Shakespeare in the Garden
Rome Community Theater (RCT), in partnership with the Rome
Art & Community Center (RACC), is staging a production of Shakespeare's
The show will be presented outside, on the RACC grounds.
July 14th at 7:00 p.m.
July 15th at 7:00 p.m.
July 16 at 2:30 p.m.
$12 for adults and $8 for children. $1 discount for RACC membership or RCT membership card. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.
Director - Adrian Maggio
Assistant Director - Amanda Milone
Producer - Trena Defranco
Viola has been shipwrecked in a violent storm off the coast of Illyria; in the process she has lost her twin brother, Sebastian. She disguises herself as a boy and assumes the name Cesario for protection. Thus disguised, Viola becomes a page in the service of Orsino, the Duke. It seems that Orsino is having little luck courting Olivia, who is in mourning for the deaths of her father and brother. As Orsino's proxy, Viola is sent to Olivia with love letters. Viola refuses to budge until she is let in to see Olivia; Olivia, intrigued by the impudent young "boy," contrives to get "Cesario" to return by sending her steward, Malvolio, after her with one of Olivia's rings. Viola realizes to her dismay that Olivia has fallen for her Cesario rather than Duke Orsino—further complicated by the fact that Viola has had stirrings herself for Orsino.
Meanwhile, in Olivia's house, Sir Toby Belch (her uncle) has hoodwinked a foppish Sir Andrew Aguecheek into supporting him by convincing him that he could be a suitor to Olivia. There is a running feud between Malvolio and Belch; with the help of Maria, Olivia's maid, and Feste, a clown, Belch plots to make a buffoon of the steward. Maria writes a love letter to Malvolio that will make him think Olivia has fallen for him.
Orsino - Ned Ferris
Valentine/Priest/Officer/Servant – Sue Lincoln
Viola - Melissa Brass-Maggio
Fabian/Captain - Carl Defranco
Sir Toby Belch - Adrian Maggio
Maria - Josephine Perkins
Sir Andrew Aguecheek - David Bunker
Feste/Sebastian - Nicholas Williams
Olivia - Laurie Marshall
Malvolio - Ted Lenio
Antonio - Jim Bintz