Bath Shakespeare Festival is delighted to present “Twelfth Night” beginning July 12 outdoors next to the gazebo in Library Park.

Featuring professional actors and designers from Maine and across the country, the performances are presented in conjunction with the Patten Free Library and sponsored by Bath Savings Institution.

The show runs Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from July 12-22. All performances start at 6 p.m., and tickets are $20 for general admission; $15 for students and seniors and $5 for kids 12 and under.

Opening night is a special pay-what-you-can performance.

“Twelfth Night” is a delightfully madcap comedy of mistaken identity, where a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the Duke she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves. It is a perfect outing for families, with its outrageous story and unforgettable characters.

The comedy is believed to have been written by William Shakespeare in 1601 or 1602 as entertainment at the end of the Christmas season.

“Twelfth Night is both hilarious and romantic,” Director Stephen Legawiec said. “It has a great deal of music which we will be performing live.

“Comedy, love and music – what more could you ask for?” he said. “Even newcomers to Shakespeare will be delighted.”

The cast features the best Maine actors as well as guest artists from all over the country.

Local talent includes Robbie Harrison as Andrew Aguecheek, Clay Hawks as Fabian, Bart Shattuck as Malvolio, Nathan Sylvester as Antonio, Aaron Verrill as the Priest, and Elise K. Voigt as Maria.

The guest artists include Ellie Boisseau as Olivia, Justino Brokaw as Toby Belch, Tim Colee as Sebastian, Sean Mannix as Feste, Jo-Jo Steine as Viola and Louis Robert Thompson as Duke Orsino.

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