NDNU Theatre presents Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” April 12 – 21

Belmont, CA, April 4, 2013 — Mai-Tai’s and modern dance may not be what Shakespeare had in mind when he wrote “Twelfth Night” but that’s the mix Notre Dame de Namur University Department of Theatre and Dance is bringing to one of the Bard’s most popular comedies at the NDNU Theatre April 12 – 21.

“Twelfth Night” follows the romantic adventures of Viola, who was separated from her twin brother Sebastian during a shipwreck. Viola must disguise herself as a man to find work, placing herself in the midst of a love triangle complicated by mistaken identities.

NDNU’s modern adaptation of this romantic comedy is set on a luxurious Caribbean island, and features dance segments as well as original musical melodies written and performed by Johnny Villar, a junior Theatre Arts major.

The cast includes NDNU student actors Danielle Vivion as Viola, Margaret Gorrell as Olivia, Donald Henderson as Orsino, Mark Aho as Sebastian, Fiona McVicar as Maria, Johnny Villar as Feste, Audra Batter as Fabia, Hayley Mae Smith as the Captain, Jazmyne Holly as Antonia, Justin Foster as Valentine, and Cyril Mariano as Malvolio, along with visiting artist George Metropulos as Sir Toby Belch.

“Twelfth Night” is directed Michael B. Elkins, chair of the NDNU Department of Theatre and Dance, and choreographed by Coleen Lorenz, director of the NDNU Dance program. Production staff includes scenic designer and technical director Professor R. Dutch Fritz, costume designer Barbara Kassal, lighting designer William Springhorn, makeup and hair designer Jennifer Earlywine, and stage manager Arnold Orozco Ramirez.

Performances are April 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and April 21 at 2 p.m. Admission is $10. For tickets, contact the NDNU Theatre box office at 650-508-3456 or boxoffice@ndnu.edu. The NDNU Theatre is located at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont.

A special matinee performance will be presented, free of charge, for local high school and college students on Thursday, April 18 at 1 p.m.

Notre Dame de Namur University is an independent Catholic, coeducational institution serving 2000 students. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame of Namur, Belgium in 1851 and chartered by the state in 1868, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to social justice and community engagement. The University is fully accredited and offers 21 liberal arts and career preparation undergraduate programs, and 12 graduate degrees and four credentials. The 50-acre campus is located in Belmont, California, just south of San Francisco. For more information visit www.ndnu.edu.