Recycled Shakespeare Company, central Maine’s premiere Shakespearean theater company, will present “As You Like It” by William Shakespeare. This year’s play will be performed in three different locations.

The first performance will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, June 16, in the hall of Waterville United Church of Christ, Eustis Parkway, in Waterville. Tickets are free, however an advance donation of $10 will give you optimal viewing in a first or second row seat. To reserve a ticket, call 314-8607 or 314-4730.

The second performance will provide audiences an opportunity to enjoy Shakespeare the traditional way, by daylight, at noon on Saturday, June 17, at Coburn Park in Skowhegan. Bring a picnic and a blanket or chair to the amphitheater.

The company will perform at a nearby location to be annoucned at 7 p.m. Friday, July 7. For more information, call 314-8607.

In the hands of RSC, “As You Like It” is a romantic-comedy set in the pastoral Forest of Arden, where couples meet and identities are hidden until all ends happily. Produced and directed by Emily Rowden Fournier, the cast, ages 6 to 75, will regale the audience with songs, dance, witty repartee, and antics galore.

Katie Howes, of China, stars as Rosalind while Natasha Jencks-Ayres, of Madison, plays her cousin, Celia. Murray Herard, of Winslow, returns to the RSC cast as Touchstone, the fool, while Joshua Fournier, of Fairfield, plays Jaques, Shakespeare’s most famous melancholy man. Kaitlin Corson, of Albion, and Alejandro Fernandez, of Strong, make their RSC debuts as Orlando and Silvius.


New cast members also include Cathe Ayres, of Madison; Angela and Grace Dunton, of Hartland; Isabella Fernandez, of Strong; Alli Macdonald, of Belfast; and Shana and Joey Page, of Albion; with a special appearance by Carlos Bandieras, of Fairfield.

Veteran cast members and crew include Debbie Achorn, Rita Fortin, Lyn and Joe Rowden, Emily Rowden Fournier, Liana LaPlante, Teya Bard, Helena Page.

Refreshments will be available for purchase at each show with proceeds helping to bring free local theater to central Maine audiences.

For more information, call 314-8607 or email [email protected].

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