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Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

  • Show Dates: Aug 12-28
  • Show Times: Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 PM / Sundays at 2:00 PM
  • Ticket Prices: $25 for VIP / $19 for General Seating (Student & Senior Discounts Available)
  • Special Events:
    • LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Wednesday, August 3 at Noon / FREE
    • OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION: Friday, August 12 from 6:00-7:30 pm. / $15
    • PICNIC ON THE PATIO: Before every performance of TWELFTH NIGHT (6:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 12:30 pm on Sundays) / Boxed dinners/lunches will be available for $8!
  • Magic, mayhem, and mistaken identities come to the stage in Shakespeare’s cherished romantic comedy TWELFTH NIGHT. Brimming with wild infatuations, swooning serenades, drunken high-jinx, and beloved characters, TWELFTH NIGHT remains an audience favorite!

    Play Synopsis

    Brother and sister Viola and Sebastian—who are not only very close but look a great deal alike—have been shipwrecked in a violent storm, and both think the other dead. Now seemingly alone in a foreign country (Illyria—the ancient name for the coast of the Adriatic Sea), Viola dresses as her brother for protection and adopts the name “Cesario,” becoming a trusted friend and confidante to Count Orsino.

    Count Orsino is madly in love with Lady Olivia, who is in mourning due to her brother’s recent death, which she uses as an excuse to avoid seeing the count, whom she does not love. Orsino sends “Cesario” to do his wooing, but Viola’s a little too good at her job and finds herself in the middle of a messy love triangle: Olivia falls in love with “Cesario” (who we know is Viola), but Viola can’t return Oliva’s favors because she has fallen in love with the Duke!

    Things get more complicated when a moronic nobleman, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and a self-important servant, Malvolio, get caught up in the schemes of Lady Olivia’s uncle, the alcoholic Sir Toby Belch, who leads both Aguecheek and Malvolio to believe Olivia loves them. Furthermore, Sebastian, Oliva’s twin brother, surfaces in the area causing more confusion in this tale of mistaken identities!

    Directed by Shane William Kegler


    On Wednesday, August 3 at Noon, join writer and historian David Garnes and University of Connecticut professor Lindsay Cummings  at Cheney Hall for a discussion about TWELFTH NIGHT and UCONN’s upcoming FIRST FOLIO EXHIBIT!  The program is free and NO reservations needed. Guests are invited to bring lunch; complimentary beverages provided.


    Celebrate opening night on Friday, August 12 from 6:00-7:30 pm. Enjoy  a deliciously catered meal from Brown Sugar Catering and musings about the show from David Garnes. Dinner is $15, with a discount for subscribers. Reservations required.


    Before every performance of TWELFTH NIGHT (6:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 12:30 pm on Sundays) join us for a picnic on Cheney Hall’s patio. Boxed dinners/lunches will be available for $8! Call ahead to secure your spot! Excludes opening night on August 12, 2016.

  • Alysa Auriemma (Olivia) “Most wonderful!” Alysa is delighted to finally return to Shakespeare! Alysa received a BFA in Drama and an MA in English from the University of Connecticut. Favorite roles include Amy in Company (LTM), Third Witch in Macbeth (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me Kate (Summer ...
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    Mason Beiter (Curio/Officer) This is Mason’s first performance at Cheney Hall but not his first show. He has done work with his old High School and Suffield Players. His list  of achievements include catching all original 151 Pokemon (Pre-Pokemon Go), binge watching Orange is the New Black, rapping Ice ...
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    Ed Bernstein (Malvolio) Ed is delighted  to be returning to LTM,  where he was seen  as Selsdon Mowbray in Noises Off as well as in Evenings@7 readings Colonel Sellers Re-Animator, Art and The Glass Mendacity. Recent roles elsewhere include Brooker/ Wagstaff in Nicholas Nickleby (Hartt School), Babe in Hearts ...
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    Joseph Dias (Antonio/Sea Captain) This is Joey’s first time performing at the Little Theatre of Manchester and he is very excited to perform as Antonio. He graduated with a Theatre degree and a Communications degree from Eastern Connecticut State University and some of his credits include being a two-time ...
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    Chad Dominique (Fabian) Chad hails from Willington, Connecticut, and is a graduate  of Eastern Connecticut State University, having graduated May 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre with a minor in Communication. He works by day as a shipping clerk for Gerber Technology in Tolland, finding creative ways to ...
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    Samantha Figueroa (Attendant to Olivia) Samantha Figueroa of Windham, CT, is a grad- uate of Eastern Connecticut State University and has been a lover of Shakespeare since she was nine. She has performed as Euelpidia in Aristophanes’ The Birds and played various roles in The Laramie Project at E.C.S.U ...
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    Jen Jensen (Maria) Jen “the Generator ” Jensen recently retired from the octagon as a professional MMA fighter. Before her career in mixed martial arts, she attended SUNY Albany where she majored in herding cats. Since leaving the free-range feline ranch, she has been busy with Walter White, developing ...
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    Josh Karam (Duke Orsino) Josh is very excited to be working with the Little Theatre of Manchester. He has just finished his first year at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School pursuing a BFA in Music Theater. Josh has been an actor at the Majestic Theater, and has worked ...
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    Zachary LaSala (Valentine) A graduate of ECSU, Zachary LaSala has been in numerous theater productions in a wide variety of capacities ranging from acting to props manager in shows about time traveling feminists, fairy tales, and the army. Little Theatre of Manchester’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT runs ...
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    Rayah Martin (Feste) Rayah is happy to be back at LTM for her third show this season. She recently directed Boeing Boeing, and played Betsy/Lindsey in Clybourne Park. She has also been on our stage in Almost, Maine; Moon Over Buffalo; and Moon Over the Brewery. Previous Shakespeare roles ...
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  • Your Brain on Shakespeare: How the Bard Makes You Smarter

    By Liz Davis on www.good.is

    An excerpt from

    Researcher Philip Davis, a professor at the University of Liverpool’s School of English, has been studying the brain and reading. He says exposure to Shakespeare’s deliberate language mistakes—like using a noun as a verb—makes you smarter.

    Shakespeare actually invented around 10 percent of the words he used in his plays, poems, and sonnets, and he plays with the grammatical roles of words—a line in Twelfth Night, “the cruellest she alive” morphs a pronoun into a noun. Davis says those creative mistakes make our brains “shift mental pathways and open possibilities.” The more exposure we get to such creativity, the more alive our brain becomes. He points out that one of the dangers of the way we write and speak today—and, inevitably, the way we teach writing and speaking—is its predictability. The discouragement of Shakespearean kinds of creative mistakes and the sameness of our modern language gradually deadens the brain.

    Davis’ research is still a work in progress, but I think he’s on to something. Think of all the kids who can instantly recall Snoop Dogg’s rap lyrics—with all their non-standard words and phrasings—but can’t recall the “correct” sentences in their social studies textbook.