UM School of Theatre & Dance to Present ‘As You Like It’

September 21, 2017

MISSOULA – The University of Montana School of Theatre & Dance will present the Shakespearean classic “As You Like It” to audiences next month.

“As You Like It,” directed by UM Associate Professor of Theater John Kenneth DeBoer, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 11-14, and Oct. 18-21, as well as at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 and 22, in the Masquer Theatre in UM’s Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center.

General admission tickets cost $16, while senior and student tickets cost $14. Admission for children 12 and under is $10. Tickets are available by calling the UMArts Box Office at 406-243-4581 from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or by ordering online at http://www.umt.edu/umarts/theatredance/.

With its themes of love, forgiveness and justice, pastoral comedy “As You Like It” is one of the Bard’s most enduring and romantic tales. Proto-feminist Rosalind and her loyal cousin Celia take refuge in the Forest of Arden and cross paths with a series of fellow courtiers as well as country folk. Disguises, love at first sight, bad poetry and even a lioness intertwine in the play to form a delightful backdrop for some of Shakespeare’s most famous phrases.

“We decided to open this season with a production that touches on contemporary themes and also honors the roots of Western theater,” DeBoer said. “We are attempting to recreate the Elizabethan experience of attending a play while also constructing a set that we can return to, embellish and reinvent for years to come. It is exciting to see this first attempt at building a space in the Masquer Theatre that invokes the Elizabethan stage.”

For more information, call DeBoer at 406-243-4481 or email john.deboer@umontana.edu. A complete schedule of UM School of Theatre & Dance productions for the 2017-18 academic year is online at http://www.umt.edu/umarts/theatredance/Season/17-18-season.php.

Contact: John Kenneth DeBoer, UM associate professor of theater, 406-243-4481, john.deboer@umontana.edu.