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  • Now Playing: Twelfth Night

    Twelfth Night

    The Dean College School of the Arts is now playing its first theatre production of the semester, Twelfth Night The show opens TONIGHT and will run through this Sunday, February 25th, 2018.

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    Twelfth Night is a comedy set in the Hotel de Illyria on the French Riviera. The play centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola, disguised as a boy, falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia. Throw into this mix a cast of characters, which includes Sir Tobey Belch, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Feste the Fool, the lusty Maria, and taciturn Malvolio, and you have a riotous tale of mistaken gender and love triumphant on the Cote d'Azur of the Roaring 20's.

    Rachel Rome ’18 (Viola Porter) and Cameron Ward ’21 (Malvolio) answered a few questions to get us acquainted with the upcoming Dean College production.

    Q. What is your role in the performance? Tell us about your character:

    Rachel: I am playing Viola in the performance. Viola is the loving and loyal, resourceful, gender-bending heroine in Twelfth Night. She’s determined, and doesn’t take no for an answer. She's in constant pursuit of finding her brother, who she worries has drowned in a shipwreck she narrowly survived.

    Cameron: I am playing the taciturn servant, Malvolio. Malvolio's character arc is quite vast. At first it seems as if he has a grudge against all living things but then the audience will realize he is a lovebird once they see some of the mischief that is happening.

    Q. Can you see yourself in this character? If so, how:

    Rachel: I find myself relating strongly with her passion for the ones she loves. Her drive to find her beloved brother and the purity of the love she feels for Orsino are reminiscent of my own relationships with those closest to me.

    Cameron: I can definitely see myself in this character because Malvolio learns a lesson at the end of this whole extravaganza. As actors, we are always striving to learn a thing or two about ourselves and the message we are trying to convey to the audience. I think personality wise, I am certainly more positive than he would be in the given circumstances but I at least know what he is thinking about at most any time and there is great merit in that.

    Q. What are you most excited for the audience to see?

    Rachel: I'd say I am most excited to see the way the audience is going to react to the environmental set up of the theatre. The line between audience and playing space is fluid, actors walk through the audience and use all parts of the theatre to tell the story.

    Cameron: I am excited for the audience to be amazed with the 1920’s French Riviera theme that our wonderful director decided on for this interpretation of the show. Just for the audience to walk in and see how different our space is compared to the majority of proscenium-styled theatres and to be seated right where the action is happening is an experience that won't be soon forgotten.

    The Dean College production of Twelfth Night will take place at the Performing Arts Studio at Dean College, 99 Main Street, Franklin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This performance venue is not handicap accessible. To learn more, visit

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