Weston High's Company takes on Shakespeare's As You Like It
Published 4:50 pm, Thursday, November 11, 2010
Once every four years or so, Weston High School's theater group, Company, takes on the challenge of performing a Shakespearean play. In its last endeavor, Company staged A Midsummer Night's Dream. This proved to be an enormous success, which the group is hoping to duplicate with this year's selection, As You Like It.
The play follows the heroine Rosalind who falls in love with Orlando, the surprise victor of a vicious court wrestling match. Soon after, in order to protect herself from her vindictive uncle, she dons the disguise of a young man (Ganymede) and escapes to the Forest of Arden, quickly becoming the woodland's love doctor.
All is not well for long when Phebe, the object of a smitten Silvius's heart, becomes infatuated with Ganymede. Meanwhile Orlando, for whom Rosalind pines, meets the mysterious Ganymede in the forest and admits his undying love for Rosalind. Ganymede decides to put his love to the test.
Will she reveal her true identity to him, or will Orlando fail to rise to her standard of true love?
In this classic comedy, Shakespeare invites the audience to explore the complexities of love and the absurdities of human behavior with his signature fast-paced banter and wit.
While the prospect of Elizabethan language seemed daunting to the performers at first, they have come to appreciate its richness and detail.
"Though the language is different, the emotions that underlie each scene are universal. In this we see that emotions transcend time," said Samantha Rehr, a Weston High School senior who will be portraying the role of Rosalind.
Assistant Director Taylor Ellis-Sayegh a Weston High School junior, said: "I've seen a more serious side to the actors. There has been a real commitment to their roles, even in the early stages of the rehearsal process. I think it is going to be a really fantastic show."
These sentiments are shared by the entire ensemble of the production, who are committed to making this show an enjoyable and memorable theater experience for the audiences.
Performances will take place in the Weston High School Auditorium on Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Weston Public Library, by sending in the ticket order form, which can be found on the Company website and at the door on the day of the performance. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.