ORONO – If anything can step up the pace of spring’s arrival this year, it’s a dose of silly Shakespeare performed in the open air.
The Orono Village Green, a natural amphitheater located behind Orono Public Library, will be transformed into a Shakespearean comedy central, when Orono High School drama performs “Twelfth Night” on Thursday, May 8 and Friday, May 9 at 5 p.m. and on Sunday, May 11 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $3 for students and seniors, and $5 for all others. Refreshments will be available, with snack and beverage sales to benefit the OHS drama program. Audience members are reminded to bring blankets or lawn chairs for comfortable outdoor seating.
“Twelfth Night” features shipwrecked twins, disguises, romance, mistaken identity, a countess, a duke, a clown, and more romance. The play captures the revelry that prevailed in the period following Christmastide in Shakespeare’s England. For one day only, social roles and rules were overturned. Girls could dress in young men’s clothes, servants could order their lords about, and general chaos and disorder reigned. With OHS actors bringing Shakespeare’s words to life, the revelry continues more than 400 years later under Orono’s’ setting springtime sun.

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