Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble’s production of As You Like It

Yesterday we went to see As You Like It at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and it was a very interesting play. Here is a short summary of the beginning. Charles the Wrestler (played by Kyle Ware), wrestled Orlando (played by Tony Dingman), the youngest son of the duke that wasn’t banished but isn’t the ruler. Orlando likes Rosalind (played by Heather Burns) and Rosalind likes Orlando. Rosalind, who is the daughter of the banished duke, was banished by the new duke and she runs away with her cousin, Celia (played by Abigail Bailey Maupin), who is the daughter of the new duke and Rosalind best friend. Touchstone (played by Greg Maupin), a fool, goes with them. Orlando ran away because the new duke wanted to kill him by having him wrestle Charles. He brought an old man with him that was played by a puppet.

One of our favorite scenes was when Rosalind decided to disguise herself so she wouldn’t get caught because it was clever. Another favorite scene was the wrestling scene because it was funny how the actors chased all over the stage and in and out of doors. We also liked the scene where they rhymed words with Rosalind in funny ways. Our favorite actor was Greg Maupin because we thought he played the piano and all of his other characters that include Touchstone and Jaques really well. Almost everyone in the play wore masks to show different characters because there were 6 actors and 20 characters. Some of the masks were on poles so an actor could talk to himself with different masks. This was really cool and really well done. There are a bunch of couples that have to work really hard to get married and the grown-ups seemed to really think that was really funny – you know how group-ups are! To top it all off we want to say that this very good play and we really think you should go see it because it’s very interesting. And don’t forget that the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival is part of the Louisville Cultural Pass!

By Turtle and Moose

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