One of Shakespeare’s most popular romantic comedies, “As You Like It,” will be presented by the world renowned Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF) at the Aliceville Entertainment Complex, 210 Broad Street NE, on Thursday, January 10. There will be two performances. The first will be at 9:30 am for all high school juniors and seniors attending school, or being home schooled in Pickens County. Another performance at 7:00pm will be for the general public. Admission to both performances will be free of charge.
The Aliceville Museum is sponsoring the event in conjunction with the Pickens County Arts Guild with a generous grant from the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. Free tickets to the 7pm performance may be obtained in person or by phone at the Aliceville Museum (104 Broad Street, NE - (205) 373-2363). Reserved 'will call' tickets may be picked up at the Museum before January 10 - or at the Aliceville Entertainment Complex box office after 6:00 pm on January 10. Reserved Tickets not picked up by 6:30 PM on January 10 will be released.
Although the tickets to the performance are free, tax deductible donations to the Pickens County Arts Guild in any amount are encouraged (but not required). The Guild was established to bring quality entertainment to Pickens County and West Alabama. Donations may be made in advance through the Aliceville Museum (call (205) 373-2363 for details) or at the theater on the evening of the performance. A special reception with the actors will be held for Arts Guild donors in the Events Room at the Aliceville Museum following the performance.
The ASF guide to “As You Like It” describes the plot of the play as involving intolerant authority figures, young runaways, a forest, love, exuberance — and sheep! All the ingredients of a great romantic comedy, as Shakespeare well knew when he wrote “As You Like It” near the end of the 1590s. In it, Shakespeare combines many of his favorite comic devices and a trendy pastoral convention to meditate on the nature of love, his favorite comic subject. Young lovers abound; relationships get tangled, not least because a girl disguises herself as a boy; and a threatening political situation dissolves at the edge of the forest.
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