The Festus High School theater students are presenting their first play of the 2021-2022 school year, and they tackled a challenge: William Shakespeare's classic "The Twelfth Night."

You would think it would be tough to make Shakespeare's work translate for today's audiences, but here's one synopsis of the plot: "It's a play about desire’s power to override conventions of class, religion and even gender. Several characters begin the play believing they want one thing, only to have love teach them they actually want something else."

A cast of performers, mostly with only a couple of acting credits to their resumes, if that, pull off the emotion, wordplay, physical comedy and twists to the unexpected, all Shakespearean trademarks.

One of the play's classic lines: “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”

The Festus production opened Thursday (Nov. 11) and continues at 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 12) and Saturday (Nov. 13) at Festus High School, 501 Westwind Drive. Tickets are $5.

These photos are from a dress rehearsal.

Photos by Steve Taylor