2019 SENIOR COMPANY SUMMER MUSICAL
AS YOU LIKE IT a musical adaptation
Adapted by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery
Music and Lyrics by Shaina Taub
Directed By Rebecca Waxman
Music Director: Cailin Marcel Manson
Assistant to the Director: Hallie Flower
Auditions are POSTPONED
We have rescheduled the auditions for NEXT Sunday
March 17, same time: 11-2pm.
Callbacks will be on Friday, March 22 @ 4-6:00pm
If you have any issues with making this audition, remember that you are always welcome to submit a video audition. Please ask, if you have any further questions.
See you at the auditions!
Program Tuition $550
REHEARSALS begin July 15th thru August 2nd weekdays M-F 9-4pm
PERFORMANCES August 2, 3, 4, & 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (10 performances)
Shakespeare's bewitching tale of faithful friends, feuding families and lovers in disguise has been joyously adapted and set to song. This AS YOU LIKE IT was named one of The New York Times‘ best shows of 2017.
Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind and niece Celia escape to the Forest of Arden, a fantastical place of transformation where all are welcomed and embraced. Lost amidst the trees, the refugees find community and acceptance under the stars.
Commissioned by the Public Theatre's Public Works project, and featuring an original folk-pop score by virtuoso Vermonter Shaina Taub, this show is a raucous and inclusive celebration of life and love.
“This AS YOU LIKE IT offers a utopian vision of a society that favors acceptance over division, honesty over obfuscation, grace over meanness.” – The New York Times
Check out Shaina Taub’s recording on BANDCAMP to get the flavor!
WHAT TO PREPARE:
Pick one song and any scene or monologue from the provided material. You do not HAVE to be memorized, though you must understand what you are saying and have some ideas about how and why you say it. We will play with various scene pairings, so be familiar enough to read any of the roles.
Audition packets available in the theater lobby.
AS YOU LIKE IT – MUSIC AUDITION CUTS
Prepare one of the songs listed below
Time stamps based on the SHAINA TAUB Bandcamp recording
PROLOGUE: ALL THE WORLD’s A STAGE
(Jacques) :10 - :54 “All the World’s… Da- da’s”
(Duke Senior) :52 – 1:25 “Calling all our… trees.”
WILL YOU BE MY BRIDE
(Orlando) :23 – 1:16 “From the moment… joy & laughter”
YOU PHOEBE ME
(Silvia) :01 - :47
(Rosalind) :1:10- 1:44
WILL YOU BE MY GROOM
(Touchstone, Andy) :01 - :56 “From the moment… joy & laughter”
MONOLOGUES & SCENES
Silvia is madly in love with phoebe, who won’t give her the time of day.
Oh, Corin, that thou knew’st how I do love her!
O, thou didst never love so heartily.
If thou rememb’rest not the slightest folly
That ever love did make thee run into,
Thou has not loved.
Or if thou hast not broke from company
Abruptly, as my passion now makes me,
Thou hast not loved!
O Phoebe, Phoebe, Phoebe! (runs off)
Orlando has come upon a big picnic in the forest, and pulled out his sword and demanded food (which is actually for someone else he wants to help).
What would you have? Your gentleness shall force
More than your force move us to gentleness.
Sit down and feed, and welcome to our table.
Thou seest we are not all alone unhappy.
This wide and universal theater
Presents more woeful pageants than the scene
Wherein we play in.
ROSALIND & CELIA
--Rosalind is Celia’s cousin (and daughter to the banished duke). She is now in disguise, dressed as a man. When she’s alone with her best friend, she behaves naturally; when others are around, she pretends to be the young man “Ganymede”.
-- Celia (a non-solo singing character) is the merry daughter to the current duke. When her father banishes her dear cousin, she flees court with Rosalind. She is in disguise as a peasant woman.
- Before fleeing, they both observed a brave young man (Orlando) wrestle against a mighty opponent and win. Rosalind was smitten. He followed them into the forest, though he has no knowledge of their disguises. Currently, he is writing bad poems about his passion for Rosalind and leaving them on the forest trees. Celia has seen him doing this but Rosalind has not.
Didst thou hear these verses?
O yes, I heard them all, and more too.
But didst thou hear without wondering how thy name should be
hanged and carved upon these trees?
Is it a man?
And a chain you once wore, around his neck.
But doth he know I am in the forest and in man’s apparel?
Soft, comes he not here?
Tis he. Slink by, and note him.
[they both hide]
JAQUES & ORLANDO
Jaques is a moody philosopher, observing and commenting on everything throughout the play with her signature melancholy.
Orlando has fled the court to pursue a young woman he’s barely spoken to, and who has set his heart on fire.
I pray you mar no more trees with writing love songs in their barks!
I pray you mar no more of my verses with reading them ill-favoredly.
Rosalind is your love’s name?
I do not like her name.
There was no thought of pleasing you when she was christened.
You have a nimble wit. Will you sit down with me? And we two will
rail against our mistress the world and all our misery.
I will chide no breather in the world but myself, against whom I know most faults.
The worst fault you have is to be in love.
‘Tis a fault I will not change for your best virtue. I am weary of you, Jaques.
I do desire we may be better strangers.
Adieu, Miss Melancholy.
Farewell, Signor Love.
OLIVER & ORLANDO
Oliver (a non-soloist) is Orlando’s older brother, and the one who’s inherited their dead father’s money and power. He is a vicious brother - he treats Orlando like a servant, won’t pay for schooling or any kind of care for him. He even tries to get Orlando killed in a violent wrestling match.
[Oliver enters to discover Orlando]
Now, sir, what make you here?
Nothing. I am not taught to make anything.
What mar you then?
I am helping to mar that which God made, a poor unworthy brother of yours, with idleness.
Know you where you are, sir?
O, sir, very well.
Know you before whom, sir?
I have as much of my father in me as you!
[Oliver pushes Orlando, who shoves back]
Come, come elder brother.
Wilt thou lay hands on me, villain?
I am no villain!
Well, get you in. I will not long be troubled with you.
TOUCHSTONE, ANDY & WILLIAM
Touchstone is a witty court jester, who is brought along on the girls’ escape. He has fallen instantly in love with Andy, a flirty country boy who is eager to wed Touchstone. William is a sweet and simple guy who has long loved Andy (and non-soloist).
We shall find a time, Andy! Patience, gentle Andy!
Faith, that priest was good enough!
A most vile vicar. But Andy, there is a youth here in the forest lays claim to you.
Ay, I know who ‘tis. He hath no interest in me in the world. Here comes the man you mean.
Good ev’n, Andy!
Good ev’n, William.
Good even, gentle friend!
And good ev’n to you, sir.
How old are you, friend?
Five and twenty, sir.
A ripe age. Is thy name William?
A fair name. You do love this man?
I do, sir!
Art thou learned?
Then learn this of me: to have is to have. For all our writers do consent that ipse is “he”. Now, you are not ipse, for I am he.
Which he, sir?
He, sir, that must marry this man. There, you clown, abandon – which is in the vulgar “leave” – the society – which in the boorish is “company” – of this male – which in the common is “boy”, which together is abandon the society of this male, or, clown, thou perishes. Therefore, tremble and depart!
AS YOU LIKE IT – CHARACTER LIST
The ensemble plays the court subjects, the Ardenites, the royal minions, the ladies-in-waiting, the attendants, the puppet-deers and the De Boys dancers. There are featured puppeteers, dancers, wrestlers