Review by Reeya Dighe, Critical Crew of Walnut Hills High School

Shipwrecks, brothers and sisters and a strange love triangle. "Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare tells the story of Viola, a shipwrecked girl who, with the help of a captain, disguises herself as a man and engages in the service of the Duke of Orsino under the pseudonym of Cesario. Viola falls quickly under the spell of the sweet and charming Duke, himself in love with Olivia haughty and distant. While these love – struck individuals are chasing each other around the island of Illyria, hilarity and confusion ensue under the impulse of none other than Feste the jester.

Ryle High School has approached this long comedy in a particularly minimalist way, with ingenuity and wit. Anchored by a powerful lead actress and an equally competent ensemble, the actors and the team delivered an unforgettable performance, effectively translating the humor, love and amazement that make Twelfth famous. Night. "

Averie Morris, in the role of Viola, has delicately embodied this character of the time with both a dignified femininity and a childish charm. She quickly transitioned from a shipwrecked sister, to loyal soldiers, to a loving lover, thus achieving uncompromising comic timing in the process. Also brilliant, Wade Yates, in the role of Feste, has mastered the complex Shakespearean humor. Coupled with interactions with the public at the right time and symbolic humor of the 21st century, Yates has brought an unprecedented energy and dimension to this Shakespearian stock figure.

Supporting actors have brought tremendous zeal and enthusiasm to their roles and have effectively brought humor with ease and intent. In the role of Olivia, Elliet Malatesta enthusiastically delivered a passionate interpretation of this madly loving character. In front of her, in the role of the Duke of Orsino, Evan Bales dexterously described this noble polish become a melancholy lover. The Pranksters, composed of Anna Basinger and Fabian, James Lindeman and Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Slate Robinson and Sir Toby, and Camryn Smith as Maria, maintained great energy as a dynamic and hilarious. They have actually progressed in the plot while maintaining the light and whimsical tone of the room.

With the unique decision to play this classic in the round with an extremely minimal set, the focus has been on the actor 's technique, intention and presence on stage. The Twelfth Night cast graciously took up the challenge, leaving it all on stage for a truly remarkable performance.

Review by Charlie Eibin, Ursuline Academy Cappies Critical Team

Love triangles are always fun, especially when they are associated with false identities and written in iambic pentameter. Students at Ryle High School interpreted one of the most epic love story triangles in theatrical history: "Twelfth Night."

Originally written in the early 1600s by William Shakespeare, "Twelfth Night" has a long history of productions. Next to exactly the original text, the production tells the story of Viola, a young heroine separated from her brother, Sebastian, after a shipwreck. In the society of that time, it is unlikely that Viola could succeed as a single woman, so she adopts the identity of a man and called Cesario. Throughout her career as a Cesario, Viola falls in love with a man named Orsino, in love with Countess Olivia, creating a true love triangle when Olivia falls in love with Viola, thinking that Viola is a man.

Being a Shakespearean comedy, the dialogue can sometimes be difficult to follow, but the actors have done an exceptional job with facial expressions and a raw emotion in their voices to make the plot easier to understand. It should be noted that no single character stumbled significantly in delivering a complicated line of iambic pentameter.

The heroine of the story, Viola (also known as Cesario), was played by Averie Morris. Morris excelled at playing both the feminine aspect of his character, madly in love, but also strong and independent, and masculine appearance, doing his best to keep pace with the facade.

Elliet Malatesta (Countess Olivia) and Wade Yates (Feste the Fool) were also outstanding. The most impressive was the emotion that Malatesta described as Olivia in her passion and obsessive qualities. Yates has never failed to provide comic relief. Whether singing at random or playing tricks on other characters, Yates was perfectly qualified for the role of a jester.

Although the scenery is extremely simplistic, the stage team has worked wonderfully to block the scene so that everyone can make the best use of the space. Jack Archie, Sophia Hanson and the rest of the stage crew were still able to guide the scene from one scene to another. The simplistic decor and lack of accessories allowed each scene to live up to the imagination.

The students at Ryle High School realized this complex show with pure emotion and simplicity that left a lot to be imagined.

Review by Clare Brennan, Critical Crew of Walnut Hills High School

The twists of a comedy are often disconcerting, but equally amusing; This is certainly the case with the production of William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" at Ryle High School. "Twelfth Night" follows Viola, a shipwrecked and lonely girl, who assumes the character of a man named Cesario and tries to get closer to Duke Orsino, the man with whom she is delighted. Unfortunately, Orsino's affection rests on Olivia, a woman who mourns the loss of her brother. In true Shakespearean fashion, the intrigues are intertwined and mixed so that Olivia is in love with Viola, whom she believes to be a Cesario. This comical sub-plot revolves around this central parcel. She is interested in the different inhabitants of Olivia's house and their plot to dethrone the very strict Malvolio, administrator of the house. As the show is a traditional comedy, it ends of course with the main characters in love with the partners, despite the hilarity that reigns on the way.

Averie Morris is given a mission to play Viola. Morris, bravely cutting his hair for the role, deftly described Viola as a truly kind person, caught in such a wild situation. The character Viola presents the unique challenge of having to play a woman claiming to be a man; Although Morris sometimes put aside her pretense of comedy for the public, she managed to master this difficult aspect of her role. In front of her, Elliet Malatesta as Olivia; Malatesta has been brilliant in his interpretation of drama. Impressive, Malatesta often had the impression of rushing into a hysterical crisis at any time, with low and emotional crises of crunches and crackling higher, almost funny. Another interesting aspect of Malatesta's performance is her physiognomy, which was always feminine but barely assembled. Morris and Malatesta together had quite explosive chemistry, explosively describing the laughter of the public as Malatesta was constantly trying to woo the apprehended Morris.

Although the main performers of the show were not disappointed in any way, the true spirit of the show lay in Wade Yates, whose performance as Feste the Fool was close to perfection. Yates has combined a crazy personality with unbridled honesty to create a hilarious and adorable joker. Despite being often a rather nasty character, it was hard not to look for Yates in his never-ending quest to spin pots and make others laugh. Another critical aspect of Feste, in particular, is his desire to sing, not to be confused with his ability to sing. Yates won many songs throughout the show while remaining charming. In a production already at the acting game, Yates is distinguished by his infinitely delicious performance.

The production also included original music written by Andrew Strawn. Writing a composition is already a laudable task, but writing one to correspond to a specific program already written is another. Strawn's music was nice and pleasant, and darker in the moments when it was needed. Strawn's collaboration with the unique singer, Yates, has also been hailed by the fact that his content is not only Feste, but also Yates as a singer.

Overall, the production of "Twelfth Night" at Ryle High School has been very successful with all the essential comic and dramatic rhythms. Actors adept at the appropriate score, this production was captivating and alive, creating a world where it seemed that something could happen next.

Extracts from classified student reviews

"Ryle's production was motivated by the drunken trio that included James Lindeman as Sir Andrew, Slate Robinson as Sir Toby and Wade Yates as Feste the Fool. The trio directs most of the comedy elements of the play and adds vital energy to the show. Feste's drunk songs, Andrew's exaggerated foolishness and Toby's complete lack of boundaries were combined to create a hilarious addition to the play. "

-Iris LeCates, Walnut Hills High School

"Playing on the fuzzy ideas of good and bad in the play, Ryle High School imaginatively presented a steampunk theme. This was particularly notable in the brilliant design of the costume. The Victorian clothing was judiciously mixed with metal accents in the form of buttons and pins. The sets have been complemented by accessories such as hats or metal goggles chosen to match the unique personality of each character. Olivia's costume was a remarkable example. "

-Victoria Childers, Roger Bacon High School

"Viola, played by Averie Morris, did a great job in embodying his role because he was a little different from many other series. The piece required that she play a girl only during two scenes, the beginning and the end. Between those times, she had to behave like a man, a girl playing the role of a guy, which requires more skill than it seems. Morris met and exceeded all expectations. "

-Allison Kiehl, Loveland High School

"The teams did a phenomenal job behind the scenes. The direction of the stage presented a fluid show with fast and concise scene changes. They laid the foundation for the wonderful show that was presented. The musical composition, directed by Andrew Strawn, carried you back to Shakespeare's time and filled the image of the stage with great themes. "

-Shelby Lutz, Colerain High School

"The other notable actors were Elliet Malatesta and Wade Yates. Both actors played with keen enthusiasm through their daring choices and the physical appearance of their characters. As Countess Olivia, Malatesta portrayed her character as a strong, daring, fun and fun woman in the story using fun facial expressions. As Feste the Fool, the character who provides wisdom with hilarious jokes between the two, Wade Yates has resorted to physical gestures and nervous movements similar to those of a child, who have kept the rest plot in motion. "

-Suzy Troughton, William Mason High School

"Looking through the poster, we may have noticed something a little strange: the music. Music in a Shakespeare production? Not just music, music originally composed by Andrew Strawn, a student at Ryle. The music was used for stage changes and even some musical numbers. It was certainly a good surprise. "

-Carter Unrau, Campbell County High School

"In a room where scenes change quickly and frequently, emotions usually fluctuate in the same way. One thing that remained constant, however, was the laughter that constantly followed the presence of Feste the Fool on stage. Improvisation was encouraged during the rehearsals and many of these lines were transferred into the final scenario. Many of these were offered by Wade Yates who played Feste. He clearly appreciated his role and channeled it to create a character that everyone loved. "

-Elizabeth Snelling, Ursuline Academy

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