As We Like It…. hopefully, “As YOU Like It”…

I have been busy in the last few weeks juggling fall preparations with rehearsals for Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” directed by Neil Freeman for First Impressions Theatre at the Deep Cove Shaw Theatre in Deep Cove, British Columbia.

I’ve been mini-blogging with twitter but have neglected my homey blog and I’ve missed this place!!

Today: a wee note about the show.

First of all, I can’t think of a more beautiful place to be driving daily, hanging out and rehearsing – Deep Cove, British Columbia. Across the street, there is the best coffee place with the most amazing café made donuts by “Honey’s” (“sinful”- a fellow actor deliciously described them-especially the chocolate dipped ones).

Down the hilly street is the cozy cove with all the gentle kayaks, & canoes drifting around. On this main street, quietly tucked in, is also the Deep Cove Cultural Centre that houses an intimate 130-seat theatre and its active gallery.

Deep Cove
Deep Cove

This is where we will be opening our show this Thursday, September 10, 2009. Just two days away!

Now with a few weeks of rehearsal under my belt, I can see even more how fortunate I am to have had the opportunity to jump on board with renowned director, Neil Freeman, a super fun cast of 23 to play two small parts (but significant …of course, 😉 ), and do some bouffon coaching.

Cast members embrace the bouffon process!
Cast members embrace the bouffon process!

The process has been sheer pleasure. (isn’t that what it should be? …or do we always have to suffer for our art?…that’s another blog post!)

We have been led beautifully with tight schedules that didn’t waste anyone’s time, and we were given liberty to play, to invent, to imagine all sorts of unexpected twists, turns, dances, faces, gestures, thoughts, songs and grow together as a wacky brief Shakespearean company.

Our version of “As You Like It” is set in modern times, with a few extra twists, but stays true to the “first folio” text. Shakespeare gives us great clues to how our text should be played out, and when we get out of our 21st century language habits, the text can carry all of us along nicely.

A peek from a back stage perspective
A peek from a back stage perspective

Love, the most classic, timeless subject ever is the main flavour of “As You Like It”.  The varied forms of love and the unexpected twists make this play high-spirited, & mischievous.

The set is beautifully clean with gorgeous lighting and the best looking tree ever (that’s all I’m saying!) and modern dress allows our costumer to pull from all sorts of colourful sources.

For me, I am looking forward to playing two very different characters (complete opposites!), and being part of the biggest (and coolest) team I have ever been with, and supporting our lead players who will be upholding the main energy.

We were warned that during rehearsals we were going to laugh a lot. We did but now our big wish is that YOU will too!

Come and have some frolicking fun with us from September 10 thru September 26, Wednesdays-Saturday evenings at 8pm in Deep Cove. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.

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3 thoughts on “As We Like It…. hopefully, “As YOU Like It”…

  1. Perhaps after the 18th, I can consider coming. It sounds so fun. I know all about those donuts by the way. I used to live close to, but not in, Deep Cove.

    I look forward to a post on artists suffering for their art. I say, by and large, suffering is a choice. Suffering is saying you are or being a victim. Being a victim is saying you are powerless. Being powerless is saying you can’t do anything about it. Saying you can’t do anything about it is saying I therefore don’t have to do anything. Let’s go for coffee instead. I’ll get to it later. Why bother, it won’t make a difference. blah blah blah…

    When I go into poor me mode, I now often pull myself out of it by reminding myself that I am really nothing in the scheme of things. The greatest most famous person imaginable is nothing in the scheme of things (think really big here and you know you cannot deny it. This race, this planet, this universe, is just a blip in whatever that bigger thing is). So why get all serious and significant about something that is really nothing. If that depresses you, consider that it is also very freeing. In that space you have nothing left but to choose how you are going to spend your insignificant time. Might as well choose feeling good about what your up to rather than feeling bad. It doesn’t mean anything anyhow. I might as well have fun being nothing and I might as well let others around me have fun as well.

    Craig
    Craig@UnderThePiano.ca

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