**The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool …” **
The Homeschool Drama Troupe presents William Shakespeare’s
*As You Like It*
Warner, NH – June 6 & 7, 2014
*AS YOU LIKE IT*… a love story, a tale of wit and foolery, of heartbreak and poetry, of questions and revealings.
This hilarious and linguistically beautiful play — considered to be one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies — will be presented June 6th and 7h by the Homeschool Drama Troupe at the Warner Town Hall in Warner, New Hampshire.
Come join the witty Rosalind, melancholy Jaques and clueless Orlando — as well as countless other fools and wise people — as the Homeschool DramaTroupe embarks to the Forest of Arden for its tenth-annual Shakespearean production. Founded by Jenny Courser and now directed by Lois Shea, the Homeschool Drama Troupe features a talented cast of actors: Jacob Aki of Weare; Molly Litt and Olivia Dodd of Dunbarton; Emily Vallari of Hopkinton; Fiona Shea and Natalie Dill of Warner; Sam and Stephen Brown and David Russell of New London; and Erin Meegan of Newbury.
“Rosalind is one of Shakespeare’s strongest characters — which I’d never really given her credit for until I started studying this role,” said 18-year-old Fiona Shea, who plays the lead role. “She’s tough in the face of change,she’s not afraid to be the wittiest one in a room. She’s fiercely loyal to those she’s close to, and above all, she’s very self-aware. She’s willing to fall in love, though she knows she’s taking a huge chance. And while she’s partly teaching Orlando how to woo properly, she’s also teaching him how to be her equal — because at first, he’s not. And that takes guts.
“This play is partly about finding out who you are. A lot of people ask why, when Rosalind meets Orlando in the forest, she doesn’t reveal who she is right away. I believe that she’s found this incredible freedom in dressing as a boy — she finds that she’s able to do things that she couldn’t have in the court. Rosalind is not meant to be just a court ‘lady,’ as much as the jester Touchstone is not meant to be just a courtier.”
Rosalind’s decision to disguise herself and seek her father, the banished Duke, in the Forest of Arden ignites a firestorm of hilarity. She discovers that the love of her life, Orlando, is also in the forest — and she proceeds to test how strong his love for her really is.
“I think our audience might be surprised by how funny *As You Like It*is,” Shea continues. “They might also be surprised by how much, if they’re willing to use their imaginations, they can be transported. Theatre is magical in that way. Oscar Wilde said ‘I regard the theatre as … the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.’ I think *As You Like It* perfectly captures that.”
*As You Like It* is sponsored by the Warner Conservation Commission, and all proceeds will go toward land protection efforts in Warner.
Performances will be Friday June 6th at 1 p.m. and Saturday June 7th at 4 p.m. at the Warner Town Hall. Admission is $5, Free for kids under 18. For more information, please visit the As You Like It website or call (603) 765-2710.