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Summer of Love: Wesleyan Theater Updates Shakespeare

By Amy Jackson
Staff Reporter

Before The O.C., there was Illyria– at least in Dr. Jan Lewis’s vision of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth

Twelfth Night

Graphic courtesy Mary Ann Howard

Night. Lewis’s Twelfth Night is based loosely on Montecito, California during the Swinging Sixties. Wesleyan’s retelling is staying true to Shakespearean storyline except for the differences in the time periods.

It was after studying Shakespeare that a group of Wesleyannes decided to perform several of the Bard’s plays. Dr. Lewis was electrified with both their theatrical and musical abilities. It was only while listening to vintage 1960’s beats during a drive that Dr. Lewis decided to produce Twelfth Night. In bringing the comedy to life, Lewis aimed to “make the play fun and relevant for [both] students and non-students.”

Wesleyan’s production of Twelfth Night will be full of recognizable tunes to set the mood. The show will include songs from The Beatles such as Yellow Submarine, I Love Her, and Yesterday. There will also be a few Beach Boys selections for the “Gidgets.” Come out and enjoy a night of groovy acting, music, and a love letter to an era. Cheers to California Dreaming!

Twelfth Night, or What You Will opens on Thursday, October 15, 2009 and runs through Sunday, October 17, 2009. The show begins each night at 8 p.m. on the main stage of Porter Auditorium. Tickets are $8 general admission and $4 for non-Wesleyan students, alumnae, and seniors. Wesleyan students and faculty are free. Call (478) 757-5259 or e-mail theater@wesleyancollege.edu for more information.

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The Wesleyan Word is the official student newspaper of Wesleyan College. Operated and produced by students, The Word is printed twice per month during the fall and spring semesters. Online editions are released every Wednesday throughout the school year. Wesleyan College is a 4-year private residential college for women in Macon, Georgia. Established in 1836, Wesleyan College is the first college in the world to charter degrees to women.

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