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SALEM – Salem Theatre is thrilled to start the spring with William Shakespeare’s beloved comedy and only musical, Twelfth Night. The 90-minute musical production includes 10 local actors and a sparse set featuring the hull of a 17th century ship, and runs March 28 through April 12.

Twelfth Night is the story of a community upended by a shipwreck and how those involved take to comedy and music to solve their dilemmas. The play centers around the hilarious and wild chaos cause by twins, Viola and Sebastian, displaced by the shipwreck.

“[It] is William Shakespeare at his humanistic height as a playwright,” Salem Theatre Artistic Director Matt Grey who will also direct the Twelfth Night production. “Although a ‘comedy’, the play begins with death, disappointment and disaster. The comedy is born from sadness, and therefore retains a bittersweet-ness throughout the production.”

Photo by CMB Photography

Photo by CMB Photography

As a city almost entirely surrounded by the sea, Salem is a perfectly situated city for this production. An intense mixture of the affluent and the less than fortunate. A city removed from the central hub of the state. Like Shakespeare’s Illyria, Salem is a community defined by the sea that both sustains and threatens it.

Rachael MacAskill (Viola), Caroline Watson-Felt (Olivia), Zachary Reardon (Orsino) and Chris Martel (Feste) join the cast of Twelfth Night

Cast members include Salem residents and returning to the Salem Theatre stage Caroline Watson-Felt, Chris Martel and Ariane Grosse; members of Salem’s classical theatre troupe, Upstart Crows Diana Dunlap and Keith Trickett; and Rachel MacAskill, Zachary Reardon, Francis Norton and Christopher Noran.

The shows run includes several special evenings with discounted tickets offered, including Student Night on Thurs. April 2, 2015 for $5 as well as a LGTB Night with discount tickets offered on Thurs. April 9, 2015.

Salem Theatre is also thrilled to announce the introduction of a new community initiative to bring theatre into local schools.. For every SOLD OUT performance of Twelfth Night, Salem Theatre will give a performance of the play to a local school for free.

Tickets are available to purchase online through