Ridgefield High School Theatre returns to the stage on Friday, Oct. 27, beginning a series of six performances of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” at Ridgefield High School.
Also known as “What You Will,” the play is a comedy centered around a case of mistaken identity, and some consider it to be Shakespeare’s best romantic comedy, according to a release by the Ridgefield School District.
“Viola and her twin brother, Sebastian, have been shipwrecked off the coast of the exotic Illyria, with each believing the other to have drowned,” according to a description in the release. “Viola disguises herself as a young man and, under the name of Cesario, gets a job as a servant for the Duke, Orsino.
“Orsino is in love with Olivia, but she’s mourning for her dead brother, so has rejected all his advances so far,” the release continues. “He sends Cesario (who is really Viola) with love letters to woo Olivia on his behalf. Unfortunately for the Duke, Olivia is taken in by Cesario’s disguise and falls in love with him.
“Viola has secretly fallen in love with Orsino, and Orsino is confused by his feelings for his new ‘male’ servant. So, Viola loves Orsino, Orsino loves Olivia and Olivia loves Cesario/Viola,” according to the release.