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Cheers for ‘A 12th Night Revelry’

Olympic Theatre Arts announced recently its production of “A 12th Night Revelry, an Elizabethan-inspired 12th Night” celebration that includes a staged reading of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night (or What You Will).”


The festive production is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5, in the Gathering Hall at Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave.


Tickets are $10 and available at Olympic Theatre Arts box office (open Thursday and Friday from 1-5 p.m.) or from Pacific Mist Books at 121 W. Washington St., Sequim.


“In Shakespeare’s time,” producer Karen Hogan said, “Twelfth night festivities marked the end of the winter celebrations that started with Halloween. They were held in a hall, often included a production of a play, and celebrated a world turned upside down where the lord becomes a pauper and a pauper became a lord. Some think Shakespeare wrote ‘Twelfth Night’ to be performed as a part of this celebration.”


Directed by Tom Darter, “Twelfth Night (or What You Will)” is one of Shakespeare’s favorite romantic comedies.


“It’s a fun play,” Darter said. “Mistaken identify creates complications that pile up as the play moves along and even certain objects (a found letter, for example) are not what they seem. The final outcome is not at all clear until the very end of the play, when things are resolved to almost everyone’s satisfaction.”


“Twelfth Night Revelry” is a special production that augments Olympic Theatre Arts regular season.

“Summer of Love,” its upcoming musical is in rehearsal for its February opening. The last two productions of the season will be “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” by Tom Stoppard, and “Sherlock Holmes: the Final Adventure,” adapted by Steven Dietz, based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Dietz wrote “Becky’s New Car,” which played to sold-out audiences earlier in the season.


“Olympic Theatre Arts wants to give people a unique theater experience,” Heidi Hansen, vice chairman of Olympic Theatre Arts’ board, said. “We encourage everyone to come dressed as their favorite lord or lady, or wench or rogue. We want this event to transport us to a time when theater was as much a part of everyday life as television is to us today.”


For more information, call 683-7326.
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