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Taproot Theatre presents revamp of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ with musical adaptation ‘Illyria’

Taproot Theatre’s newest production, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” called “Illyria,” opens on July 12 and runs through Aug. 10. It’s recommended for ages 8 and up.

This musical adaptation of Twelfth Night has all the hilarious hijinks and unrequited love of Shakespeare’s famous comedy. A mistaken identity sets off a chain of events that has everything topsy-turvy. As these classic characters sing of romance and shenanigans, you’ll be transported to a mythical land of love.

This adaptation translates Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night into contemporary language, turning the soliloquies into songs. By doing this, the musical maintains Shakespeare’s poetic sense while making it approachable for those who are intimidated by Shakespeare and presenting a new perspective for those who are already fans.


Mark Tyler Miller and Helen Harvester in “Illyria.” Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

“Illyria” is directed by Associate Artistic Director Karen Lund; music director is Edd Key. The cast includes Jenny Cross, Don Darryl Rivera, William Hamer, Helen Harvester, David Anthony Lewis, Mark Tyler Miller, Simon Pringle, Randy Scholz, Daniel Stoltenberg and April Wolfe.