Shakespeare-in-the-Park celebrates its 12th season with ‘12th Night’ in four locations

WESTPORT – Depot Theatre’s Shakespeare-in-the-Park is celebrating its 12th season appropriately with William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”

This comedy involves mistaken identity, unrequited love, a humorous rivalry between generations, capped off with a perfect comic ending consisting of many marriages that leaves you with a longing for the good ole days.

“Our approach to Shakespeare is playful, physical and accurate to his intent and meaning,” Co-director Scott Gibbs said. “This shortened version of Twelfth Night will feature both traditional and modern music performed by our actors, who are a diverse group of local high school and college students as well as theatre professionals.”

Gibbs’s production partner, Lindsay Pontius keeps their young cast on their toes. Audiences might see one unexpectedly climbing a tree or surprising the audience by delivering lines already perched from a tree in the park. This year may be a little different since several of the performances are located in indoor spaces but surprises are sure to be in store.

The Depot’s Shakespeare-in-the-Park Program is made possible, in part, by the Essex County Arts Council CAP Grant supported by the Essex County Board of Supervisors.

The first performance of “Twelfth Night” will be onstage at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at The Depot Theatre.

The second will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8 at Ballard Park; the third at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Adirondack History Center Museum in Elizabethtown; the fourth at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10 at the Amos and Julia Ward Theater at the Jay Village Green.

All performances are free and open to the public. No reservations required.

For more information about Depot Theatre productions, call 518-963-4449.