Upcoming Performances

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“To enter a theatre for a performance is to be inducted into a magical space, to be ushered into the sacred arena of the imagination.”

~ Simon Callow, Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World

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(Pssssssst! keep reading for more detailed news about the 2019 Season Lineup!)

 

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Twelfth Night: Nov 1-17, 2019
Director: Billy Hetherington
Venue: Willits High School Auditorium
Twelfth Night, or What You Will, is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1601–1602 as a Twelfth Night’s entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. The play centres on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola (who is disguised as Cesario) falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with Countess Olivia

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Twelfth Night 

Twelfth Night is considered to be one of William Shakespeare’s “high” comedies, written when he was in his full maturity as a playwright. 

The term “Twelfth Night” refers to the evening of January 5, which is the twelfth night after Christmas, and which is the night on the day before the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6. In the Middle Ages, Twelfth Night was a night of revelry and license, when social positions were reversed and when the watchword was  “anything goes.”

In Shakespeare’s play, we have a mix up of both identities and gender roles.  Orsino, the Duke of Illyria loves Olivia, a countess, but Olivia, grieving over the sudden death of her brother, has sworn off men and so cannot love Orsino. Viola, a young woman of Messaline, loses her twin brother Sebastian in a shipwreck in which she herself also foundered and was nearly drowned. Viola asks the sea captain who has saved her to present her to Orsino, disguised as a young man. He does, and Viola ends up quickly falling in love with Orsino. Orsino sends Cesario to Olivia to plead Orsino’s love to her; however, Olivia falls in love with Cesario. 

Meanwhile, Sebastian is discovered alive and is brought to the court of Olivia. Olivia, thinking that Sebastian is Cesario, offers marriage to Cesario/ Sebastian; a proposal that Sebastian accepts; the jilted Orsino, recognizing that Cesario was once a woman, finally understands that Viola loves him, and proposes marriage to her. Viola accepts, and thus we have the twins marrying into the nobility on the same day: a double marriage and a classic comedy. 

As adapted by director Billy Hetherington, the play is shifted to America in the 1930s. Instead of happening in the dukedom of Illyria, it happens at Mr. Duke’s, a faded night club known as the “12 Nightclub”.  Instead of being a countess; Olivia is the once celebrated Diva and main performer; all other main plot points of the play remain as Shakespeare wrote them, except when they are inverted. 

As a special addition of Mr. Hetherington’s, the night club will feature a house band with Craig Mountain as the Musical Director. 

Hetherington was for many years the Artistic Director of the Willits Shakespeare Company. He has directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Taming Of The Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, Annie Jr., Catch Me If You Can, Treasure Of The Gypsies, Alice In Wonderland, Crumpled Classics, The Hobbit, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Great American Trailer Park and most recently, Peter Pan, to name a few. He is currently, in his 10th year, working as the Theater Arts teacher at the Willits Charter School. 

Twelfth Night will be performed at the Allen J. Garcia Auditorium at Willits High School. It opens November 1 and will run for 10 shows, closing on Sunday November 17. 

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                                                                                            Cast members

Viola                Tori Perreault                                         Sebastian            Garrett Moore

Duke                 Christopher Martineau    

Olivia                Phaedra Swearengin

Maria              Misty Dawn Allen

Malvolio          Ron O’Brien                  

Toby Belch       Benjamin Strasser              

Fabian               Jeff Shipp                      

Andrew            Mara Moratti                

Curio                Miranda Swearengin

Cabaret           Ariel Herz-O’Brien     

Valentine         Allegra Rose Silveira             

Cabaret           Joseph Loya                  

Cabaret           Aria Eva Silveira       

Officer             Elizabeth Dellett    

Antonia          Lisa Wilcox   

Feste, a clown    Malakai Schindel      

Billy Hetherington can be reached at (phone) 367-5724;  email at billybard5792hotmail.com       
Note: All Thursday, Friday and Saturday Evening Perfomances in 2019 will begin at 7:30 pm. Sunday Matinees at 2 pm. 

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Tickets for all Performances at WCT (other than First Thursdays) will be available for purchase online through Brown Paper Tickets.

Tickets also available:

In Person at Mazahar,

by phone any time 1-800-838-3006.

Also at the door if not sold out.

Advance tickets online, by 800# phone and at Mazahar close 2 hours before the show opens, so get your seats early or show up at the door to claim any unsold seats.

This show is all Open Seating.

For more information at any time, phone WCT at 707-459-0895 (leave a message) or email wct@willitsonline.com

All ticket sales are final.

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Sneak Preview: 2020 Season!!

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  • February 7 – 23, 2020
  • Doubt: A Parable
    Playwright:  John Patrick ShanleyDirector:  Steve MarstonIt’s 1964, and things are changing, to the chagrin of rigid principal Sister Aloysius. However, when an unconscionable accusation is leveled against the Father, Sister Aloysius realizes that the only way to get justice is to create it herself. And as for the truth of the matter? As Father Flynn says, “Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty.” In stunning prose, John Patrick Shanley delves into the murky shadows of moral certainty, his characters always balancing on the thin line between truth and consequences. An exquisite, potent drama that will raise questions and answer none, leaving the audience to grapple with the discomfort of their uncertainties. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play.
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  • April 10 – 26, 2020

    The Winter’s Tale

    Playwright:  William Shakespeare

    Director:  Mike Adair

     

    A classic, late-Shakespearean romance, this play tells the story of the fictional King Leontes of Sicily, who is consumed by jealousy when he suspects his wife, Queen Hermione, of having had an affair with is best friend, King Polixenes of Bohemia. Leontes’ jealous rage wreaks havoc in his family; however, Shakespeare turns what starts out as a tragedy into a profound play about redemption, forgiveness and the triumph of life.

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June 12-28, 2020 
Painting Churches
Playwright:  Tina Howe
Director:  Ellen Weed
Gardner and Fanny Church are preparing to move out of their Beacon Hill house to their summer cottage on Cape Cod. Gardner, once a famous poet, now is retired. He slips in and out of senility as his wife Fanny valiantly tries to keep them both afloat. They have asked their daughter, Mags, to come home and help them move. Mags agrees, for she hopes as well to finally paint their portrait. She is now on the verge of artistic celebrity herself and hopes, by painting her parents, to come to terms with them and they with her. Mags triumphs in the end as Fanny and Gardner actually step through the frame and become a work of art ineffable and timeless. Finalist, 1984 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.
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    • June 30 – August 9, 2020
    • Youth Camp
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October 2 – 18, 2020

Wait Until Dark
Playwright:  Frederick Knott
Director:  Mathew Caine

This thriller is the story of Susy Hendrix, a recently blinded housewife who unwittingly possesses a doll filled with illicit drugs. Harry Roat, a brutal and sophisticated criminal, coerces two small-time thugs into helping him con Susy into giving up the doll. A battle of wits ensues as Susy and the young girl upstairs launch a counterplot against the thieves. The drama plays on the themes of darkness and light as Susy navigates through her sightless world, and the crooks signal each other with light through the Venetian blinds. Susy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off all the lights leaving them to maneuver in the dark until the game ends.

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  • December 4 – 20, 2020
Send in the Elves:  Dec 4-20 (an original musical play)
To be performed at Willits High School.
Book by Sam Younghans
Music & Lyrics by Paula Samonte and Sam Younghans
Director:  Robert Ford
The trolls hate Christmas and devise a plan to keep Santa home on Christmas Eve. They pretend to kidnap Mrs. Claus in order to lure Santa to their ice cave to rescue her. Santa falls into their trap and is captured by the trolls. He won’t be able to deliver toys to the boys and girls; will the trolls succeed in cancelling Christmas? Just in time, the elves discover the plot and rescue Santa. Christmas is saved! In the end, Santa, the elves and the trolls discover they actually have much in common. The trolls see the error of their ways and discover they don’t need to be evil to be happy. Santa and the elves welcome the trolls into their happy fold. Singing, dancing and joy abound!

Thank you to Les Schwab Tire Center of Willits and NC Financial

for underwriting our 2019 season!

And Thanks to our Season Sponsors

Ace Copy Center, J.D. Redhouse, Savings Bank of Mendocino County and Yokum’s Body Shop