Auditions for Twelfth Night

Viola and her twin brother Sebastian have been shipwrecked; each believes the other to be drowned. Viola disguises herself as a young man and, under the name of Cesario, gets a job as a servant for the Duke, Orsino.

Orsino is in love with Olivia, but she's mourning for her dead brother, so has rejected all his advances so far. He sends Cesario (who is really Viola) with love letters to woo Olivia on his behalf. Unfortunately for the Duke, Olivia is taken in by Cesario’s disguise and falls in love with him.

Viola has secretly fallen in love with Orsino, and Orsino is confused by his feelings for his new ‘male’ servant. So, Viola loves Orsino, Orsino loves Olivia and Olivia loves Cesario/Viola.

Olivia’s butler, Malvolio, disapproves of all the other members of her household – her drunken uncle Sir Toby Belch, his friend Sir Andrew Aguecheek and her servants, Maria, Fool and Fabia. Fed up with Malvolio constantly spoiling their fun, they decide to play a practical joke on him.

Malvolio is secretly in love with Olivia, and the others trick him into believing that these feelings are returned. Maria forges a letter to Malvolio, supposedly from Olivia, suggesting that she loves him and he should wear yellow stockings and smile all the time. Malvolio does as the letter suggests, and Olivia thinks he has gone mad, so has him locked up.

Viola's brother, Sebastian, who believes his sister is dead, arrives with his friend and protector, Antonio, who rescued him from the shipwreck. Sebastian meets Olivia. She mistakes him for Cesario and asks him to marry her, he agrees.

Lots of confusion follows around the mistaken identity of Sebastian and Cesario, and exactly who is promised to whom. Eventually all is revealed, the brother and sister are reunited and the love triangle is resolved into two couples, Sebastian and Olivia, and Viola and Orsino.

Finally, Viola discovers the trick that has been played on Malvolio, and he's released from confinement.

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Audition Information for Twelfth Night

Auditions will be held in the Pollock Theatre, Wednesday, 10/16 6pm-8pm and Thursday, 10/17 6pm-8pm.

Callbacks Tuesday, 10/22. Sides will be provided.

Auditions will be by appointment. Please email Professor Landman at to schedule your preferred time slot.

Fill out Audition Form, print it and bring it to your audition

For initial audition:

Short, 1 minute comedic Shakepeare monologue, preferably from Twelfth Night.


Rehearsals start Tuesday, October 29th in Theatre Too. Schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 6:00 PM - 9:50 PM, until tech week. No conflicts accepted during tech week.


December 6, 7, 8 and 13, 14, and 15th.

Course Information

College of the Desert is a California Community College and, as a condition of participation, each cast/crew member must be enrolled for credit in a production-related course.

The credit course assigned to the Twelfth Night Cast is TA-021-1988 (Play Production/Acting) – 2 units.

  1. COD students currently enrolled and/or continuing from either fall 2019 or spring 2019:

    Cast members: an add permit code* is required to enroll in TA-021-1988.

  2. If it’s been more than a year since you’ve taken a class at COD – or – if you’ve never been enrolled at COD, you must submit an Application for Admission prior to enrolling for either TA-021-1988.