“Twelfth Night” Comes to Dimond

“I would [recommend drama to other people] because it’s a good way to meet new people and to express yourself,” Senior Monica Repuya said. Repuya plays the maid, Maria, in the latest school play, William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” “The movie ‘She’s the Man’ was loosely based on ‘Twelfth Night’. It is the story of a girl and her twin brother who are shipwrecked. Each thinks the other has drowned. The sister is saved by a sea captain and comes ashore in Illyria, where she dresses as a man to get a job serving the duke. The duke is in love with Olivia, who wants nothing to do with him. He sends Viola, who everyone believes to be a man, to speak on his behalf. Olivia falls in love with Viola, and Viola is in love with the duke. There is also a side plot with lots of shenanigans between the servants of said nobility,” Wilma Keller said. She is the director of the play and is also a Dimond teacher. “There are 26 students involved in the cast and crew right now,” Keller said, “there might be more as we get closer to our production dates.” “Rehearsals are generally held from three to five on weekdays and ten until two and Saturdays,” Keller said. By the time the play starts, the cast will have been rehearsing for about a month, Sophomore Michael Aronwits said. Aronwits plays Malvolio, a steward. “We practice walking on the stage with our lines,” he said. Repuya said,“[When we’re not rehearsing] we just have bonding time. When rehearsal starts, it’s serious.” “Twelfth Night” was written by William Shakespeare, but is not in Shakespearean language. It has been reformed so it doesn’t confuse the actors and actresses, and also the audience, Sophomore Michael Hudson said. Hudson plays Sir Toby, a relative of Olivia. For the final performance the actors and actresses will be wearing plain patterned clothes with long sleeves, Repuya said. The play will appeal to people ages about 14 and up, Hudson said. “There is more mature content, it would pass over younger people’s heads,” he said. “Right now the only stage hand that is set is the stage manager, Paige Cordell. Others will show up as we progress,” Keller said. The performance will last about two hours, Aronwits said. There will be a dinner theater on March 28 for $25. Regular performances are at 7 p.m. on March 30 and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 31 for $7 for students, military, and seniors. $10 for General admission, Keller said. “Yes I do [recommend the dinner theater] because its really nice to eat and watch the show at the same time,” Repuya said.