AS YOU LIKE IT

BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Directed by Pam Hill

July 18 – August 12, 2019
Thursdays through Sundays @ 8pm
Schiller Park Amphitheatre

ABOUT:

“Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly.”

As Amiens says in As You Like It, relationships are fraught with deceptions and false identities. William Shakespeare’s bright and brilliant comedy is light and joyful, yet beneath that surface is a wealth of wisdom about what it means to be human, to turn life’s catastrophes of chance into triumphs.

CAST:

ORLANDO (M): 20-35, Youngest son of Rowland de Boys in love with Rosalind, brave, chivalrous, modest, smart, strong, handsome

ROSALIND (F): 20-35, Daughter of Duke Senior, disguises herself as a man (Ganymede), quick-witted, resilient, beautiful, tall

CELIA (F): 20-35, Rosalind’s cousin and daughter to Duke Frederick, thinks before she talks, has a commanding nature, beautiful, shorter than Rosalind

TOUCHSTONE (M): 25-40, (S), A court fool, quick-witted, insightful in some ways & bawdy in others, in love with Audrey

THE FOLLOWING ROLES WILL ALSO DOUBLE IN SMALLER ROLES EITHER AT COURT OR IN ARDEN:

OLIVER (M): 30-40, Orlando’s elder brother, jealous & hateful, but converts

DUKE FREDERICK (M): 30-45, The usurping Duke, moody, greedy, volatile temper

DUKE SENIOR (M): 35-50, (*), The exiled Duke & brother to Duke Frederick, kind, fair-minded, makes the most of what life gives him

JAQUES (M): 30-50, (S), Lord attending Duke Senior, melancholy, a cynic

AMIENS (M): 25-35 (S), Lord attending Duke Senior, jolly, sings most of songs

CORIN (M): 55-70, (*), An experienced shepherd, kindly, generous and Adam, servant to Oliver and friend to Orlando, faithful, devoted

SILVIUS (M): 20-35, (*), Young, suffering shepherd in love with Phoebe

PHOEBE (F): 20-35, (*), Disdainful shepherdess in love with Ganymede, pale skin

AUDREY (F): 20-30, (*), A goat keeper, simple-minded, bawdy

PLEASE NOTE: Roles with (S) require solo singing and roles with (*) might require group singing. Also needed is an actor/musician, male or female, who plays lute, violin/fiddle or flute. If you are interested in these roles, please be prepared to sing or play.