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Northwest Florida State College Presents As You Like It March 16 - 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Mattie Kelly Arts Center

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


3/1/2011 -

A cast of 14 Northwest Florida State College students and community members will present Shakespeare's comedy As You Like It in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville from March 16 through 19 at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth 18 and under. NWF State College students & employees with RaiderCard ID may obtain one free ticket per ID, in person from the Box Office space permitting. Purchase tickets by phone, in-person or online from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center box office at (850) 729-6000 or the website at The Box Office is open 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. The online Box Office is open around the clock. If available, seats purchased at the door are the same price as advance tickets.

As You Like It subverts the traditional rules of romance. Gender roles, nature, and politics are confused in a play that reflects on how bewildering yet utterly pleasurable life can be. The idyllic Forest of Arden provides the backdrop for Shakespeare's glorious romantic comedy of courtiers, clowns, philosophers and provincials—all bewitched by the trials and triumphs of love. As You Like It tells the story of power hungry women exiling their sisters, girls playing guys, and everyone finding love in unexpected places.

To start, Dame Frederick (Tamitha Zook of Niceville) has usurped the title of her elder sister, Dame Senior (Chris LaPorta of Niceville). Dame Senior has taken up residence in the Forest of Arden with her band of loyal followers, (Chelsea Chapman and Robby Smith of Shalimar and Megan Rambo and Nicholas Martin of Ft. Walton Beach), leaving her daughter, Rosalind (Zannah deMoll of Niceville), behind at the court. Into this situation, enters Orlando (Daniel Sindelar of Ft. Walton Beach) and Oliver de Boys (Robby Smith of Shalimar), two brothers divided by hostility. Orlando has long been mistreated by his brother. When Orlando enters a wrestling match sponsored by Dame Frederick, Oliver tells his brother’s opponent, Charles, a champion wrestler (George Frye of Pensacola), that he would not care if Charles were to break Orlando's neck.

To the surprise of all, Orlando wins the match. In doing so, he attracts the romantic attention of Rosalind and the ire of Oliver. Orlando and his servant, Adam (Ron Altman of Niceville), flee Oliver's wrath into Arden. Dame Frederick decides to banish Rosalind to Arden as she did her mother. Celia (Tara Adam of Ft. Walton Beach), Frederick's daughter and Rosalind's best friend, declares that she will accompany her in exile. Rosalind disguises herself as a boy named Ganymede, while Celia assumes the part of "his" sister, Aliena, and they are accompanied by the clown Touchstone (Danny Thomas of Niceville).

Orlando eventually finds himself in the company of Dame Senior's men and women, pining for his lost Rosalind. Before long, however, Orlando's habit of carving Rosalind's name in the trees and leaving love poems scattered about the forest tip her off to his presence. Still disguised as Ganymede, Rosalind seeks out Orlando to get a better sense of his feelings for her. She promises to cure Orlando's heartache by letting him pour his feelings out to Ganymede as if "he" were Rosalind. Rosalind also attempts a match between Silvius (George Frye of Pensacola) and Phebe (Margo Wilkes of Ft. Walton Beach) that goes awry when Phebe falls instead for Rosalind's Ganymede. Meanwhile, Touchstone courts a country girl named Audrey (Krystn Santos of Ft. Walton Beach), adding to the multiple romantic plots.

A firm favorite among Shakespeare's comedies, As You Like It runs the glorious gamut of pastoral romance - with cross-dressing and love-notes - to poetry and brilliant conversation, gentle satire, slapstick, and passion!