Harrison Hot Springs students bring ‘Twelfth Night’ to life

Cesario (Abbey Hillier) throws off Lady Olivia’s advances (Lilias Edwards) in the Harrison Hot Springs Elementary production of “Twelfth Night.” (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Grade 4, 5 and 6 students at Harrison Hot Springs Elementary brought Shakespeare’s comedic and romantically-convoluted Twelfth Night to life during their performance on Thursday, March 14.

The story centres on the fortunes of shipwrecked twins Viola and Sebastian, played by Grade 5 twins Abbey and Charley Hillier, respectively. Viola, in need of a place to stay, disguises herself as a man and enters the service of Duke Orisino, who she falls in love with.

Unfortunately for Viola — or Cesario, as she is known while in disguise — she is entrusted with helping the duke woo Lady Olivia, who falls in love with Viola instead. Sebastian enters the fray, and soon people can’t tell who is who.

Shakespeare’s version of Twelfth Night inspires hilarity enough, with love triangles and moments mistaken identity. But Grade 4/5 teacher Rebekah Jack added some extra comedy in her adaption of the play, by envisioning the Illyrian setting in Newfoundland and including some classic folk tunes as musical interludes.



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Cesario (Abbey Hillier) throws off Lady Olivia’s advances (Lilias Edwards) in the Harrison Hot Springs Elementary production of “Twelfth Night.” (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Lady Olivia (Lilias Edwards, far right) reveals herself to Cesario (Abbey Hillier, far left) for the first time. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
The court of Sir Tody Belch (Georgia Booth-MacLean) gets rowdy with a rendition of the song “What shall we do with a drunken sailor.” (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Lady Olivia (Lilias Edwards) declares her love for Cesario (Abbey Hillier) during Harrison Hot Springs Elementary’s production of “Twelfth Night.” (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Cesario (Abbey Hillier) throws off Lady Olivia’s advances (Lilias Edwards) in the Harrison Hot Springs Elementary production of “Twelfth Night.” (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Antonio (Anna Gilbank) is dragged off stage by the police after saving Cesario, who he thinks is Sebastian, from a duel. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Lady Olivia (Lilias Edwards, far right) declares her love for Cesario (Abbey Hillier, centre) in the play’s finale. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

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