Shakespeare’s 12th Night closes theater season

By on November 13, 2013

The UAB Theatre Department has already had great success with its opening play of the season, “Big Love” by Charles Me, and expects more to come. The department’s final production of the season, Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “Twelfth Night”; or, “What You Will,” is playing at the Alys Stephens Center. Nov. 13-16 and 20-23.

“UAB students should enjoy this production as it is set in modern times with costumes based on the British Rock and Roll Invasion of the 1960’s,” said Jack Cannon, UAB Assistant Professor of Theatre.

The plot focuses on two twins, Viola and Sebastian. After a sudden tragedy, Viola disguises herself as a male servant, Cesario, and sets out to serve the Duke of Illyria, only to quickly fall in love. Viola’s journey quickly diverges when a love triangle (then square) forms.  The production examines male-female relationships and the meaning of love through side-splitting humor.

“The UAB Department of Theatre is one of the best sources of entertainment in Alabama and the southeast. We are nationally recognized for our attention to design as well as acting and we achieve this recognition through the work of our students,” said Cannon.

UAB Theatre students have spent over eight weeks rehearsing and perfecting Shakespearean language and comic fight scenes. All fight scenes are staged, choreographed and well-practiced.

Senior theatre major Alora King composed the original music for Twelfth Night. King’s set includes an original song for the opening, “What You Will.” Senior theatre major Angela Cartensen created a 1960’s British Rock and Roll-inspired costume set.

“UAB students not only act in our productions, they design sets, costumes, and compose original music, as well as design lights and sound throughout our season of events. The work of these students is entered into national competitions where UAB students not only compete and win against undergraduates across the country but against graduate students as well,” said Cannon.

In the Spring semester, the department will produce the Pulitzer Prize drama, “Rabbit Hole,” by David Lindsay-Abaire and “Urinetown: the Musical.” In addition, students will write a 10-minute plays to present at the department’s annual Festival of Ten Minute Plays.

UAB Department of Theatre enters all its productions in the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. The Festival accepts college productions across the country and presents the best in Washington D.C. In 2008, UAB Department of Theatre’s “In the Blood” was one of three plays out of 300 chosen as a finalist by the festival. UAB has four tour groups that travel across central Alabama to elementary and high schools.

“The Department of Theatre is not only a hidden gem here at UAB, but in Birmingham as well. If you haven’t experience one of our shows, now is your time,” said Cannon.

General admission tickets for Twelfth Night are $15, student tickets $6 and UAB employee and senior citizen tickets $10. Call 205-975-2787 for tickets. For more information on UAB Department of Theatre, visit

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