As You Like It by William Shakespeare at Westwood High School Auditorium

For Immediate Release to all media

From The Westwood Shakespeare Company

Contact: B.G. Bradley 485-1023, 485-1885 or bradleybg@nice.k12.mi.us

As You Like It at Westwood

Ishpeming—“Can one have too much of a good thing?”—William Shakespeare

The Westwood Shakespeare Company will present Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It

April 16 at 10 a.m. and April 17 and 24, at 7 p.m. at the Westwood High School Auditorium. The production features cast and crew from Westwood High School in grades 9-12.

“The kids are having a great time!” said director B.G. Bradley of the company’s second Shakespeare production of the school year. “This time they’re taking on the funny bits!”

Bradley said the production will feature a wild combination of character types including, Yoopers, hippies, and a Groucho Marx clone.

The play is a classic comedy featuring the mistaken identities, slapstick, and verbal sparring that were originated by Shakespeare and his contemporaries and still figure in our comedies today.

“The play is suitable for all ages and is full of fun, with some great Elizabethan language to boot,” said Bradley.

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students.

On the horizon for the company, according to Bradley, is the launch of a new branch in September. The Westwood Shakespeare Company Community Theatre will hold auditions in September for a production of King Lear to be staged during Labor Day week 2014. According to Bradley auditions will be open to all ages. “The hope is to get people, including adults, college, and high school students from all over Marquette County involved,” said Bradley. “Once the cast is selected,” said Bradley, “we’ll hold open, free rehearsals at various locales around Marquette County. We want to share the thrill and excitement of working with Shakespeare with our audience every step of the way.”

According to Bradley, well known local director/ actors Denise Clark (Lear Director) and Marty Martello (Technical Director) are aboard for the new program, with Bradley acting as Artistic Director. He added that more details are to come this summer.

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