“Twelfth Night” on stage in December

Cornell College will present William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by Ron Clark. The show runs December 3rd, 4th, and 10th at 7:30 p.m., and December 5th, 11th, and 12th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. The show is performed at Cornell’s Plumb-Fleming studio theatre in Armstrong Hall. Students, faculty and staff  of Cornell College are admitted free of charge.

Carrie Braver and Zoe Sigman perform in "Twelfth Night" Photo by Jenny Nutting Kelchen

Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies comes to Cornell as the second part in a classics-themed season. The play features some of the Bard’s best known lines and characters in a wonderful showcase for the talents of students and professors alike.

The play is a romance of mistaken identity and the complications that ensue when a young woman, finding herself on the shore of an unfamiliar land decides to take on the identiyy of a man. She ends up in the country of Illyria, ruled over by the lovesick Duke Orsino, who pines after the beautiful Olivia. The play chronicles the difficulties the characters face in attempting to resolve their various problems of the heart.

Besides director Ron Clark, a Distinguished Artist in Residence at Cornell, Twelfth Night features scenic design by Cornell Professor Scott Olinger, as well as costume design by Osean Perez, a junior at the school. Also designing is Becky Bradish, the production’s lighting designer.

Twelfth Night has gathered an exceptionally talented cast, including Alec Hynes as Duke Orsino, Zoe Sigman as Olivia, and freshman Carrie Braver as Viola, in her first main stage role at Cornell. Other cast members include Tessa Cacek, Katie Cutler and Daniel Dempsey, among others. The show also features original music by Cornell senior John Hill.