Twelfth Night program coverI hope that Sarah Werner at the Folger Shakespeare Library believes that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Her blog post in The Collation¬†yesterday inspired me to share these images and reviews from the production of Twelfth Night staged by Amherst College students in March and April of 1907.

You can see the originals on display for a bit longer in our current exhibit, Shakespeare’s Desk. As always, click on the images to see larger versions.

The cast in all their glory
The cast in all their glory

Cast list from program
Cast list from program

Below is a review from the March 23, 1907 issue of The Amherst Student. On the second page, note the additional short article that lists all of the places the Dramatics association would be performing the play in the coming weeks, including: “After the Easter trip, the cast will appear at Greenfield April 17th, Brattleboro, Vt., April 24th, Walpole April 29th and Wellesley April 27th. Performances will also be given the last of April at Springfield, Easthampton and the Academy of Music, Northampton. and the first part of May there will be presentations at Hartford, New Britain, Worcester, Ware and Chicopee.”

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Further information about “the Easter trip” performances in various Connecticut, New York, and even Pennsylvania towns appeared in the April 13, 1907 issue:

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The cast picture in the program
The cast picture in the program

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