After the success of the fall play “Puffs,” the Queen’s Court Company (QCC) is rehearsing for the spring musical. This year, the students will be performing “Twelfth Night,” the musical adaptation of a classic Shakespearean romantic comedy. With the show opening on March 11, the Queen’s Court Company will spend the next few weeks bringing Shakespeare’s story to life.
“I am particularly excited about ‘Twelfth Night’ the Musical, as it is the perfect introduction to performing and understanding Shakespeare,” explained Ellen Phillips, director and theatre teacher. “It isn't overwhelming; it's a light, fun story and a new way to learn how to decipher The Bard's words.”
The story follows Viola, a young heroine who journeys to find her true self and true love on the shores of Illyria. The cast has been working hard at rehearsals, as they study the new scripts, choreography, and music to tell this story. Senior Amanda P., who will be playing Viola, has enjoyed the process of learning a new character: “This character is the most layered and complex individual I have had the opportunity to explore, and I am very excited to bring her to life in such a powerful, meaningful, and relevant production.”
With music written by Shaina Taub, the show is full of jazz-funk musical numbers for all audiences to enjoy. Mrs. Phillips is especially excited about the music. “It has an incredible score. The music is so fun, and the way it continues the narrative of the story is so clever.”
For the seniors, this production will be their last with the QCC. “While part of me is sad to be taking my final bow at Trinity Hall, I could not have picked a better show nor a more talented and caring group of people to perform with,” expressed senior Hannah B., who has been dreaming of performing “Twelfth Night” since her sophomore year.
Seniors have the unique opportunity to carry on QCC traditions and show younger students the ropes. Freshman Julia V. explained she has had “so much fun getting to know the older students and watching their talents soar.”
Mrs. Phillips noted, “The fact that we are the first high school in the area [to perform ‘Twelfth Night’] is very exciting to me. The theme of love being timeless and coming in so many different forms is something we all need to remember, as love can carry us all through the darkest of hours.”
Trinity Hall’s “Twelfth Night” will run from Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13. You do not want to miss it! More information regarding showtimes and purchasing tickets will follow in the next few weeks.