" leaves, Olivia hands Malvolio a ring to give him. Run fast and catch up! Olivia pretends "Cesario" gave the ring to her and she's sending it back. What a lie! She wants to give "Cesario" an excuse to come back to her.

6. Sebastian did survive the shipwreck. He and Antonio, a seaman who saved his life, made it to Illyria, too. But Sebastian thinks his twin sister, Viola, died at sea.

7. Sir Toby and Maria always have fun at Olivia's house. …

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