Image_2The Charlotte Community Foundation donates, on behalf of their donor Leadership Charlotte, $250 so that the Punta Gorda Middle School eighth-graders could attend the Asolo Conservatory performance of “Twelfth Night” at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center.



Local students got to see a condensed version of William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “Twelfth Night” this week.
The plot of the more than 400-year-old comedy centers around twins, Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in
a shipwreck, and the humor and confusion that ensues with drinking and singing, unrequited romantic pursuits, pranks and mistaken identities.

Actors from Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training in Sarasota on a New Stages Tour performed.  They stopped at Port Charlotte High School, then went over to the Charlotte Performing Arts Center (CPAC) at Charlotte High School. Eight-graders from Port Charlotte Middle also saw the performance at CPAC that afternoon.

“I’ve never done anything like this, but I’m actually enjoying it,” said Kelsey Peterson, who played Viola. “I like being able to make it more accessible to them, so it doesn’t seem as old or stuffy.”

While the original play could take up to four hours to perform, the modern take is condensed to an hour with 45 minutes for the actual play, and a 15-minute question and answer period with students. It also has modern songs like, “Watch Me Whip
(Nae Nae).”

“The Whip Nae Nae, that made my day, to modernize it like that was so funny,” said CHS Senior Bealah Roger after the performance.

Charlotte County Public Schools has been a part of the tour since it  was launched five years ago to provide education
and outreach to as many students as possible, especially those who might not otherwise attend live theater, according to
Publicist Sasha Fields.

Sun-Herald Article October 10, 2015 by Sommer Brokaw