During a one night performance, Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) and Quest Theaterworks will bring the return of outdoor summer theater back to Nevada County audiences with the production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
Quest Theaterworks will present a fun, revised version of Twelfth Night – “a big broad comedy with some poignancy” – to the North Star House at 5 p.m. Saturday July 5. Families are invited to bring a picnic supper on the lawn to watch the play considered accessible for modern audiences. Beer, wine and desserts will be available for purchase.
Outdoor theater has a more festival feel, says Artist Directory Scott Ewing. Think Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival or Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In recent years, the historic North Star House designed by the famed architect Julia Morgan and run by the North Star Conservancy has become a community venue for concerts and other events.
With community support, BYLT conserves beautiful local open spaces forever, builds miles of trails and provides dozens of outings and experiences for young and old to connect with nature. “We wanted to partner with Bear Yuba Land Trust to help them out. The North Star House seemed like a beautiful place to bring outdoor theater back to Nevada County,” said Ewing.
This is the first Shakespeare production for the touring theater group. Preeminent actress of the region, Director Trish Adair has directed Shakespeare in the past. Ewing was a partner and business manager of “Reduced Shakespeare Company,” which performed condensed versions of all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays each night. The company toured all over the world.
The play centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. The play focuses on the Countess Olivia falling in love with Viola (who is disguised as a boy), and Sebastian in turn falling in love with Olivia.
“It’s Downton Abbey, Shakespeare Style… “This play is a lot of fun and ultimately about bullying and how we treat each other,” Ewing said. Quest Theaterworks slogan is, “theater that entertains, engages and enlightens.” Plays are designed to give audiences a good experience and something to think about.
Bear Yuba Land Trust Community Program Manager Melony Vance first became enthralled by the quality of Quest Theaterworks with their production of Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays with Morrie” at the Elks Lodge in Grass Valley.
“Quest Theaterworks is known for producing quality shows using unusual and interesting venues. Not a traditional theatrical setting, we all sat around the edges of the room while the play took place in the center. The actors were so believable, we all had tears in our eyes by the end of the show,” said Vance.
Tickets cost $40 in advance and supports Bear Yuba Land Trust and Quest Theaterworks. For an additional $20, theater lovers will have the opportunity to pre-purchase tickets for a VIP Cast Reception following the show. It’s an opportunity to mingle with the actors and director in a private room of the historic North Star House. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be included
This is a bring-your-own-chair event. On the lawn, ticketholders will find a section in front for blankets, a middle section for low chairs and a section in the rear for high chairs. Shade canopies will be allowed in the rear section only. Picnics are encouraged and beer, wine and desserts will be available for purchase. No outside alcohol please.
For every five tickets purchased, get one free.
To purchase tickets online, visit here.
(Source: Bear Yuba Land Trust)