Brigham Young University's Department of Theatre and Media Arts gathered a group of talented actors to depict the play's underlying theme of how one's identity can be lost when innocence is polluted by jealousy.
Shakespeare's daring romance receives the double treatment -- in two special adaptations which include a noir mystery perfect for the adventurous and a fairy tale version tailored for children and young adults.
Charlie Beckh, a BYU student pursuing a double major in linguistics and theater arts studies, will play three roles in the noir version -- Chimo, Tony and Pa.
Beckh first realized his passion and talent for acting in grade school when he auditioned for a part in "Oliver."
"My mom made me audition for the school play 'Oliver' in fourth grade," Beckh said. "I ended up getting the part of Oliver after the original kid had to drop out."
Beckh's job of playing three different roles will keep him busy throughout the performance. He will play roles that range from a scheming villain, a servant and an old man who steals two of King Cymbeline's sons.
"It's difficult playing three different roles," Beckh said. "I really have had to sit down with each of them and think, 'Well, what kind of person is he, what does he like, what doesn't he like, why does he do what he does and how would he walk and talk?' "
To prevent playing the wrong part, Beckh has gone the extra mile to study each of the characters' accents.
"The hardest part is keeping them distinct and not letting them blend while performing," he said. "I've tried to give each character a very distinct voice through using different accents."
Beckh's experience acting in "Cymbeline" has provided him with a worthwhile experience.
"Working with (director) Teresa Love and the rest of the cast -- we really have an amazing group of actors, and I feel we've really bonded as a cast," he said. "We have so much fun together whether we're on or off the stage."
Averill Corkin, a humanities major and music minor at BYU, will play Princess Imogene in the noir version.
"Princess Imogene is good-hearted and proper, but she's got some spunk," Corkin said. "She's been wronged on several occasions, but she is not Ophelia -- she's a fighter, in the most lady-like fashion. She's willing to dress like a boy and live in the wild forest of Wales for her love's sake. Now that's what I call spunk."
For Corkin, this will not be her first time in a Shakespeare play. While attending high school she acted in "Twelfth Night" and participated in a modern and comedic adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet," playing the titular female role.
While auditioning for "Cymbeline," Corkin needed to show the director that she could handle unexpected changes if they occurred while performing on stage.
"The director wanted to see the actors' impulses, because in children's theater you have to be able to improvise," Corkin said. "I have had the privilege of being a part of (the) Young Company before, and I was auditioning sort of on a whim. When I found out I got the part, I was elated."
After landing the part, she and a talented group of BYU actors began practicing with Love. Corkin's experience of working with the cast and director has been exceptionally positive.
"The whole company experience is a blast," Corkin said. "I learned so much the last time; I was overjoyed to get the chance to do it again. The director, Teresa Love, is the most brilliant director I've ever worked with. She took an extremely complicated, not-well-known Shakespeare script, and adapted it into two separate shows that elementary school children can understand -- and enjoy. She's amazing."
Practicing and rehearsing together, Corkin is appreciative of how much time she spends with the cast.
"The cast is made up of a really fun group of people, and we always just have a blast when we're together," Corkin said. "Which is good because we're together a lot."