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In its second season, resident theatre company Shakespeare on the Vine will present William Shakespeare’s comedic romance “As You Like It” this summer at Brice Station Vineyards near Murphys.
Director Tara Kayton aims to transform the hilltop at Brice Station into a sultry French cabaret with multiple stages. Kayton’s “As You Like It” is visually inspired by the French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, which is represented in the production’s costumes and scenery.
The show will feature new and returning actors, live music, can-can dancing, and Shakespeare’s iconic words: “All the world’s a stage... And all the men and women merely players.”
Last summer’s successful production of “The Taming of the Shrew” helped the venue garner both the 2015 Calaveras Visitors Bureau’s Innovations in Tourism Awards for Most Innovative Attraction and Most Innovative Business.
Brice Station Vineyards award-winning wine will be available for purchase at 5 p.m. along with on-site catering. The production opens Friday and plays at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 27.
The play’s central heroine and protagonist Rosalind is played by Candice Goodman. Rosalind is the daughter of the exiled Duchess Senior and niece to her usurping sister Duchess Frederick, both played by Charlene West.
Rosalind is accompanied by her dry witted cousin Celia, played by Alia Camille Ledford.
Brandon Lancaster portrays the gentle and handsome male protagonist, Orlando, juxtaposed by evil sister Olive, played with ease and brilliant dark comedy from Elyse Sharp.
The observant and melancholy Jaques is portrayed soundly by local favorite, Sheila Doyle, with simple philosophies echoed by Ross Aldrich as Corin.
The clowning Touchstone, Jason “Clocky” McDowell, and his dim-witted love interest Audrey (Emily C. Wilson) bring levity and physical comedy to the show. The chase scenes between the love-struck Silvius (Sean M. Lewis) and beautiful cabaret singer Pheobe (Lillian McLeod) aim to leave audiences laughing all evening.
The music director and composer, Jeremiah Heath, and fellow musicians Holly Johnston and Emeld Ross Hampton serenade the entire play with French folk music tailored for the show with Shakespeare’s lyrics.
The god-like character Hymen will be represented as the absinthe green fairy from Brittany Kleinschnitz.
Actors often double to play cabaret can-can dancers, servants and people of the court, and comedic patrons of the cabaret.
The play’s artistic collaborators include: dramaturg, Ryan M. Davis; assistant director, Janet Cunningham; costumes by Ann Mazzaferro; scenery from Rachel Adsit Lowing and Alex Stoicheff; fight choreographer, Amber Rack; technical direction and lighting design from Ross Aldrich; production manager, Jack D. McDowell; and production assistance from Ryan Anderson, Tyler Waterman, Jeremy Neely, Rocky Chick, Stuart and Dolores Mast, and Lubov Mazur.
• What: ‘As You Like It.’
• When: Friday through Aug. 27.
• Where: Brice Station Vineyards, 3353 E. Highway 4, Murphys area.
• Tickets: $20 or $22.
• Information: bricestation.com/events/shakespeare, (209) 736-7238.