The Bard is back in the Amphitheatre

Jul 18, 2014
Kerry Ipema is Rosalind and PJ Tighe is Orlando in Camden Shakespeare Company’s “As You Like It.”

Camden — Shakespeare returns to the Camden Amphitheatre with performances of “As You Like It” beginning Friday evening, July 25. The play will be presented Fridays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. through Aug. 10. Rain venue is St. Thomas's Episcopal Church.

Presented in conjunction with Camden Public Library, this production features professional actors from Maine and across the country, staged with beautiful costumes and featuring live music.

“I chose ‘As You Like It’ to introduce our company to Camden because it is both hilarious and romantic,” said director Stephen Legawiec. “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.”

“As You Like It” is one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies. Plucky Rosalind, separated from her true love when she is banished to the forest of Arden, employs a clever disguise to try to reunite with her love and, in the process, sets off a most remarkable series of comic events. This comedy contains one of Shakespeare more famous lines, “All the world’s a stage.” The company is setting this production during the late-1960s Summer of Love — with Shakespeare’s language intact.

“The androgyny of fashion, the sexual revolution and people looking to ‘find themselves’ all have resonances both in Shakespeare’s play and the swinging ‘60s,” said Legawiec. “To make it really special, we will also be performing some amazing music of the era — live!”

The cast includes includes Tyson Bailey as Jacques de Boys, Fern Beede as Fern, Laura Collard as Celia, Jacob W. de Heer-Erpelding as Silvius, Carolyn Glaude) as Audrey, David Greenham as Duke Senior/Duke Frederick, David Whittlesey as Adam and Eric Worthley as Charles the Wrestler. Guest artists include New York actors Kerry Ipema as Rosalind, Tom Marion as Jacques, PJ Tighe as Orlando and Christopher Trindade as Oliver; Kristin DiMercurio (Maryland) as Phebe; and Ryan Glynn (Massachusetts) as Touchstone.

In addition to Legawiec, also artistic director of Bowdoinham’s Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble, the production team includes costume designer Anne Collins, voice and speech coach Tom Marion, movement coach Dana Wieluns Legawiec and stage manager Florence Cooley. Camden Shakespeare Festival is looking for volunteers to help out behind the scenes; to inquire, email info@camdenshakespeare.org.

Tickets are: $20; $15 for students and senior citizens; and $5 younger than 13. For more information, visit camdenshakespeare.org.

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

David Greenham plays Duke Senior (and Duke Frederick) in Camden Shakespeare Company’s Summer of Love-set production of “As You Like It” in the Camden Amphitheatre.
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