One of Shakespeare's most famous comedies - Twelfth Night - will be staged by a group of students from Marymount Secondary School early next month. The play, the school's annual drama production, will involve a team of 20 actresses and some 50 backstage crew, including students from Form One to Form Six. Twelfth Night is about the chaos that can result from falling in love with the wrong person. It has all the elements of a classic romantic comedy - a girl disguised as a boy; a servant tricked into believing that he can act like a master; a singing clown and a mix-up involving identical twins. 'We abridged the play by cutting some dialogue, yet we didn't modernise the language. So it is still an original work by Shakespeare,' said English teacher and director of the play, David Johncock. Teachers and students have designed settings and costumes to reflect early 19th century England. They hope this would create a better effect and make the play more realistic. 'We laugh a lot during the rehearsals,' said Form Five student Evelyn Wan. Evelyn is playing the part of Sir Andrew Aguecheek, a foolish man who tends to misunderstand others. 'It's sometimes hard for me to really get absorbed in the character, as I need to know how a man would respond in certain circumstances,' she said. The school has staged a large-scale drama production every year since 1999, including Shakespeare's Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Twelfth Night will be performed in English with Chinese subtitles. 'Despite the old English spoken in the play, I think a live show is easier to watch with the actors' feelings presented on stage. This way, they can relate to the audience,' Mr Johncock said. The school production always attracts a large audience. The organisers said this year would be no exception, as the drama would be particularly appealing to English literature students. Twelfth Night is on the current HKCEE syllabus. The play will be staged on July 8 and 9 at 7 pm at the school hall, No 123 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley. For tickets ($50 for students and $100 for adults), contact the school office (2572 8221) or they can be bought at the door on the evening of the performance.