All photos by Bruce Clarke.

As You Like It (2005)

Performance Dates

June 24, 25,  July 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 28, 30, 2005 @ 8pm

Plot Synopsis

As You Like It is the epitome of Shakespeares romantic comedies. Based on the pastoral entertainments of the early Renaissance, the play features shepherds and shepherdesses, love at first sight, redemption, and happy endings, all set against the backdrop of the Forest of Arden.

While the play involves several plot lines, it is fairly straightforward. A young nobleman, Orlando de Boys, has been refused the education and training decreed in his late fathers will. His older brother, Oliver, dislikes Orlando and punishes him for being more popular with the people. Orlando decides to challenge the dukes champion, Charles, in a wrestling match in hopes of earning some money to fund a new start in life. When he arrives at the match, he meets and falls instantly in love with Rosalind, the daughter of the deposed Duke Senior. She has remained at court with her cousin, Celia, the daughter of the usurping duke, Frederick. Orlando wins the match and learns later that his brother plans to have him killed. He escapes with a faithful servant to the Forest of Arden. Duke Frederick banishes Rosalind. She, Celia, and the court jester Touchstone disguise themselves and go to the Forest of Arden. In the forest, Touchstone falls for the shepherdess Audrey, Oliver and Orlando come to terms and the redeemed Oliver falls in love with Celia. Rosalind and Orlando meet and, despite her disguise as a young man, conduct a kind of courtship. The play ends with four weddings and the sense that the gods have provided redemption for those deserving such reward and contemplation for those who are not yet ready to be redeemed. As You Like It is famous for its music, the fully developed character of Rosalind, and Jaques soliloquy, All the worlds a stage and all the men and women merely players.


Rosalind Kathleen Samure
Orlando Nathan Fleshman
Celia Cheantell Munn
Oliver Kevin Poole
Duke Senior/Fredrick Lynn Stradley
Touchstone Jes Gonzales
Jacques John David Rambo
Amelia (Amiens) Orlana Klip
Phebe Kira Graybill
Audrey Giselle Torres
Silvius Neil Davidson
Corinne (Corin) Rosita Buada
Anna (Adam) Stefanie Gyles
Charles/William/Martext Jason Nott
Madame La Beau/Forester Theresa Vann
Forester/Coutiers Suzanne Gonzales, Laura White

Production Staff

Director Kim McCann
Properties Master K. Crom Saunders
Master Electrician Caspar Eichin
Light Board Operator Michael Healey
Master Carpenter Caspar Eichin
Carpenters Patrick M. Briggs, Nathan Fleshman
Electrician Daniel Haskett
Staff Stitchers John Crabtree, Elizabeth Todd, Megan Tucker
Student Stitchers Sarah Cohen, Poua Yang
Volunteer Stitchers Kelsi Grondin, Neil Davidson, Orlana M. Klip,
Alondra Mendoza, Jason Nott, Trina Palmer
Janice Gutshall, Quyen Nguyen, Lori Ann
Costume Maintenance Lenore Justman
Festival Coordinators Luther Hanson, David Harris
Intern Program Supervisor Lori Ann DeLappe-Grondin
Box Office Supervisor Anita Thomas
Box Office Cynthia Hawes, Midori Iwata
House Manager Lori Ann DeLappe-Grondin
Finance Robert W. Gore
Poster/Postcard Design Nixa Schell
Photography Bruce Clarke
Web Master Melissa Langley
Marketing Consultant Nancy Mallory