Carroll College: Mistaken identities and unrequited love abound in Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’

Marga Lincoln for the Independent Record

Pirates and sword fights and sea shanties – oh my!

Theatergoers get to immerse themselves in Shakespeare’s mythical world of Illyria, when pirates roamed the seas and people fell intoxicatingly and improbably in love at the blink of an eye.

Carroll College takes on William Shakespeare’s popular comedy, “Twelfth Night,” opening 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, and running through March 11.

It’s a tale of romance, mistaken identities, gender confusion, a love triangle, plentiful puns and mischievous pranks.

The story begins with twins, Viola (Alyx Gage) and Sebastian (Bellicia Hawk), being separated in a shipwreck. Each believes the other is dead.

Viola is rescued by a sea captain who helps her disguise herself as a man (Cesario) to secure employment with Orsino, the Duke of Illyria.

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Cesario’s daunting task is to carry Orsino’s passionate love messages to Countess Olivia, who is shunning all communication with men as she mourns the death of her brother.

A love triangle arises when Olivia suddenly swoons for Cesario, while Cesario/Viola has grown infatuated with her employer, Duke Orsino.

Adding to the confusion – Sebastian arrives on the scene – plucked from

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