Appalachian Shakespeare Center at EKU Presents: Twelfth Night, or What You Will

A Puppet Film Premiere

“If music be the food of love, play on.”

The Appalachian Shakespeare Center at EKU presents the world premiere of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night or What You Will, a puppet film. This rollicking comedy has all the shipwrecks, twins, cross dressing, romance, mistaken identities, clowns and fools the Bard could cram into one evening. Performed with rod puppets, this feature length film was created during the pandemic by the artists of AppShakes to be used in their educational outreach program the Loose Canon Project, but for one night only you can see it on the big screen at the EKU Center for the Arts.

Shipwrecked in a strange country, Viola dresses in her lost twin brother’s clothes and goes to work for the lovelorn Duke Orsino. The duke dispatches the young servant to woo the mourning Countess Olivia who promptly falls in love with the disguised Viola’s quick wit. Meanwhile the Countess’ cousin Sir Toby Belch and his wily band of fools gang up to teach the stuck-up valet Malvolio a lesson he’ll never forget. It’s a light hearted mix of beautiful language and comedic hijinks that the whole family can enjoy.

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em.”

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