Abbey Players announce 2019 fall production: Shakespeare's Twelfth Night...
The Bard will once again return to Delbarton as the Abbey Players announce their 2019 fall production: William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night! Written in 1601, Twelfth Night has been one of Shakespeare’s most enduring comedies, with frequent revivals by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, and beyond.
Shakespeare’s work was last performed by the Abbey Players in 2015’s hilarious production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
“It’s a goal of mine to make sure that a Delbarton actor has at least one chance to be in a production of Shakespeare before he graduates,” says Director Matt Corica. “We’ve now fully graduated the cast of our last Shakespeare show, and the experienced actors we have coming back this year put us in a place where I think we can do really great work on Twelfth Night.”
In addition to the stage, Twelfth Night will make an appearance in the classroom as well - all ninth grade, tenth grade, and AP Lit classes will read the play this year, opening up plenty of opportunities for cross-departmental collaboration.
“[English Department Chairperson] Chris Pillette and I have talked for a while about integrating the fall play with the English curriculum, but up until now it hasn’t quite worked out,” says Corica. “I’m really interested to see how we can take advantage in the classroom, and the prospect of having roughly half the student body walk into a performance having read the show is incredibly exciting, especially for Shakespeare where you have to adjust your ear to the language. Plus, they’ll get all the jokes!”
Joining the Abbey Players this year will be new Technical Director George “Rick” Lebrenz, who comes to Delbarton most recently from Ramapo school district, where he taught Engineering and Architecture, and has extensive experience working in professional theatre at Hudson Scenic Studio (scenic builders of Broadway’s Hadestown, Hamilton, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, among many others) and the Metropolitan Opera.
“I’m very much looking forward to working with Rick this year,” says Corica. “He brings a wealth of experience to the position but more importantly he has a teacher’s mindset and a great enthusiasm for technical theatre, which is essential when you’re working with students who are just beginning to develop an interest in the craft. [Former Technical Director] Drew Bodd left some pretty big shoes to fill, but Rick will be a great addition to our program.”
Auditions for Twelfth Night will be Tuesday through Thursday, August 27-29 at 2:30pm in Delbarton’s Fine Arts Center Auditorium; audition information will be posted at www.delbarton.org/theater August 12.
The Abbey Players’ Twelfth Night will make its debut at Delbarton on November 1, with performances November 2 and November 3. Tickets will be available mid-October.