Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 29, 2020
Tooele High School will present two Shakespeare comedies

Even during a pandemic, the show must go on.

Tooele High School’s Theatre 1 students will present a pair of Shakespearean comedies on Jan. 6 and 7 at 7 p.m.

Director Terry McGovern said her students have worked hard all semester to present “Twelfth Night,” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” via live-stream. Each show runs approximately one hour with a short intermission to change scenery.

The public can purchase tickets at justagame.live or use the QR code / www.tooeleathletics.org and click on TICKETS. There will be a link to take you to the live stream site. Tickets are $20 per household.

“Enjoy a night at the theatre from your own home. It is our hope that families in Tooele County, or wherever they reside, will take advantage of being able to watch these performances,” McGovern said.

She said students have worked hard despite being shut down three times during the semester.

“They are excited to perform for an audience albeit a distant one. Savannah Toohey, who plays Hermia in “A Midsummer NIght’s Dream” remarked that she will miss the interaction with the audience, but is glad to be performing,” McGovern said.

The plays are produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Denver, Colorado.

According to Pioneer Drama, the one-act adaptation of “Twelfth Night” hits all the main beats of the original and uses a blend of Elizabethan and modern dialogue. 

After a shipwreck, twins Viola (played Isabelle Lay) and Sebastian (played by James Buckley) wash up on the shore of Illyria. Each thinks the other has perished. All alone, Viola finds work by disguising herself as a man going by the name of Cesario and serving in the court of Duke Orsino (played by Keko Brown).

The Duke wants to marry Countess Olivia (played by Amelia Grace LeVar) and sends Viola as Cesario to woo her for him. Of course, the Countess falls for Cesario instead! Meanwhile, Olivia’s cousin and the staff are celebrating the twelfth night of Christmas and getting into a duel with Sebastian, who is mistaken for Cesario when he arrives. It seems no one knows who anyone is in this favorite Shakespeare comedy.

In “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” Bottom (played by Wyatt Shelley) calls together his ungainly crew of actors to produce a play for the visiting King Oberon (played by Tyler Johnson) and Queen Titania (played by Ariana Shafer).

The sprite Puck (played by Alyzza Cazier) turns bottom into an ass and then, by means of a magic love option, makes Titania fall in love with the creature, setting up a string of delightful misadventures.

 

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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