Rock Canyon stages Shakespeare play

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Rock Canyon High School's young thespians, directed by Cindy Baker, will perform classic roles in William Shakespeare's popular comedy “As You Like It” in the school theater at 7 p.m. Nov. 21, 22 and 23.

Romance, rivalry and mistaken identity are woven into a complex plot, originally set in the forest of Arden, as the audience follows the tale of Rosalind, Celia, Orlando, Oliver, shepherds and others. Cast members include leading players Zack Rickert, Meredith Ham, Sam Henry, Larissa Rosendale, Liam Kelley, Logan Schafer, Chris Woodley and Max Pederson.

For this production, the scene is switched to Woodstock in 1969 and the characters will be hippies. “Themes of love, gender roles and the thrill of nature are preserved,” Baker said.

Thespians are also preparing to compete at the December 5-7 statewide Thespian Conference at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Also competing, according to Baker, are stage managers Bethany Hopkins and Lela Smith, cast members Isabella Huff, Michael Mille, Mitch Valdarez, Francesca Wearsch, Rachel Rose and Kinsey Riley. Light designer Sam Molitoriss will offer his design in the Technical Theater category.

Before they compete, they will also audition at Rock Canyon for roles in the spring musical, “Sweeney Todd: School Edition.” In addition, Schafer and Zetwick recently auditioned and were selected for the elite Colorado All State Jazz Choir.

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