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Shakespearian adaptation will make an appearance in Drumheller

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Malvolio discovers a love note he believes is from Olivia, but has been placed to trick him. From left, Andrew Cooper as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Caleb Gordon as Malvolio, Kendra Hutchinson as Maria, Kelsey Krogman as Feste. Malvolio discovers a love note he believes is from Olivia, but has been placed to trick him. From left, Andrew Cooper as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Caleb Gordon as Malvolio, Kendra Hutchinson as Maria, Kelsey Krogman as Feste. Photo by Brad G. Graham

An interesting concept for a play takes place over the next couple of weeks near Drumheller.


“Bard is back in the Badlands,” says director Brad G. Graham. “We are delighted to bring theatre audiences eleven performances of comic relief with William Shakespeare’s 12th Night.”
“Twelfth Night is a story of mistaken identity. It’s about twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a tragic shipwreck. Each believes the other is dead. Masquerading as a young boy, Viola is hired by Duke Orsino, in his courtship of Lady Olivia. In a twist and turn of fate, Viola falls for the Duke. The situation gets more complicated when Sebastian arrives and is quickly mistaken for his sister, the disguised Viola, and finds himself married to Olivia,” explains Graham for those people unfamiliar with the romantic comedy.
“When identity is mistaken, on purpose, by accident or trickery among hysterical characters, it can’t help but create hilarity and unrestrained laughter in one Shakespeare’s favourite ‘dressed in disguise’ comedies.”
Audiences are going to love the performances of seasoned cast members including Glenda Warkentin (Olivia), Kelsey Krogman (Feste the fool) and Andrew Cooper (Sir Andrew Aguecheek). Other returning cast members include Caleb Gordon (Malvolio) and Randall Wiebe (Starbuck, the ship captain). New to the stage are Alixandra Cowman (Viola), Daniel Fong (Count Orsino), Sarah Spicer (Antonia), Byron Linsey (Sir Toby Belch) and Kendra Hutchinson (Maria).
This is an outdoor play. Bring a stadium cushion or picnic blanket and a cool drink and enjoy a summer evening. Lawn chairs are permitted, but only across the back row of the amphitheatre.
As an outdoor performance Twelfth Night is performed in various weather conditions. There are times when the show may need to pause for a short time. If it appears that dangerous conditions (lightning, wind) may develop, the show will be cancelled and people advised to move their vehicles.
Founded in 2012, Suspension of Disbelief Theatre is dedicated to quality live theatre presentation and training. They’re big fans of Shakespeare, but tackle all kinds of projects. One big impetus for starting this company and doing Shakespeare, was this great new space called the Forum that the Canadian Badlands Passion Play has created on their site in Drumheller.
Suspension of Disbelief is a term of art that often gets introduced to in theatre school. In the typical context it has to do with audience and artist choosing together to ignore the fact they are in a theatre, to Suspend their Disbelief and imagine together all that could be in the story they are telling and witnessing.  More information is available on the website at: www.suspensionofdisblief.ca.
Performances of Twelfth Night take place at the Forum Amphitheatre, Canadian Passion Play grounds in Drumheller, Aug. 27-29 and Sept. 3-6 at 7 p.m.
The Aug. 29 and Sept. 5-6 performances start at 2 p.m. The performance runs approximately 80 minutes with no intermission. All tickets are “Pay what you will.”

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