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Ohio Northern Presents Shakespeare with 60s Twist

Feb 5, 2007

William Shakespeare's classic comedy Twelfth Night takes to the stage at Ohio Northern University's Freed Center for the Performing Arts for five performances, Feb. 7-10 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.

Set in the 60s, this fast paced tale of love, confusion and mistaken identity will feature original music performed by a live band. Four songs in the play have been composed by Chicago-based Jon Negus and emulate the pop rock music of the 60's and 70's. Excerpts from the music of The Beatles, Kinks and Rolling Stones will also accompany this world of psychedelic fun and confusion.

Twelfth Night is the rollicking tale of twins, a boy and a girl, who are separated in a shipwreck and wash up separately on the shores of Illyria, each thinking the other is dead. They get mixed up in love and confusion in a crazy world, get mistaken for each other, and, of course, everything works out happily in the end.

Cast members include: Bryan Beckwith (Malvolio), a senior in communication arts (theater) from Osceola, Ind.; Robert Behrens (Sir Toby Belch), guest artist and director of musical theater from Powell, Ohio; Matthew Steven Byal (Valentine) a junior in international studies/communication arts (theater) from Dunkirk, Ohio; Christopher L. Chiles (Fabian), a sophomore in communication arts (musical theater) from St. Mary's, Ohio; Michael Doyle Jr. (Duke Orsino), a freshman in communication arts (musical theater) from Delaware, Ohio; Dana Ellison (Viola) a junior in communication arts (theater) from Lewis Center, Ohio; Mary Elsey (Curio, Club Dancer), a sophomore in communication arts (theater)/literature from Uniontown, Ohio; Rose C. Emrich (Maria), a sophomore in literature/ communication arts (musical theater) from Painesville, Ohio; Ryan Hales (Antonio), a junior in communication arts (international theater production) from Toledo, Ohio; Patrick Mullen II (Sebastian), a freshman in communication arts (musical theater) from Tiffin, Ohio; Lindsay Naiman (Olivia), a senior in communication arts (musical theater)/criminal justice from Findlay, Ohio; Taryn Pramuk (Feste) a sophomore in communication arts (musical theater) from Westchester, Ohio; Brandon Price (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), a junior in psychology/ communication arts (theater) from Tiffin, Ohio; Jennifer Radomski (First Officer, Beach Bather, Club Dancer), a freshman in French/ communication arts (theater minor) from Gahanna, Ohio; and Matt Zimmerman (Sea Captain), a junior in political science from Sidney, Ohio.

Also taking part in the production are: Megan V. Davlin, assistant stage manager, a senior in pharmacy/ communication arts (theater minor) from Sandusky, Ohio; Marceline Dyer, assistant stage manager, a sophomore in communication arts (musical theater) from Andrews, Ind.; Autumn Mentick, assistant director, a junior in communication arts (theater)/creative writing from Washington, W.Va.; and Erika Prizzi, stage manager, a sophomore in communication arts (international theater production) from Euclid, Ohio.

Director is Joan Robbins, lecturer in communication arts. John Stone from Scotland is the guest scene designer; Whitney Locher from New York is guest costume designer, and Michael Friedman from Scranton, Pa., is guest dramaturg.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and students and $9 for children. For tickets, call the Freed Center box office at (419) 772-1900.

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