Cannon Beach, OR Sept. 19, 2014 –After a tragic shipwreck, Viola finds herself washed ashore on the beach of Illyria, having lost her twin brother Sebastian in the storm. Masquerading as a young boy, Viola enters the service of Duke Orsino, who is in love with the lady Olivia. The Duke charges the disguised Viola to help him win Olivia’s hand. Olivia, in pure Shakespearean style, falls in love with the disguised Viola who, in turn, has fallen in love with the Duke! Combine this wonderful and charming romantic comedy with the hysterical figures of Malvolio, Sir Andrew Aquecheek and Sir Toby Belch, and you have one of Shakespeare’s most riotous comedies of mistaken identity!
The show is directed by Merril Lynn Taylor, who has more than 50 Oregon directing credits include The New Rose, Artists Repertory Theatre, PSU, Pacific University, The Coaster Theatre and The River. She was also the Artistic Director of Sandstone Productions in New Mexico and Manager of Portland Dance Theater.
Twelfth Night is generously sponsored by Coaster Construction and Martin Hospitality.
September 26, 27
All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices: $15-$20
Box Office: 503-436-1242
Who’s Who in the Cast:
Brandy Hussa will take on the role of Viola. At the Coaster Theatre since 1998, she has performed in Bullshot Crummond, Angel Street, Enchanted April and See How They Run. She holds double Bachelor Degrees from Hamilton College and earned a British Fight Directors’ Society certification for stage combat.
Cameron Lira will play Olivia. Since 2008, she has appeared in fourteen productions at the Coaster Theatre, including Break a Leg, She Loves Me, Crimes of the Heart, My Fair Lady and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Jennie Tronier will take the stage as Maria. This season, she has appeared in Present Laughter, and also choreographed Into the Woods. Prior to moving to Oregon, she lived in New York City where she attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Circle in the Square Theatre School.
Appearing as Sir Toby Belch, is Ryan Hull. Before returning to Oregon he completed the actors training program at the Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway in New York City.
Jack Shields will play Sir Andrew Aguecheek. He is a veteran theatre performer and director with a resume of over 130 acting roles from Sophocles to Edward Albee and from Aristophanes to Kaufman & Hart. As a musical performer his signature role is Tevya in A Fiddler on the Roof, at both St. Mary’s Academy and Coaster Theatre. He also has 142 directing credits.
Frank Jagodnik is cast as Malvolio, stepping into his 44th Coaster Theatre Production since 1997, his last role being Parker Burnett in Gramercy Ghost.
Jason Hussa will appear as Fool. For this role he has learned the mandolin and composed the original music for the show.
Donald Conner will appear as Fabian. He has been in over 30 plays at the Coaster Theatre since 2001. He says, “Believe it or not, Shakespeare is easier to memorize than a modern play. Shakespeare was an actor himself, he wrote with them in mind.”
Benjamin Van Osdol will play Orsino. He was memorable as the loud and proud Bo in Bus Stop, and played a very pompous Victorian gentleman in A Doll’s House, lit the way for the Boys Next Door, and most recently appeared in Into the Woods andThe 39 Steps.
Slab Slabinski is cast as Valentine. This is his third foray into the Bard. He was last seen as Arnold in The Boys Next Door and also appeared in Present Laughter, Scrooge! The Musical and Gramercy Ghost among many other Coaster Theatre productions.
Josh Loring is Curio. He first took the stage at the Astor Street Opry Company in We Interrupt This Program during the 2013 New Works Festival. This year has been the beginning of an adventure into consecutive theatre projects at the Coaster Theatre.
Richard Bowman will appear as Sebastian. This is his first attempt in the unknown world of Shakespeare, after being involved with the Coaster Theatre for the last seven years. His favorite past roles include Mr. Green in Clue: The Musical and Chip inThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Don Anderson is cast as Antonio. He started acting in high school, appearing in Kiss Me Kate and Charley’s Aunt. In college he appeared in Our Town, Man of La Mancha and Taming of the Shrew among others.
Thomas Ayres is the Captain. He has popped in and out of roles at the Coaster Theatre for many years. He was “Young Scrooge” in the very first Coaster Christmas Carol in 1972, and has gone on to play many roles since then.
Barbara Ayres is a Lady to Olivia. This is her Shakespearean debut, after playing many rolls at the Coaster Theatre since 1972.
Deborah Carson is the other Lady to Olivia. Moving to Cannon Beach just two years ago, she happily brings her theater experience to the Coaster Theatre, which began with her first performance as a child in The Nutcracker.
Emily Estrada is the Stage Manager. A recent U of O graduate, she had the opportunity to study theatre abroad in London where she fell in love with Shakespeare.
The Collaborative Team of Costumers. What you will see on stage is the work of eight different sets of hands, and also includes costumes on loan from the theatre departments of Clackamas Community College, Portland State University and Portland Opera.
Mick Alderman, Lighting Designer, has designed lighting for dozens of stage plays, dance concerts, and other live events…many of which have been at the Coaster Theatre.
Cindy Karr is in charge of props. After volunteering at the Coaster Theatre in the light/sound booth, as a stage manager and pianist for the Children’s Education Program, she officially joined the staff in 2013.