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BVU to Present Shakespeare's "As You Like It"

Oct. 31, 2013

Buena Vista University Theatre is presenting William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, As You Like It.

Performances of the play will take place November 6, 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium on the BVU campus. As You Like It will be directed by Dr. Michael Whitlatch, professor of theatre; technical direction by David Walker, assistant professor of theatre; and costume layout will be handled by Dr. Bethany Larson, associate professor of theatre.

As You Like It is considered to be one of Shakespeare’s great romantic comedies. In the story, Rosalind flees into the Forest of Arden with her cousin Celia and Touchstone the court jester to find safety, and she eventually finds love. The play was first published in 1623 and has been adapted for radio, film and musical theatre. Dr. Whitlatch is updating the setting of the play to the 1940s to include romantic music from that era.

“So far, we’ve had great fun in rehearsals, and we’re looking forward to entertaining the audience. The cast, in particular, has shown a great deal of creativity during the entire rehearsal process,” said Dr. Whitlatch. “As You like It has been called a ‘joyous’ comedy, for it is among the most light-hearted and carefree in all of Shakespeare’s plays. While there might be trouble, we know the danger will pass and romance will end happily for all concerned.”

The cast is comprised of BVU students, including:

Ticket reservations for the play can be made online at www.bvu.edu/tickets or by calling the BVU Theatre Hotline at 712.749.2211. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens and may be picked up at the door on the evening of the performance you plan to attend.

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