Halibut Point State Park usually attracts tourists and locals alike as a spot to appreciate the view overlooking the ocean.
Tomorrow, however, the state park will attract an audience for another reason.
The Rebel Shakespeare Company is beginning its final weekend of performing "Twelfth Night," with free admission at Rockport's Halibut Point near the visitors' center.
Tucked in an area with a view of the Babson Quarry and the Atlantic Ocean, the Shakespearian classic will be brought to life by a young cast. The Rebel company, established in 1990 by Keri Cahill, focuses on youth involvement and education. Based on the North Shore, the Rebel group becomes a traveling troupe performing the Bard's best all over the New England area every summer.
The 13 students bringing "Twelfth Night" to life range in age from 8 to 18 and are assisted by "mommy volunteers." Christine Geiger, the program's spokeswoman, is excited to bring the show to Rockport. She said that the scenery is conducive to the show. Rockport's rocky shores and island atmosphere lends itself perfectly as the backdrop for the play.
The Rebel Shakespeare Company offers a chance for students to explore their love for theater and expand their skills.
Geneva Cann, 14, of Marblehead said she appreciated the sense of community that the actors have developed, which leaps off of the stage. Their energy is effervescent — and Halibut State Park is similarly looking forward to tomorrow's performance.
"I'm always looking for new ways to expand and highlight the visitor experience at Halibut Point by expanding what can be offered at the park," said John Ratti, the park interpreter.
Although Ratti has added concerts and art to the park's repertoire of beauty and peacefulness, "Twelfth Night" will be the first theatrical production performed there. Those attending can bring picnic and blankets to enjoy the free theater at the 5 p.m. show.
TWELFTH NIGHT CAST
Eight roles are "double cast" among eight actors who will trade off parts during the 10-show tour.
Viola/Sea Captain: Shared by Rozzie Kopczynski and Julia Kingsley;
Antonio/Curio: Lauren Goff and Max Celentano;
Maria/First Officer: Jess Geiger and Geneva Cann;
Fabian/Valentine (and the Priest): Sage Magnant and Sonya Rosen;
Duke Orsino: Jesse Garlick;
Olivia: Madeline Goldberg;
Sir Toby Belch: Maeve Harrington
Sir Andrew Aguecheek: Seth Tiberius Finkelstein
Feste: Robin Sillars
Malvolio: Henry Lutts
Sebastian: Adam Power