Shoestring Players To Perform William Shakespeare‘s “Twelfth Night”

September 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm

The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate will perform William Shakespeare‘s Twelfth Night on October 6-8 at 8:00 p.m. and October 9 at 3:00 p.m. in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center Theatre.

The USC Upstate production of Twelfth Night is set on a British occupied Caribbean island in the mid 1850’s. The Caribbean setting provides an interesting backdrop for the play as it brings together the native culture of the island and the colonial powers that govern it. The Countess Olivia represents the native aristocracy and Duke Orsino represents the colonial aristocracy. An island location captures the romantic and playful aspects of the play while also allowing the dramatis personae to be rich in diversity.

The cast includes Joelle Gwinn as Viola, Leah James as Olivia, Anna Eylse Lewis as Maria, Herbert Johnson as Sir Toby Belch, Chandler Crawford as Sir Andrew Augecheek, Patric Phillips as Malvolio, Ashley McFadden as Feste the Jester, Sarah Murad as Fabian, Townsend Reynolds as Orsino, Ryan Barry as Valentine, Taylor Smith as Curio, Chris Smith as Sebastian, Alex Deluna as Antonio, Kaleb Gonzalez as Captain, Coe Dantzler as Priest/Sailor, Taylor Smith as Officer,  Blake Morgan as Officer/Sailor, Jordyn Chelf as Attendant To Olivia, Heather Walker as Attendant To Olivia, Juan Williamson as Musician, and Shun- Wen Cheng as Musician.

To purchase tickets, call the USC Upstate Box Office, Monday-Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at (864) 503-5695. Ticket prices are $4 for students/faculty/staff and $6 for general public.

For additional information about the play or the audition, please contact Lee Neibert, assistant professor of theatre, at (864) 503-5987 or