WGTC Opens with Twelfth Night

Friday, September 26, 2008

Laugh-out-loud comedy and unusual relationships are certain to entertain and please audiences as the West Georgia Theatre Company opens its 2008-09 season.

Laugh-out-loud comedy and unusual relationships are certain to entertain and please audiences as the West Georgia Theatre Company opens its 2008-09 season.Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” begins with a community preview on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts.  Performances follow from Wednesday, Oct. 1, to Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday matinee on Oct. 5 at 2:30 p.m. All performances will be in the Mainstage Theatre of the TCPA.

One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, “Twelfth Night” embarks on a journey of misadventure, cross-dressing and just plain fun. The bard’s classic tale tells the story of Orsino, the Duke of Illyria and his undying love for Olivia, a countess. Olivia’s attentions lie not for the powerful Orsino but toward the untimely death of her brother. Viola, a young woman also mourning a loss, withdraws from society and, to avoid being detected, takes on a male disguise. Unfortunately, her plan goes awry when Olivia begins to fall for Viola’s male persona.

Shelly Elman, associate professor of mass communications and theatre arts and director of theatre, directs the season opener. UWG students include stage manager Hope Mullinax of Buford; assistant stage managers Emily Thomas of Marietta and Matthew Brewer of Fairburn; costume designer Marie Estes of Newnan; and props designer Chris Ringkamp of Syracuse.

Ticket prices for the community preview are discounted at $3. All other show tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children and free admission for UWG students. TCPA box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 678-839-4722.