The following script was originally created for a camp for high school aged students. The shortened version allows students the ability to work with the script and become familiar with Shakespeare’s work, without the pressure of performing the whole play. Depending on the students experience and level, there are opportunities to double up roles or give each student a specific role. The performance runs about 45 minutes in length. Minimal costume pieces and props can allow for quick transitions and character changes, if needed. All the text comes from Shakespeare's original scripts. The script has been edited for length but the storyline remains the same.
There are a total of seventeen speaking roles that can be played by seventeen actors, or some roles can be doubled to work with a cast of fourteen. If additional characters are desired, non-speaking roles can be added by having ATTENDANTS that assist ORSINO or OLIVIA, SAILORS, and additional OFFICERS.
Roles that can be played by the same person: VALENTINE and PRIEST SIR ANDREW AGUECHEEK and SERVANT ANTONIO and SEA CAPTAIN OFFICERS, SAILORS, and ATTENDANTS