2012 Summer Shakespeare Festival Features Twelfth Night

Outdoor theatre festival features fun for the whole family

Capital Classics Theatre Company enters into its 22nd anniversary season with the staging of Twelfth Night; or, What You Will, as part of central Connecticut’s longest-running Shakespeare festival, for three weekends: July 26 through August 12, 2012.

Capital Classics has built a reputation for making Shakespeare accessible to the thousands of fans that turn out each summer with their family and friends—and picnic baskets—to enjoy outdoor "Shakespeare under the stars" on the grounds of the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, Connecticut.

Twelfth Night; or, What You Will is a comedy of mistaken identity, separated twins, deflated ego, and gender-crossing disguise, all to overcome obstacles and find "true" love. The Festival will also feature pre-show entertainment, which includes the Elizabethan Consort, dance, lectures by local professors, and more.

Twelfth Night is directed by Kaia Monroe Rarick, a theatre professor at Southern Connecticut State University. The cast includes Ben Cole as Sir Andrew Aguecheek (photo shown here and most recently played Caliban at Hartford Stage's production of The Tempest, where he won a Connecticut Critics Circle "debut award"); Caroline Stommes as Viola (a graduate of the British American Drama Academy); Heather Stanton as Olivia (appeared in Capital Classics' Macbeth); Geoff Sheehan as Malvolio (was Richard III last season with Capital Classics); David Regan as Feste (a core company member and set designer); Mike Nowicki as Sir Toby Belch (a theater faculty member at the Hartford Academy of the Arts); and Laura Sheehan as Maria (artistic director of Capital Classics).

The cast also includes; James Leaf as Fabian; Greg Mouning as Antonio; Nicholas Pollifrone as Orsino; Kiel Stango as Sebastian; David Loeb as the Sea Captain, Priest and Attendant; and Jacob Grannan as Valentine, Curio and the Officer.

In addition to Rarick as director, the artistic staff includes David Regan (set designer), Vivianna Lamb (costume designer), Robyn Joyce (lighting designer) and Sonia Plumb (choreographer).