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Arts Cooperative Brings New York Based Acting Troupe To County; Tickets On Sale For Twelfth Night

One of William Shakespeare’s funniest and most charming comedies, Twelfth Night, will be performed by Aquila Theatre Thursday, February 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the Marysville High School auditorium. Aquila’s visit is sponsored by the Marshall County Arts Cooperative.

Tickets are $5.00 for general admission seating. Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce (Marysville), First National Bank (Frankfort), and the Weaver Hotel (Waterville). Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

“We’ve wanted to bring this extraordinary group to our area for several years,” said Wayne Kruse, the arts cooperative’s executive director. “They’re top notch. They’re the premiere troupe to perform Shakespeare’s classic plays. No matter your background or understanding of Shakespeare, the way Aquila will perform this piece will make it accessible for all audiences.”

Twelfth Night was written in 1600 and is set against a background of romance and mystery. The story centers on identical twins and mistaken identity, and is set in the mystical world of Illyria. The play explores the universal themes of love and all its ambiguous effects on human behavior.

Aquila will take this great Shakespearean masterpiece and infuse it with their unique brand of innovative and exciting theatricality. This contemporary production will still encompass and enhance the shipwrecks, duels, love and jealousy, disguises, suspicion, and ultimate reconciliation of Shakespeare’s superb text. With a cast of superb performers, a remarkable original musical score, and innovative design and unique physical approach, this production should appeal to all ages and backgrounds.

“I’ve seen the Royal Shakespeare Company in England perform, and I’m just as excited to see Aquila bring the bard to the stage,” said Brian Cook, a board member for the arts cooperative.

In addition to their public performance Aquila will give a “guided tour” of the production to area high school students. They will also lead an acting class for high school drama students.

For more information about their visit or the performance people may contact Kruse at 785-713-2077.

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