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 SRU theatre department serves up Shakespeare's 'As You Like It' 




November 7, 2008

Contact: K.E. Schwab  




SRU theatre department serves up Shakespeare's 'As You Like It'


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Shakespeare's late-16th century work "As You Like It" comes to Slippery Rock University's Miller Auditorium for five performances beginning Nov. 19.

            The SRU theatre department's production is directed by Laura Smiley, assistant professor of theater and makes use of her "2008 Shakespeare Tour" class. Seven students in a spring semester theatre class analyzed the play, then adapted it as an SRU production as part of a student collaboration, Smiley said

            The play, known as a pastoral comedy, is believed to have been written in the late 1500s. The story is based on the Thomas Lodge novel "Rosalynde" and tells of Rosalind as she seeks safety from her uncle's court while pursuing love in the Arden Forest. The often quoted line "All the world's a stage" comes from this Shakespearian work.

            The SRU cast includes:

         Jackie Freeman, a theatre/psychology major from Geneva, Ohio, as Rosalind; 

         Erin Berger, a theatre/secondary education major from Beaver as Celia; 

         Zach Nading, a theatre major from East Brady as Orlando; 

         Nick Gligor, a communication from Sharon as Touchstone; 

         Nicholas Kochanov, a music education major from North Huntingdon as Jaques; 

         Anthony Christe, a computer science major from Somerset as Oliver; 

         Travis Bell, a theatre major from Altoona as Silvius; 

         Alexis Stanford, a theatre major from Philadelphia as Phebe; 

         Dan Cummins, a math major from, Pittsburgh as Duke Senior and Duke Frederick; 

         Kevin Moore, an exploratory student from Aliquippa as Le Beau; 

         Alex Tinker, a political science major from Connellsville as Adam; 

         Collin McHenry, an English major from Russell as Charles; 

         Casey Reiland, a business management major from Harrisville as Audrey; 

         Jacob Dean McKinney, a theatre major from Grove City as William; 

         Victoria Thwing, an elementary education major from Ebensburg as Amiens; 

         Adam Harry, an English major from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, as Jaques de Boys; and

         Deb Cohen, SRU professor of Spanish, as Hymen. 

            Rebecca Morrice, assistant profess of theatre, is costume designer; Gordon Phetteplace, associate professor of theatre, is sound designer; and Michael Boone is technical director, assisted by Kelly McBane, theatre major from Pittsburgh, is scenic designer; Megan Nye, theatre major from Utica, is the properties master; Joel Magill, theatre major from New Castle, lighting designer; and Alex McGee, theatre/business major from Shaler Area, Kelly Myers, theatre major from Natrona Heights, and Maya Ogasawara, theatre major from Saitama, Japan, all are assistant costume designers. Andrew G. Allison, a post-baccalaureate theatre major from Georgetown, is stage manager, and Krista Vogler, a theatre major from Hudson, N.H., is assistant stage manager.

            The production is 8 p.m. Nov. 19-22 with a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 23. Tickets are $5 for SRU students; $10 general admission. Seating is limited. Tickets will be available beginning Thursday and may be purchased from 1-2 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to the show at the Miller Auditorium Box Office. Reservations may be made beginning Thursday by calling the Miller Auditorium Box Office at 724.738.2645.


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