ages 13-19 Young Shakespeare Romantic Comedy: As You Like It
12:30 pm - 2 pm Sunday, March 19, 2017. Audition by appointment only
at Austin Playwright’s Studio, 5555 N. Lamar Blvd. (Building K, Suite 125) Austin Texas, 78751
Auditioners contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Austin Shakespeare’s professionally directed and designed tuition-based program, Young Shakespeare, offers a free audition workshop 1:00 pm -3:00 pm, Saturday, March 4, 2017 for As You Like It. Shakespeare's romantic comedy rehearses on weekends in May and begins weeknight rehearsals on May 16. Performances are at Richard Garriott's Curtain Theater, an Elizabethan replica, June 15- June 25. Also seeking a teen vocalists and instrumentalists for some of the roles. Audition by appointment only. If cast, tuition is required and reasonable.
Creative team: As You Like It
Director – Ann Ciccolella
Assistant Director - Helen Merino
Movement and Voice Coach – Nancy Eyermann
Fight Choreographer - Toby Minor
Set & Light Design - Patrick Anthony
Costume Design - Cecelia Gay
Roles for As You Like It
Rosalind, the Old Duke’s daughter
Celia, Duke Frederick’s daughter
Phebe, a shepherdess
Audrey, a goatherd
Duke Senior, exiled to the Forest of Arden
Duke Frederick, a usurper
Amiens, an exiled lord, sings
Duke Jaques, melancholy lord of Duke Senior
Le Beau, comic courtier of Duke Frederick’s
Charles, the Duke’s wrestler
Oliver, Orlando’s elder brother
Orlando, youngest son of the deceased
Jacques de Boys, long lost brother of Orlando
Adam, the old servant of Sir Rowland’s
Touchstone, Duke Frederick’s jester
Sir Oliver Martext, a country minister
Corin, an old shepherd
Silvius, a young shepherd in love with Phoebe
William, a country-man in love with Audrey
Synopsis As You Like It
Duke Frederick has usurped the title and throne of his elder brother, Duke Senior. Duke Senior has taken up residence in the Forest of Arden with his band of loyal followers, leaving his daughter, Rosalind, behind at the court. Into this situation, enter Orlando and Oliver de Boys, two brothers divided by enmity. Orlando has long been mistreated by his brother; when Orlando enters a wrestling match sponsored by Duke Frederick, Oliver tells his opponent, Charles—a champion wrestler—that he wouldn't care if Charles were to break Orlando's neck.
To the surprise of all, Orlando wins the match. In doing so, he attracts the romantic attention of Rosalind and the ire of Oliver. Orlando and his servant, Adam, flee Oliver's wrath into Arden. Duke Frederick decides to banish Rosalind to Arden as he did with her father. Celia, Frederick's daughter and Rosalind's best friend, declares that she will accompany her in exile. Rosalind disguises herself as a boy named Ganymede, while Celia assumes the part of "his" sister, Aliena. They are accompanied by the clown Touchstone.
Orlando eventually finds himself in the company of Duke Senior's men, pining for his lost Rosalind. Rosalind, meanwhile, purchases a flock of sheep and a pasture, and sets out to lead a pastoral life. Before long, however, Orlando's habit of carving Rosalind's name in the trees and leaving love poems scattered about the forest tip her off to his presence. Still disguised as Ganymede, Rosalind seeks out Orlando to get a better sense of his feelings for her. She promises to cure Orlando's heartache by letting him pour his feelings out to Ganymede as if "he" were Rosalind. Rosalind also attempts a match between Silvius and Phebe that goes awry when Phebe falls instead for Rosalind's Ganymede. Meanwhile, Touchstone courts a country girl named Audrey, adding to the multiple romance plots.
The resolution begins when Oliver enters the camp. Orlando has saved him from an attack by a lion, and the two brothers have reconciled. Upon meeting Celia, now Oliver falls in love; Duke Senior promises to join them in wedlock the next day. Rosalind makes Phebe promise to marry Silvius if she can't have Ganymede, then tells Orlando that Rosalind will marry him that day as well. When all have gathered for the wedding, Rosalind reveals herself as the erstwhile Ganymede. She and Orlando are happily reunited, and Phebe agrees to marry Silvius. Touchstone will also marry Audrey. As the pledges of love are exchanged, Orlando and Oliver's brother enters the scene. Jaques brings news that Duke Frederick, upon meeting a holy man, has repented his ways and opted for a monastic life. Duke Senior is restored to his rightful position, and all live happily ever after.