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British Student Company Brings Twelfth Night to KSC

KEENE, N.H., 09/01/09 - The KSC Theatre and Dance Department welcomes acting students from The Castle Theatre Company at Durham University in England who will present Twelfth Night by Shakespeare on Saturday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call Dan Patterson at 603-358- 2198 or PeggyRae Johnson at 603-358-2166.

Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedies. In this moving balance of silliness and seriousness, the audience is thrown back and forth between sympathy and scorn for some of the most memorable characters in theatre: Orsino, the Duke of Illyria; Countess Olivia, a mourning love- interest; Malvolio, a pompous head steward; Sir Toby Belch, a drunken tormentor; Viola, a cross-dressing niece; and many others.

The Castle Theatre Company opened their production of Twelfth Night with three performances in England. This intelligent, passionate, and highly dedicated group of young actors spent July touring stately homes throughout the English countryside before arriving in the United States to tour the Northeast in September. The U.S. tour hopes to initiate a cultural exchange that will allow American college theatre productions to travel to England and perform on historic castle grounds.

Northern Stage from White River Junction, Vt., is the tour producer of Twelfth Night in the United States.

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