FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2006
Shakespeare's 'As You Like It' Debuts March 17
Conflicted lovers struggle to find bliss with often hilarious results in the College of the Canyons Theatre Department's presentation of William Shakespeare's classic comedy As You Like It, opening Friday, March 17 at the Performing Arts Center.
Directed by John DiMita, who has helmed numerous plays at the college including last season's critical hit "Rumors," As You Like It follows the fortunes of star-crossed lovers Rosalind and Orlando as they try to overcome banishment, death - or worse - in their pursuit of happiness in the magical forest of Arden, and in each other.
The character of Rosalind is played by Meaghan Boeing. Originally from Boston, Boeing has performed regionally and locally in Don Juan: The Trickster of Seville (Aminta), The Misanthrope (Jennifer), The Sound of Music (Maria), As You Like It (Phebe), Sunday in the Park With George (Celeste #1) and many other productions. She also travels nationally with a one-woman show educating youth about relationship violence.
Orlando is portrayed by Louis Steele. This is Steele's first leading role in a play. Previously he performed in an Irish version of Romeo and Juliet at Valencia High School, in which he played the bagpipes as well as the character of Pastor John. Most recently, Steele worked with the Canyon Theatre Guild as Scrooge's nephew Fred in its production of A Christmas Carol. He also worked backstage on the COC production of Little Shop of Horrors. Currently, Steele is a full-time student and part-time math tutor at College of the Canyons, and plans to transfer to a university in Fall 2007.
Also performing in the play is William S. Hart School District Board member Paul Strickland, who will play the role of Adam, a servant of Orlando's brother Oliver.
As You Like It opens Friday, March 17 at 8 pm and runs again at 2pm and 8pm on Saturday, March 18 and finishes with a 2 pm show on Sunday, March 19. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for seniors, children under 12 and students with valid student ID.
For more information, please visit the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center website at: www.canyonspac.com.