REPORTING · 21st July 2015
This summer, Kitimat Arts for Youth funded a Summer Drama Camp for Kitimat’s Young people. On July 19th, they put on an abridged performance of Twelfth Night, based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare, at the Legion. The play was attended by around 101 people. The performance raised $464 which was donated to the Humane Society.
“Several years ago, we had done ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream and it was really a lot of fun with the Children and I thought it would be nice to revisit that kind of situation,” said Tina Watchorn.
She wanted to do play last year, but due to the teacher’s strike of the day, she could not get into the classroom to promote it and, in the end, did not have enough children. One of the plans, for doing this play, was to have all of the costumes reflect a steam punk style. 11 children signed up for the play.
The play was cut down from around 2.5 hours to a 45 minute production. Most of the famous lines were still in the play. However, part of the intent was to get the children who participated in the play to understand one of Shakespeare’s plays.
The play is a Shakespearean comedy about a pair of twins, who are separated in a ship wreck, and the courtly courting in the country of Ilyria.
“They now know that Shakespeare is not for the snooty crowd, Shakespeare can be for everybody,” said Watchorn.
“It was really fun, but really difficult at the same time,” said Jade Busch, who played Olivia.
“I had a blast,” said Madisyn McIsaac, who played Sir Toby Belch. “I got very nervous but I tried my best.”
Both said they would perform again, and might consider a future in acting.
The sets and stage were done by volunteers and Watchorn thanked all the people who put hours into it.
Jade Busch and Madisyn McIsaac present the money made by the performance to Darlene Abercrombie
Comment by morganhorse on 25th July 2015
All the kids were wonderful in their roles, and they had so much fun doing it. What a fantastic production.