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Double the talent

Jones Drama Club finishes musical adaptation production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
Credit to Ramiyah Lee ‘24
Credit to Ramiyah Lee ‘24

Friday/Saturday matinee cast:

Jones College Prep Drama Club’s recent production of Twelfth Night offered a delightful interpretation of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, showcasing the talent and creativity of its young performers. With its engaging performances, thoughtful direction, and lively atmosphere, the production proved to be a memorable theatrical experience for the Jones community. 

One of the standout features of the performance was the dedication and commitment of the cast. Led by passionate and skilled actors, the ensemble brought the characters of Twelfth Night to life with energy and enthusiasm. Ruby Tallerida ‘25, who played the accordion player Feste, was the glue that brought this performance together. Her song “Is This Not Love” was a standout, as it explained the romantic situation well and gave the audience insight into the relationship between Cesario and Orsino. The song “I Am She” performed by Maria Boza ‘25 as Viola and Suz Mettlemen ‘24 as Olivia was another particularly great performance. The voices of the two female leads complemented each other very well.  

In addition to captivating performances, the beautifully designed set, constructed by the build crew and theater production classes, transported the audience into the world of Illyria. The set was transformed from the inside of a house to a town square with the orientation of tables and chairs. The run crew did an excellent job transitioning between scenes without any awkward silences. Additionally, the incorporation of dance choreographed by Ramiyah Lee ‘24 added to the overall theatrical experience. 

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Furthermore, the production demonstrated a commendable understanding of the play’s themes and motifs. While maintaining the integrity of Shakespeare’s original text, the adaptation managed to infuse the story with modern relevance, exploring themes of love, identity, and self-discovery in a way that resonated with contemporary audiences. The timeless humor and wit of Shakespeare’s writing were fully embraced, eliciting laughter and applause from the audience. 


Thursday/Saturday night cast:

From the moment the curtains rose, the stage became alive with vibrant costumes and a meticulously crafted set. The lively and refreshing cast brought to life Shakespeare’s timeless characters. The cast was infused with humor, depth, and a special touch of modern flair. 

The cast’s performances were nothing short of stellar, from melancholic melodies to catchy tunes, each actor fully embodied their character. One of the standout aspects of the production included the musical’s rendition of  “Count Malvolio ” as sung by the shoe cast’s Malvolio, Zoe Levitt ‘24. Additionally, the inclusion of “Word on the Street” executed by the ensemble allowed for a dynamic stage presence and connection between the cast and audience members. Each performance perfectly complemented the unfolding drama onstage weaving together classic Shakespearean dialogue. 

Moreover, the choreography was enacted with precision which added layers of visual and emotional depth to the production. From intricate dance sequences such as the lyrical routine during “Viola’s Soliloquy” to humorous remarks during “You’re the Worst,” every moment adds significance and enhances the narrative.

Overall, the Jones drama club’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night excelled in creativity, talent, and sheer joy. The production appeals to both Shakespeare fans and musical theater enthusiasts. This extravaganza offered a fresh and captivating take on a beloved classic.

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