Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival Sets Twelfth Night in the Vaudeville Era

Kingsmen - Twelfth Night 2 Elyse Mirto (Olivia) & Jerry Lloyd (Malvolio). Photo credit: Brian Stethem/CLU

Another Twelfth Night is coming to the southland this summer when Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival opens its 18th season on June 27. KSF’s Twelfth Night will be set in the vaudeville era and is directed by CLU alumnus Kevin P. Kern. Shakespeare’s classic comedy runs through July 13 in Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

Twelfth Night depicts a world out of kilter with disguises and wacky slapstick moments. Scenes are set in a speakeasy with Feste, played by Reduced Shakespeare Company member Michael Faulkner, as a singing vaudeville comedian. Original music composed by Christopher Hoag adds to the period feel. Shad Willingham, a theater faculty member at CSUN will play Orsino and Elyse Mirto (Gertrude from last summer’s Hamlet), will play Olivia. 

Kevin Kern made his directorial debut with the festival in 2008, setting As You Like It in the 1970s. He is the former director of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Apprentice Company and Summer Theatre Camp and a member of both the Screen Actors Guild and Actor’s Equity Association. An assistant professor of theater at the University of Mount Union in Ohio, Kern is producing A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the inaugural season of Shakespeare at the Castle to be performed at the 110-year-old Glamorgan Castle in late July. In September, he will present a paper on the incorporation of actor training into an education curriculum in Crete, Greece.

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is the professional theater company of CLU. The nonprofit organization coordinates apprentice programs for professional and aspiring Shakespearean actors, an educational tour program in local schools, and summer theater camps for youth.

June 27 – July 13, 2014
Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival
8:00 pm Performance
The festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-show picnicking and entertainment. General admission is $20 for adults and free for those under 18. Individual tickets are available at the door only. Lawn boxes are $75 to $110. For lawn box reservations, call (805) 493-3014 or visit


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