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PLAY WITH MUSIC : "As You Like It"

AS YOU LIKE IT

a play by William Shakespeare

libretto adapted by Julian Schlusberg

music by Susan Hulsman Bingham

photo taken of AS YOU LIKE IT
Hamden High School, Hamden, CT

VOICING:

soprano and tenor solo; cast chorus
(S, T)


CAST






 


(in the Court of the Duchess)

Orlando

Alice, a servant

Oliver, brother of Orlando

Charles, a wrestler

Rosalind, niece to the Duchess and daughter of the banished Duke

Celia, daughter to the Duchess

The Duchess, sister to the banished Duke and usurper of his dominions

Court Fencers

Court Wrestlers

Dennis, servant to Oliver


(in the Forest of Arden)

Hyman, the god of marriage

Duke Senior, living in exile

Amiens, an attendant to the Duke

Corin, a shepherd

Silvius, a shepherd in love with Phebe

Jaques, a melancholic

Audrey, a country wench

Phebe, a shepherdess

Sir Oliver Martext, a vicar

William, in love with Audrey

Jakes de Boys, a younger brother of Orlando and Oliver

Lords and Ladies


ACCOMPANIMENT:

piano, synthesizer, flute, percussion

CHORUS:

S, T

DANCE:

optional

PROPS:

minimal and homespun are fine

SOURCE OF TEXTS:

William Shakespeare

LANGUAGE:

English

MUSICAL STYLE:

tonal, melodic, in an old English style

ACTS:

three

DURATION:

2 hours, 20 minutes

PREMIER:

Hamden High School Theater Department
Hamden, CT, May, 1988

 

 

SYNOPSIS

As You Like It is a pastoral comedy of mistaken identity, wit, and love. Daughter of a banished duke and forced to flee the court, Rosalind hides in the Forest of Arden disguised as a man. When her true love Orlando also shows up in the forest, she courts him without revealing her identity. Meanwhile, Phebe mistakenly falls in love with her disguise, Silvius pines for Phebe, Jacques philosophizes, and Touchstone makes fun of it all, and love and happiness triumph (for the most part) as Rosalind orchestrates a happy ending amid the confusion.                                                                 synopsis by Rosalind Wills

 

Composer's comment: Julian Schlusberg's adaptation of AS YOU LIKE IT is especially effective for young actors. Our cast members fell in love with Shakespeare while preparing and performing this play. Transparent, period-style songs and incidental music. SHB


Full score oF AS YOU LIKE IT: $75. Price includes shipping within the US; it also includes performance rights and permission to make sufficient copies of the score for cast members and accompanists for one season.

NOTE: Cost is lower if you order your material as PDF, FINALE and/or MICROSOFT WORD files. Please specify which format is best for you when you place your order. Score and libretto: $40.


DVD: $28. Price includes shipping within the US.