The Interlochen Shakespeare Festival draws on the unique resources of the Interlochen Center for the Arts to present bold and innovative interpretations of the classics. Founded in 2008 and led by artistic director William Church, a core ensemble of Interlochen faculty, staff and alumni commits itself to engaging northwest Michigan audiences through professional theatre that celebrates the Shakespearean imagination.
Summer 2015 - "As You Like It"
July 2-3 and July 9-11 - 8 p.m.
One of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, "As You Like It" joyously celebrates the transformation of self that occurs on the uncertain road of life. Banished from her home by her usurping uncle, Rosalind ventures into the Forest of Arden to discover her true love amidst a wide array of some of Shakespeare's most memorable characters. The gender-bending courtship of Rosalind and Orlando has enchanted audiences for centuries, as has the melancholy Jaques with his fascinating insights into the human condition. Featuring original music composed by Courtney Kaiser-Sandler, this timeless comedy highlights the liberating journey of self discovery while reminding us that "all the world's a stage."
Backstage At The Shakespeare Festival
The Interlochen Shakespeare Festival invites audiences behind the scenes to learn more about the process of bringing the Bard's words to life.
An Actor's Approach to Shakespeare, Sunday, July 5, 2 p.m. in Harvey Theatre
Tickets starting at $12
Join Shakespeare Festival actor and Interlochen Arts Academy instructor Dr. David Montee (author of "Translating Shakespeare: A Guidebook for Young Actors") and other members of the cast of "As You Like It" for an informal exploration of how modern actors grapple with Shakespearean language and meaning. This presentation will include staged readings from Shakespeare's Sonnets as examples.
Pre-Show Discussion: Friday, July 3, 7 p.m.
William Church, the artistic director of the Shakespeare Festival and director of Theatre at Interlochen Center for the Arts, will lead a pre-show discussion of "As You Like It." This session will help set the context for the play and provide insights into the staging of this year's production.
Post-Show Discussion: Friday, July 10, Immediately following the performance
The audience is invited to join the director and cast members of "As You Like It" for a question and answer session about this year's production.
After the sold-out success of its first two productions, "Twelfth Night" and "The Taming of the Shrew," the company presented "Macbeth" in 2010, "The Merchant of Venice" in 2011, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in 2012, "Hamlet" in 2013, and "The Tempest" in 2014.