treat awaits a lucky few Friday in Kodiak. Through the National Endowment for
the Arts, the Kodiak High School English department and the Fairbanks
Shakespeare Theater, the Bard's play "Twelfth Night" will be performed in
Kodiak. KMXT's Jay Barrett has more.
-- (Rebecca 1 12 sec "Ohhhhhh...
what a deal of scorn ... Love's night is noon!")
only be Shakespeare, of course. A line by the character Olivia in the romantic
comedy Twelfth Night, performed by Rebecca Eddy of the Fairbanks Shakespeare
Theater, which is bringing the play to Kodiak Friday.
is the recipient of a $25,000 National Endowment for the Arts matching grant to
bring Shakespeare to schools in rural parts of Alaska. They will perform
Twelfth Night for students, and then conduct workshops for the English and
drama classes. Eddy is also the assistant artistic director for the theater:
-- (workshops 38 sec "It's
catered to the group ... performing for each other.")
in Kodiak will be treated to a free public performance Friday night.
teacher Crystal Thomas said that her principal tipped her off to the
opportunity of bringing the professional Shakespeare company to town. She said
that she usually teaches Macbeth to her sophomores in the spring, but welcomed
the opportunity to switch the curriculum this year:
-- (Shakespeare 2 35 sec "Because
they gave us ... that they're performing.")
as she introduced her students to the play, they immediately recognized a
modern story in it:
-- (Shakespear 3 27 sec "There's
a contemporary movie ... and I can't wait.")
that the selection of Twelfth Night is perfect for a high school audience:
-- (fast paced 39 sec "It's
a lot of fun ... streamlined and fast-paced.")
Fairbanks Shakespeare Theater has toured the state for years since being formed
in 1992. They claim to be the "World's Northernmost Shakespeare company," and
have even performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This is the second time
it has been the recipient of a $25,000 National Endowment for the Arts matching
grant to bring Shakespeare to rural parts of Alaska.
be one public performance only, at 7 p.m. Friday. Admission is free, and since the
Drama Pod at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium has a capacity of just 125, Thomas
recommends coming early to get a good seat.