The Dark is light enough (winter 2013)
As You Like It (Spring 2014)
Welcome, dear friends and poets, to the world of As You Like It. Spring has finally arrived; the New Duke's New Court is big into wrestling this season, and the Old Duke's Court (in exile in the Forest of Arden) is celebrating having survived a particularly harsh winter. If this is the first time you've encountered this play-- can we just say, we are honored and delighted, and you are definitely in for a treat, you lucky things.
If you've been here before, you'll be meeting some old friends. They may look different, or have a different age, or a different gender, but they're still the same people. Or they're different people, with the same age, gender, and lines as the ones you remember. Who knows. Same story, different universe.
The main thing is: we're all in this together. Together, we can travel from the new Duke's new court to the Forest of Arden, from near-lethal sibling rivalry to familial love, or from melancholy (and sympathy for animals) to energy (and deer-hunting-- I would like to add at this point that CPTC in no way wishes to equate vegetarianism with depression or to disrespect it in any way; although, alas, I cannot with confidence attribute a like wish to the 16th-century leather-worker's son who wrote this play.) Together, we can survive winter in the forest. Subvert the patriarchy. Find love and friendship in the most unlikely places.
Together, in the end, we can forgive each other, and put our past wrong(or just annoying)doing behind us. Because, after all, it is spring.
Enjoy the show.
Gwen Kelly-Masterton, Director
As You Like It played at Rivendell Theatre.
Cast and Crew:
Celia: Kate Booth
Le Beau/Silvius: Benjamin Cormalleth
Amiens/Phebe/Henchman: Kate Donoghue
Touchstone: David Federman
Oliver/Lord in Exile: Aly Grauer
Jaques/Henchman: Gabriel Howard
Charles/Martext/Jaque de Boys: Jesse Hutson
Duke Frederick/Duke Senior: Elizabeth Kelly
Rosalind: Erin Kelsey
Orlando: Stephen McClure
Adam/Audrey: Alexis Meuche
Producer/Director: Gwen Kelly-Masterton
Stage Manager: Margaret Morton
Composer: Ben Masterton
Music Director: Ted Smith
Fight Director: Gabriel Howard
Asst. Fight Director: Kate Booth
Set: Kailee Tomasic
Mural: Elena Amesbury
Master Carpenter: Zach Wziontka
Photographer: Malcolm Riordan