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Sun 12 Feb 2012, 1:00pm–4:00pm

Where: Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

A comedy by William Shakespeare
Directed by Judy Rankin for Howick Little Theatre, Pakuranga, Auckland.

Considered one of Shakespeare’s great comedies, As You Like It is a witty romantic adventure in which a mischievous Rosalind pursues her love Orlando in the Forest of Arden. Set against a backdrop of sibling rivalry, political intrigue and exile, this story is about an enchanting affirmation of love, the ability of people to change and the need to belong.

Rosalind: The heroine of the play. Rosalind is independent-minded, strong-willed, good-hearted and terribly clever. Rather than slink off into defeated exile, Rosalind resourcefully uses her trip to the Forest of Arden as an opportunity to take control of her own destiny. She disguises herself as Ganymede, a handsome young man, and offers herself as a tutor in the ways of love to her beloved Orlando.

Orlando: The youngest son of the late Sir Rowland de Bois, and younger brother of Oliver. Orlando is a handsome young man who, under his brother’s neglectful care has languished without a gentleman’s education or training. Regardless, he considers he has great potential.

Duke Senior: Rosalind's father and the rightful ruler of the dukedom in which the play is set. Duke Senior demonstrates himself to be a kind and fair-minded ruler.

Jacques: A faithful lord who accompanies Duke Senior into exile in the Forest of Arden. Jacques is an example of a stock figure in Elizabethan comedy, the man possessed of a hopelessly melancholy disposition. He stands on the sidelines of life, watching and judging the actions of the other characters without fully participating in the action around him.

Celia: The daughter of Duke Frederick and Rosalind’s dearest friend. Celia’s devotion to Rosalind is unmatched, as evidenced by her decision to follow her cousin into exile.

Duke Frederick: The brother of Duke Senior and usurper of his throne. Duke Frederick’s cruel nature and violent temper are displayed when he banishes his niece, Rosalind from court without reason.

Touchstone: A clown or jester in Duke Frederick’s court who accompanies Rosalind and Celia in their flight to Arden. Compared with his mistress, Touchstone is hilariously vulgar and unromantic.

Oliver: The oldest son of the late Sir Rowland de Bois and sole inheritor of the de Bois estate. Oliver is a loveless young man who begrudges his brother, Orlando, a gentleman’s education.

Silvius: A young shepherd, desperately in love with the proud and disdainful Phoebe.

Phoebe: A young shepherdess who distains the affections of Silvius.

Lord Amiens: A faithful lord who accompanies Duke Senior into exile. Lord Amiens is jolly and loves to sing.

Charles: A professional wrestler in Duke Frederick’s court.

Adam: The ancient former servant of Sir Rowland de Bois. Having witnessed Orlando’s hardships, Adam offers not only to accompany his young master into exile, but also to fund their journey with his modest life’s savings.

Corin: A shepherd. Corin attempts to counsel his friend Silvius in the ways of love, but Silvius refuses to listen.

Audrey: A simpleminded goatherd who agrees to marry Touchstone, despite the fact that she understands very little of what he says.

William: A young country boy in love with Audrey, and thus Touchstone’s rival.

Le Beau: Member of Duke Frederick’s court. His loyalties to the old regime are apparent when he warns Orlando that Duke Frederick may turn against him.

Hymen: God of Marriage.

There are also opportunities for about 4 extras to act as chorus/musicians/crowds/props and ‘jacks of all trades’.

There is some flexibility with ages and some roles can be doubled. Remember that on stage you are as old as you look! The director plans to do a mini workshop and then some script work in pairs, so auditionees should bring a prepared piece of Shakespeare text.

Director: Judy Rankin
Ph 535-6603 or 027 604-2249. Email, or call HLT, 5341406.

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