Camden Shakespeare Fest 2014

Nov 15, 2013

Camden — Camden Shakespeare Festival, a fully professional theater, announces its inaugural season with performances of “As You Like It” July 25 through Aug. 1 outdoors in the downtown Camden Amphitheatre.

The performances will be presented in conjunction with Camden Public Library. This production will feature professional actors from Maine and across the country, staged with beautiful costumes and lush scenery.

“As You Like It” is one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, telling the story of plucky Rosalind, who is separated from her true love when she is banished to the forest of Arden. Rosalind employs a clever disguise to try to reunite with her love and, in the process, sets off a most remarkable series of comic events. The comedy contains one of Shakespeare more famous speeches, “All the world’s a stage,” and promises to be a perfect outing for families, with its comic romance and unforgettable characters.

“We are so excited to offer this production to Camden and the Midcoast and to continue the great tradition of Shakespeare in the Camden Amphitheatre,” said director Stephen Legawiec. “The Festival is committed to maintaining the highest standards of artistic excellence and we plan to present professional Shakespeare in this community for many years to come.”

Expanding the arts scene by adding a professional Shakespeare company will not only be a delight for theater-lovers, it also will bring new business to local merchants from both audiences and the festival itself, Legawiec added. He said he chose “As You Like It” to introduce the company because it is both hilarious and romantic and has a great deal of music, that will be performed live.

“Plus, as most of the comedy takes place in the forest, the gorgeous Camden Amphitheatre could not be a more perfect setting. Even newcomers to Shakespeare will be delighted,” he said.

At this time, Camden Shakespeare Festival is looking for volunteers and others who may want to be involved on stage or behind the scenes. To contact the company, email info@camdenshakespeare.org or visit CamdenShakespeare.org.

Legawiec also is artistic director of Bowdoinham’s Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble. In his 25 years as a director, he has produced more than 100 professional productions, as well as directing more than 50. He is the author of 30 full-length plays; has designed more than 50 sets; and has composed more than a dozen theatrical scores. The Los Angeles Times who called him one of the theater’s most adventurous talents.

Movement Director Dana Wieluns Legawiec is a professional actress and movement coach with more than two decades’ experience. An original founding member of Ziggurat Theatre, she leads physical theater training for the ensemble and teaches mask, physical theater and yoga professionally. As a performer, she has appeared in numerous world premiere plays in Los Angeles and regionally, and was a member of the Rosanna Gamson/World Wide dance-theater ensemble for more than a decade. She holds a BA in English Literature and a Certificate in Theatre and Dance from Princeton University; and is a graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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