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Upper School Presents Shakespeare's As You Like It

Kent Place’s Upper School Theater Department is pleased to present As You Like It, on Friday, February 28, and Saturday, February 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s Hyde and Watson Theatre, on campus at 42 Norwood Avenue. Admission is free and open to the public.

With its many themes of love, injustice, forgiveness, and court versus country life, As You Like It tells the story of Rosalind and Celia, two women banished from Duke Frederick’s court and the relationships that form during their exile in the Forest of Ardenne as they seek out Rosalind’s father. Their journey teaches them about the importance of equality, freedom, and love.

As You Like It highlights the timeless concept that humans can change for the better,” said senior Vivienne Germain. “Rosalind demonstrates the power in breaking social boundaries, a concept still relevant today.”

Said director Mary Walden, “Rosalind and Celia’s journey into the Forest of Arden reveals that equality is possible, and with it comes freedom — freedom to learn, grow, and experience their potential in friendships and with their lovers. They experience the freedom to change, to forgive, and, ultimately, to love. For all these reasons, I chose this play as it so profoundly teaches us to celebrate each moment of this extraordinary life.”

The As You Like It cast includes Lizzie Beckett ’21, Leah Cohn ’22, Gabriella DePlasco ’22, Lilly Fanelle ’23, Whitney Gordon ’21, Nyatché Martha ’21, Sadie Zeiner-Morrish ’22, Lillian Gabriel ‘23, Kayla Kim ‘21, Vivienne Germain ‘20, Isabella Abbate ‘22, Eliza Lox ‘21, Kelsa McKern ‘22, Sofia Handzy ‘20, and Mackenzie Thompson ‘23.

The crew includes Haley Murray ’21 (stage manager), Charlotte Betz ‘23 (props), Julia Gerbino ’21 (set design), and Riley Wagner ’21 (lighting). Set and lighting design are by Theater Technical Assistant Danni Newbury.

Kent Place offers visual arts, dance, theater, and music instruction in all grades. Whether students sing or dance, play an instrument, act or direct, or paint, draw, and sculpt, they learn to see themselves — and their world — from a variety of perspectives. For more information about the arts at Kent Place, please visit www.kentplace.org/arts.
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