NSU’s “Twelfth Night” is sure to make you laugh


Lia Portillo Cantarero

“Twelfth Night’s” cast continue to stay in character as the lights of A.A. Fredericks Auditorium turn back on.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana students in the Department of Theatre and Dance performed their first showing of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” on March 16, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

The first glimpse of the play is portrayed by the minimalist set displayed across A.A. Fredericks Auditorium stage. Three main aesthetics associated with the main scenes are exhibited. While all props for the different sets are visible, the way in which the lighting follows the characters makes the audience forget about looking at everything displayed on the stage.

Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” is a comedy filled with drama, love triangles and comedic interactions between characters. The play is filled with cast members that make every moment count and bring comedy to the audience they hope to entertain.

While you may get lost in some of the Shakespearean language, the performers act spectacularly. Their interactions with one another and their body language allowed the audience members to keep in touch with the story.

The intricate details of “Twelfth Night’s” team is seen in performers’ costumes, the switching of color lights to set the moods of different scenes and the proficient use of Shakespearean language each performer acts out.

Even during the singing parts, a hint of Shakespearean language is heard.

The story is filled with mischief acted out by secondary characters and it is within those moments that the audience laughed the most.

This was not a production where members of the audience were supposed to learn trivial themes. Instead, the play focused on the humorous, dramatic events that the story follows. It portrays the farce aspects of love triangles and uses satire to bring laughter.