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Shakespeare Sails Into North Salem

CROTON FALLS, N.Y. – In less than 12 days Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” will premiere at North Salem’s intimate Schoolhouse Theater. To celebrate the occasion, the Schoolhouse invited Penny Cherns of London’s Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) to direct the comedy.

The play was first produced about 1602 as an entertainment to culminate the close of the holiday season, 12 days after Christmas. Though 12 drummers drumming will not be part of the Schoolhouse performance, it promises to be a stirring production with a cast of experienced professional actors, all members of Actors Equity.

The play is a comedy of errors, involving shipwrecks, mistaken identities, disguises, crossed love, fools, and, in the end, all’s well that ends well.

As is its custom, the Schoolhouse will follow Sunday matinees with celebrity and cast Talk Backs with the audience. The first of these, on May 27, will feature Cherns.

Cherns has directed at various prestigious venues throughout Britain and has taught workshops abroad in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Oslo and Buenos Aires, and in the United States at Juilliard, Yale, Brandeis and the University of Iowa.

“Twelfth Night” opens on Thursday, May 24, and continues until Sunday, June 10. Performances are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $33 on Thursdays and Fridays, $35 on Saturdays and Sundays.

“Twelfth Night” is the final play of the 2011-12 season at the Schoolhouse Theater . If you have not yet experienced the snug and amiable venue and its excellent professional performers, this might be the time to catch up. It is definitely not much ado about nothing.

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