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Summary: Chance encounters in a forest. Entangled love affairs. Four weddings but no funeral... and Swanndris?
In Stagecraft's final production for 2012, Shakespeare's fun and entertaining comedy is made even more accessible as it's transported from the Royal Court and Arden Forest to rural New Zealand.
The Royal Court is in turmoil, and right in the middle of it is Rosalind, the Duke's daughter. Rosalind's uncle has usurped the Duchy and exiled her father, the Duke. Rosalind has been permitted to remain at court because she is the closest friend and cousin of her uncle's only child, Celia. Orlando, the youngest son of one of the exiled Duke's greatest supporters, is being persecuted by his older brother, Oliver. Yet amongst all this turmoil, Orlando and Rosalind fall in love. But how will this love survive once Rosalind is also banished?
With sheep, gumboots and some classic Kiwi musical anthems, you are sure to like As You Like It.
Dates and times: Wednesday 21 to Saturday 24 November 2012 at 8 pm, Sunday 25 November at 3 pm, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 November at 6.30 pm, Thursday 29 November to Saturday 1 December at 8 pm
Ticket prices: $22 waged adults, $20 seniors, unwaged adults and tertiary students, $15 Stagecraft members and high-school students with valid ID. Groups of 10+ (all on the same night) $18 per person. Two tickets for $22 on the first Thursday for all ticket categories. Early bird discount: book for the first week of the play and get $2 off the full ticket price ($20 instead of $22).
- Alice Pearce - Rosalind
- Amy Whiterod - Jacques
- Gillian Boyes - Audrey and Le Beau
- Ingrid Sage - Corin
- Jack Seabrook - Silvius
- Kiel Taylor - Charles and Sir Oliver Martex
- Lee Dowsett - Oliver
- Lisa Aaltonen - Celia
- Luke Baron - Murray and Trev
- Malcom Gillett - Touchstone
- Michelle Fitz-William - Phebe
- Niamh Vaughan - William
- Oscar Wilson - Orlando
- Rose Hudson - Adam
- Sonya Thomas - Hymen and Merv
- Talia Carlisle - Amiens and Jacques de Boyes
- Tim Papps - Duke Senior and Duke Frederick
Benjamin Haddock (director), Shannon Tubman (production manager), Joy Hellyer (stage manager, props assistant), Susan Haddock (rehearsal prompt), Sam Perry (set construction coordinator), Devon Heaphy (lighting designer), Don Blackmore (sound designer), Christopher Haddock (sound operator), Meredith Dooley (wardrobe coordinator), Ange Fitzharris (wardrobe assistant), Christine Hunt (props coordinator), Rebecca Parker (props assistant), Natalie Stevens of the Poppy Creative (publicity photographer), Iona Anderson (front of house manager)
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