BUCKHANNON — Residents of Buckhannon and surrounding areas were offered a fantastic “Shakespearience” Saturday evening thanks to Create Buckhannon sponsoring a performance by The Rustic Mechanicals.
People of all ages were able to come together at Jawbone Park and enjoy a light-hearted rendition of “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare. Members of the theater group presented the production in a modern way, staying true to the way Shakespeare would have delivered the performance himself. The community came out in good attendance to enjoy the event.
For those who weren’t able to attend, twins Sebastian and Viola are shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, separated and believing each other are dead. Beside herself with grief, Viola disguises herself as a boy and goes into the service of the Duke Orsino. The Duke, madly in love with the Countess Olivia, sends Viola to woo on his behalf. What could possibly go wrong? Olivia falls in love with the cross-dressed page, while Viola falls deep and fast for Orsino.
Meanwhile, mischievous servants play painful pranks at each other’s expense. Chaos ensues as griefs, loves, and deep human confessions collide. Sweet resolution wins the day as friends, twins, and lovers are reunited in Shakespeare’s timeless, soulful, and irrepressible music-filled romantic comedy.
The production was directed by Jason A. Young, alongside many other specialty directors. The Rustic Mechanicals featured in the production include Josh Brooks, Calian Byard, Sarah Beth Ealy, Justin Grow, Derek Hess, Samantha Huffman, Kaici Lore, Jason A. Young, and Sarah Young.
“The turn out was fantastic. After 20 months, it feels so good to be back at it again,” said Director Jason A. Young, who also played Toby.