SOMERS — The raucous and time-adjusted production of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” earned Parkside Theatre multiple honors from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Four University of Wisconsin-Parkside students and five crew members, including director Jamie Cheatham received the organization’s prestigious regional awards.
Cheatham was honored with a Certificate of Merit for Exceptional Achievement for the production which had a 1930s Golden Age of Hollywood setting complete with the Chaplin-esque fool Feste. Cheatham also composed original jazz-age music for the production with lyrics by Shakespeare. UW-Parkside student Josh Robinson arranged and performed the music.
Students Brenna Kempf and Ethan Hall received Irene Ryan Acting Award nominations. Kempf played the gender-bending roles of Viola and Cesario and Hall portrayed a Valentino-like Duke Orsino.
Also honored with certificates of merit for exceptional achievement were students Katlin Kobernick, makeup design and execution, and Chris Payne, lighting design. Certificates of merit went to staff members Misti Bradford for costume design, and scene designer Jody Sekas. Each contributed to the play’s “black-and-white” opening act and the Technicolor brilliance of Act Two.
“As you can see, this production was a tremendous critical success for the theater arts faculty, staff, and students,” said Dr. Dean Yohnk, theatre arts professor and dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. “This is another indication of the exceptional work that our entire theatre company continues to do in offering the best in collegiate theatre at UW-Parkside.”
Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” was presented seven times in May.