Twelfth Night Cast

Twelfth Night Cast

by Christian Riboldi, dramaturg

Welcome back to the 4th Wall! Tonight is opening night for our production! It’s going to be such a blast we can’t wait for you to come see the show! Make sure to come a few minutes early to make your very own fake mustache that you can wear into the play!

As you’ve seen in our past posts, we’ve been putting a lot of work into this show behind the scenes. Today, in preparation for you coming to see the show, I’d like for you to get to know the casts just a little bit more. In your program you’re going to be able to read a little bit about each cast member. I’m going to include those biographies here. However, there’s only so much information you can get out of cast biographies that have to meet a certain standard for BYU productions. Our main theme for this show is to be true to yourself. I would like to help you get to know our cast members and who they really are. Because they are pretty amazing people.

In preparation for today’s posts I sent around a survey to the cast and asked them to answer the following questions as honestly as they could. It was really fun to see their reactions because sometimes they had to think really hard to narrow down their answers.

Here is half of our cast and a little bit about each of them.

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Savanah Smith playing Viola

Sherry Kopischke – plays Viola

From Vancouver, Washington. Senior in theater arts studies with a minor in nonprofit management. Last seen as Liana in the BYU adaption of Princess Academy. Upon her return from the Alpine German-Speaking Mission, she met her husband and they have been happily married since August.

  • What is your favorite line that your character says in the show?
    My favorite part is the Viola reveal, “that I am Viola!”
  • What is one random fact about you?
    I love Reese’s peanut butter cups.
  • Where is the furthest place you have traveled and why did you go there?
    Northern Italy; an exchange on my LDS mission. Or Vienna for Mission Zone Conferences. I’m not sure.
  • How many kids are in your family? And where do you fit into the mix?
    Four and I’m the second oldest.
  • What is your favorite book?
    Oooohh tough question. I love to read the Chronicles of Narnia, but it’s hard to pick a favorite.
  • What is your favorite T.V. show?
    Scrubs
  • What is your favorite movie?
    Tangled
  • What is your favorite animal?
    Ostrich
  • What is your type of favorite food?
    German food. Bratwurst, Schnitzel, Rotkohl, Raclette…yuummmmm!
  • What was your first theater show and how old were you?
    In 4th grade my elementary school did a little Disney pageant program, I got to be Sleeping Beauty – my favorite princess at the time. Now I’m a big Rapunzel fan.
BYU Young Company production of Twelfth Night.January 19, 2016Photo by Jaren WilkeyBYU© BYU PHOTO 2016All Rights Reservedphoto@byu.edu (801)422-7322

Cameron Bridston playing Feste

Cameron Birdston – plays Feste

Cameron Bridston has been performing from a very young age. He has been playing trombone since he was twelve, and has been singing since even earlier. When he isn’t onstage with the young company, he is either writing music, recording music, or performing his over the top original music for any crowd that will hear him. Notable roles include a lamb in a production of The Christmas Story, and the Bill of Rights in his Elementary School performance of The American Revolution Musical.

  • What is your favorite line that your character says in the show?
    “Latrine”
  • What is one random fact about you?
    I own 13 pairs of shoes, and I can play the trombone!
  • Where is the furthest place you have traveled and why did you go there?
    New York. To, well…you know.
  • How many kids are in your family? And where do you fit into the mix?
    I’m the oldest of three. The “Example”
  • What is your favorite book?
    George Orwell’s 1984
  • What is your favorite T.V. show?
    Glee
  • What is your favorite movie?
    The Prestige
  • What is your favorite animal?
    Any dog.
  • What is your type of favorite food?
    Mexican Food.
  • What was your first theater show and how old were you?
    Revolutionary War the Musical, I was 9 years old.
BYU Young Company production of Twelfth Night.January 19, 2016Photo by Jaren WilkeyBYU© BYU PHOTO 2016All Rights Reservedphoto@byu.edu (801)422-7322

Andrew Smith playing Sebastian

Andrew Smith – plays Sebastian

A transfer student from the University of Alaska Anchorage; Andrew is studying theatre education. After receiving certification from the Leadership Education Mentoring Institute Andrew taught after-school Shakespeare classes for several years. His favorite acting credits include himself in the Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Shakespeare: Alaska, Mr. Bingley in Pride and Prejudice at the Alaska Fine Arts Academy, and a troupe member in the 2016 Microburst Theatre Festival at BYU.

  • What is your favorite line that your character says in the show?
    “I am mad, or else this is a dream. If it be thus to dream still let me sleep.”
  • What is one random fact about you?
    By the time I was ten years old, I had read all the Harry Potter books at least 10 times. I was obsessed.
  • Where is the furthest place you have traveled and why did you go there?
    I live in Alaska, and the furthest I’ve been is to Washington D.C., to tour the sites. It’s about 4,500 miles from my home.
  • How many kids are in your family? And where do you fit into the mix?
    I’m the third of ten kids, ranging from 5-25 years old.
  • What is your favorite book?
    The Giver, by Lois Lowry, and Harry Potter of course.
  • What is your favorite T.V. show?
    Friends
  • What is your favorite movie?
    Dead Poet’s Society
  • What is your favorite animal?
    Dolphins
  • What is your type of favorite food?
    Cheeseburgers…or triple chocolate brownies.
  • What was your first theater show and how old were you?
    When I was 12, I played the Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland.

 

Twelfth Night PlayBYU Young Company production of Twelfth Night. January 19, 2016Photo by Jaren WilkeyBYU© BYU PHOTO 2016All Rights Reservedphoto@byu.edu (801)422-7322

Savanah Smith playing Olivia

Savanah Smith – plays Olivia

Savanah is from American Fork, Utah. She is a senior in the BFA acting program here at BYU. Last semester she played Hypatia in Misalliance here at BYU. She loves Shakespeare, and has enjoyed watching this show come to life!

  • What is your favorite line that your character says in the show?
    “Thy Yellow Stockings!”
  • What is one random fact about you?
    I love miniature things.
  • Where is the furthest place you have traveled and why did you go there?
    Australia, visiting my grandparents.
  • How many kids are in your family? And where do you fit into the mix?
    Two, and I am the oldest.
  • What is your favorite book?
    Dear John, by Nicholas Sparks
  • What is your favorite T.V. show?
    New Girl
  • What is your favorite movie?
    What Dreams May Come
  • What is your favorite animal?
    Monkey
  • What is your type of favorite food?
    Mexican
  • What was your first theater show and how old were you?
    I was 12 and played Little Timoune in One on This Island.

Next time join us again to meet the rest of the cast. Notice how different each individual is. It’s fun to get to know others and compare the similarities and differences that we share with them.

 

Photos are credited to
BYU Young Company production of Twelfth Night.
January 19, 2016
Photo by Jaren Wilkey
BYU© BYU PHOTO 2016
All Rights Reserved
photo@byu.edu (801)422-7322

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