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What if John Hughes had made ‘Twelfth Night’ into a movie? Theatre Baton Rouge has the answer | Arts – New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana 2021-06-12 21:00:00 –

What if John Hughes made Shakespeare one of the teenage movies of the 1980s?

Theatrical Baton Rouge realizes that potential when its young actor program performs William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” three times on the theater’s main stage from June 18th to 20th.

And while it follows Shakespeare’s false identity and romance farce, its character reflects Hughes’ new generation of comedy and drama that defined the 1980s.

“I wanted to arrange’12 Nights’ in a modern way,” said Carol Moore. “I knew I had to choose a time when my cell phone wasn’t available. ’12 Nights’ fits easily with what John Hughes did in his movie in the 1980s.”

And the timing wasn’t perfect anymore. 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the first Shakespeare work of the Young Actors Program, Twelfth Night.

In the play staging, Moore studied Hughes’ hits “Pretty in Pink,” “Feliz Suddenly One Morning,” “16 Candles,” and, of course, “Breakfast Club.”

Most of the cast had never seen Hughes’s movie, so Moore watched “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty in Pink” in groups before the rehearsal began.

Written around 1600, “12 Nights” revolves around twin violas and sebastians separated by a shipwreck.

Viola disguises himself as a man named Cesario, and while looking for his brother, he falls in love with the Duke Orsino, who is in love with the Countess of Olivia. However, Olivia falls in love with Cesario, not knowing that he is a disguised viola.

Olivia, played by 15-year-old Elizabeth McDonald, is inspired by Claire, the character of Molly Ringwald in the “Breakfast Club.” McDonald’s, who will become a junior at Danham School in the fall, describes Olivia as energetic and witty.

“Once she understands what she wants, she aims for it,” she said.

And Olivia wants a sesario (really viola) played by 16-year-old Simone Sharp, who will be a junior at Baton Rouge Magnet High School in the fall.

Sharp said her character was a cross between Andy from Ringwald and Ducky from Jon Cryer in “Pretty in Pink.” The character’s double persona was a challenge for Sharp, as she had to switch between girl and boy traits.

“It’s awkward, but I worked with Carol and some male friends to develop their manners,” she said.

Next is the Duke of Orsino, played by 17-year-old Justin Thompson. Orsino’s inspiration is Emilio Estevez’s Athletic Andrew Clark at The Breakfast Club. Thompson, who will attend Tulane University this fall, has used his football experience to develop Orcino.

John Tregre, who recently graduated from Baton Rouge Magnet High School at the age of 17, may play the most fascinating character of Olivia’s clown Feste.

“Carroll described Feste as a cross between Feliz Buehler and David Bowie,” Tregre said. “I watched’Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’and watched David Bowie’s music video. This character is a luxury.”

He also sang Feste, and his music is the first live music to be performed at Theater Baton Rouge since the blockade of the coronavirus a year ago. He sings hits from the 1980s, especially those that have become popular in Hughes movies.

“It’s going to be different, and it’s going to be something that the audience can relate to,” Moore said. “And it will be a lot of fun.”


‘Twelve nights’

when: June 18th and June 19th at 7:30 pm. June 20, 2:00 pm

Where: Theater Baton Rouge, 7155 Florida Boulevard

Admission fee: From $ 25.75 to $ 30.75.

Ticket / Information: (225) 924-6496 or theatrebr.org..



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