In 1994 The Socorro Community Theater Group put on its first play, the legendary “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare. For its 25th anniversary, the team of thespians return to its roots for three performances at the Garcia Opera House of “Twelfth Night” on April 25 and 27 at 7 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m.
Eileen Comstock is one of the leading members of Socorro Community Theater and will also be appearing in the show.
“We decided to return to Shakespeare as that is what we started with,” she said. “‘Twelfth Night’ was originally written by Shakespeare for when the king needed his twelfth night festivities. The story takes place in a nebulous medieval time where a pair of twins, male and female, become shipwrecked. Each are rescued separately and go on their own journey’s.
”The play is a comedic farce full of political intrigue, a love triangle, gender swapping disguises and siblings whom both believe the other has died. It is all in good fun and suitable for the whole family to enjoy. Director Warren Marts encourages attendants not to be averse to the Old English style of writing.
“You can get a lot of communication across with the way you say things regardless of the words that are being used,” he said. “I don’t claim to have any type of artistic vision if you will but I feel that I am good working with actors who are untrained and sparking an interest in theater for them. That is what this amazing group wants to do with the audience. You don’t have to understand every word to enjoy the hilarity you are going to see on stage.”
The main protagonist of the story Viola/Cesario, has survived the wreck at sea and washes up on the shores of Illyra. Believing her twin brother Sebastian lost she disguises herself as a young man in order to survive in a strange land.
Born in Poland with years of theater experience dating back to her college years, Aga Gabor is taking on the lead role in her second go around with the Community Theater Group.
“I had a lot of fun doing ‘Drinking Habits’ with this crew last year,” she said. “When I heard about this play I definitely wanted to come out and audition. It’s fun to play a woman disguised as a man trying to navigate political waters. Also I haven’t had a chance to do Shakespeare since living in Poland so that is quite exciting. Performing is a great way to work your mind and have a chance to be someone else.”
Undoubtedly a play that is off the beaten path of popular theater lore, director Marts was given his choice of what Shakespeare play to put on.
“The community theater board approached me to direct a play for the 25th anniversary,” he said. “Truthfully I am not a huge Shakespeare historian so I read a few of his plays that I was unfamiliar with and picked 'Twelfth Night’. It had a mixture of comedy and drama but also several excellent roles for women which Shakespeare is not always known for.”
The Socorro Community Theater Group welcomes budding actors, actresses and theater hands of all ages looking to expand their artistic palette. If you would like to get involved in future performances visit their website at socorro.com/sct.