by Christian Riboldi, Dramaturg
Today is the start of an exciting adventure. We, as the BYU Young Company, our gearing up for our production of Twelfth Night. So far, it’s been great to get to know each other and the show that we’ll be performing for elementary schools throughout Utah.
My name is Christian Riboldi and I’m the dramaturg for the BYU Young Company’s production of Twelfth Night. I just over a month from today we will be opening in the Nelke Theater.
Unlike other BYU main stage productions, Young Company shows run for just over two months straight! During the first two weeks of the play we will hold 9 performances at BYU for the general audience, after which we will begin to travel twice a week to different schools throughout Utah. We are excited to introduce the world of Shakespeare to these children, and we hope to bring you a smile and many laughs.
One of the reasons we are so excited to bring this show to life is because of its unique and fun adaptation. As you can imagine, it’s quite the task to take a three hour work of Shakespeare and whittle it down to an understandable 45 minute show, while maintaining its integrity.
And that’s just what we’ve done.
In the coming weeks we are going to be discovering how these timeless characters behave themselves in the dry, hot, wild west. Understandably, boots, belt buckles and hair buns will give this show a flavor and feeling you will remember for many years to come. It’s going to be wild and woolly, and we couldn’t be more excited to begin this adventure with you.
For more updates on our progress, you can subscribe to our 4th wall newsletter or check back here every week before the show. We hope to see you soon.