Special to the Journal
LEESBURG, Ga - Lee County High School’s award-winning theatre arts program will present its 3rd annual Bard-in-the-‘Burg production this week. This year’s show is Shakespeare’s purest comic romp Twelfth Night. Shows are set for Friday through Sunday, May 3-5.
The Bard-in-the-‘Burg event is an annual celebration of Shakespeare featuring a full-scale production of one of the Bard’s great plays with a cast of Lee County High School student actors. Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare most popular plays, and its story is a daring and delightful tour de force of sheer lunacy: Twin siblings, Viola and Sebastian, are separated in a shipwreck and eventually land on opposite shores of the same country, each assuming the other has drowned. For safety, Viola disguises herself as a man, and this leads to some gender-bending madness. Throw in a drunken uncle, a self-righteous steward, a love-struck buffoon, a saucy house maid, and an ample amount of riotous singing and that’s Twelfth Night—Shakespeare’s wildest and funniest romantic comedy.
Dotty Davis directs the production with assistance from stage manager Candace Shirley, an LCHS sophomore. As with previous Bard-in-the-‘Burg productions, the show is performed in Shakespeare’s original words, but the setting is anything but Shakespearean. According to Davis, “Since the plot is instigated by a shipwreck and characters being washed ashore, we decided to give our Twelfth Night a decidedly tropical isle look and feel. I guess it’s a little bit like Spring Break on Gilligan’s Island. We think audiences will have great fun.”
The cast includes Zac Crew, Tiffani Miller, Andrew Miller, Garrett McKinnon, Amanda Cotto, Davis Cowart, Turner Hitt, Demi Davis, Alma Garcia, Deshod Holley, Nicolette Mantica, Hunter Fallin, Jamie Green and Tyler Calhoun.
Twelfth Night is set for Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. The final performance is a matinee on Sunday, May 5, at 2:30 p.m. All tickets are $5.00. There will be a special preview performance for students on Thursday, May 2 at 7:30. Tickets for that special performance are $3.00. The box office will open one hour before each show, and advance tickets are available at the high school office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each weekday.