March 24, 2015

Emporia State University Theatre presents "As You Like It"

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ESU Theatre presents Shakespeare's Comedy "As You Like It"

ESU Theatre is proud to present As You Like It, Shakespeare's beloved comedy about love and mistaken identity. As You Like It begins with political intrigue at court and ends with love in the woods. The confusions abound.

Orlando (Landon Noll, senior, Winchester) loves Rosalind (Lisa Tinker, senior, Derby) and writes really bad love poetry to her. Rosalind loves Orlando, but she's dressed as a boy, so Phebe (Fran Opheim, freshman, Overland Park) falls in love with him, even though he is really a she. Silvius (Dustin Bittel, freshman, Ellis) loves Phebe and Touchstone (Logan Wohlford, junior, Valley Center) loves Audrey (Sydney Main, sophomore, Emporia), who also loves him, but what about William (Ryan Scully, senior, Winchester) who loves her?

And in the end, Rosalind's best friend Celia (Miranda Nation, junior, Winfield) falls in love with Oliver (Colter Lemmon, senior, Crawford, NE) who is Orlando's brother. Duke Senior (Nathan Short, junior, Paola) loves the woods and Jacques (Brandon Jensen, senior, Salina) just loves his melancholy. The play might be Shakespeare's most profound examination of love in all its guises.

As You Like It is under the direction of Jim Bartruff. The production stage manager is Michael Abbott (senior, Great Bend), with assistance from Tyler Lang (sophomore, Wichita). Nancy Pontius is the production designer and junior Elizabeth Kennell (Belton, MO) will design the lights. Susan Mai will design costumes. Other students in the cast include Emmanuel Cockrell (junior, Junction City), John Alfrey (senior, Topeka), John Stafford (senior, Independence) and Nick Coyan (junior, Lenexa). Rod Jones (Emporia) will provide live music on guitar.

As You Like It runs April 21st through 26th in the Ronald Q. Fredrickson Theatre. For tickets or more information, contact the box office at 620-341-6378.

For additional information contact:
Jim Bartruff

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