Los Alamos Little Theatre’s “Lions in Illyria,” a new play by Robert Kauzlaric, opens Friday, with a showing at 7 p.m. and runs for the next two weekends.
Based on William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” the story has been adapted for all ages with themes of friendship, bullying, love, and sibling rivalry, plus epic sword-fighting, dancing, disguises, and silliness.
Four adult actors bring the story alive, transforming into a crazy cast of animal characters inhabiting the magical world of Illyria, accompanied by live music from Shakespeare’s time played on recorders, viola and drum.
Separated from her brother by a storm at sea, the young lioness Violet must brave an unknown country all alone. Disguised as a boy, she joins up with a preposterous peacock on a quest to claim the attentions of the most graceful gazelle in town. But soon Violet is torn between multiple masters and her adventure takes a turn for the absurd when she becomes entangled in the clownish antics of a hilarious hyena, a wacky warthog and his featherbrained dodo sidekick – and don’t forget the monkey pirate!
The play is directed by Jess Cullinan, and stars Rose Corrigan, Jim
Jenkins, Tina Jenkins and Patrick Webb. Musicians are Patricia Fasel,
Galen Gisler, Kathy Gursky and Donna O’Donnell.