Simpson Productions, the theatre, opera and musical theatre collaboration at Simpson College, presents William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” beginning Friday, Nov. 19. The performance kicks off the 24th Annual High School Theatre Festival on Nov. 22.
The comedy runs Nov. 19-21 at Simpson’s Blank Performing Arts Center. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday matinee scheduled for 2 p.m. Adult tickets are $9, seniors and non-Simpson students are $7 and group tickets (10 or more) are $6.50 apiece. Visit simpson.edu/SimpsonProductions for box office information.
“As You Like It” tells the story of Rosalind, who falls in love with Orlando but must flee persecution in her uncle’s court. Disguised as a boy, she escapes with her cousin, Celia, and the jester, Touchstone, seeking safety and love in the Forest of Arden.
Directed by Flordelino Lagundino, Simpson College visiting assistant professor of theatre arts, Simpson Productions’ adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy features a unique twist that will look familiar to the audience.
“I wanted to create an experience for the Simpson actors in which they are able to see themselves directly in the place where the play is set,” said Lagundino, who also serves as the producing artistic director of Theatre Alaska in Juneau. “Because of that, the set design is representative of present-day Iowa.”
Featuring Caitlin Potter as Rosalind and Tanner Tillotson as Orlando, “As You Like It” promises to be an engaging experience for theatregoers.
“As a director, I am very interested in creating an event,” Lagundino said. “For me, that means energizing how an audience experiences the play. I want our guests to feel it. So when you come, you’ll see that the actors will enter from the audience, and will go into various seating areas. There are moments when the sound will completely fill the theater.”
About Simpson College
Simpson College is a private, liberal arts college located in Iowa with campuses in Indianola, West Des Moines and online. Founded in 1860, the college has 1,078 undergraduate and graduate students. Simpson offers 75 majors, minors and programs in addition to three graduate programs. Outside of the classroom, Simpson is a member of the NCAA Division III American Rivers Conference, hosts eight Greek houses on campus and sponsors many extracurricular options for student involvement.
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