Tasmanian College of the Arts to present As You Like It

TAKING THE LEAD: Stephanie Francis as Rosalind and Lachie Murphy as Jaques in TCotA's production of As You Like It. Picture: Hamish Geale
TAKING THE LEAD: Stephanie Francis as Rosalind and Lachie Murphy as Jaques in TCotA's production of As You Like It. Picture: Hamish Geale

Tasmanian College of the Arts theatre students will bring Shakespeare’s textbook combination of love, laughter and cross-dressing to Launceston next week when they perform As You Like It at the Annexe Theatre. 

Olivia Brodzinski, who will play Yolanda during the four shows, said the play explored the idea of love and wrapped up with a happy ending for all the major characters. 

“It’s based around Rosalind and Yolanda, they’re the main lovers of the show,” she said.

“In the original version Yolanda is actually Orlando and is played by a male, so I’m playing it as a female.”

TOP TWO: Olivia Brodzinski and Stephanie Francis face off during rehearsals for As You Like It. Picture: Hamish Geale

TOP TWO: Olivia Brodzinski and Stephanie Francis face off during rehearsals for As You Like It. Picture: Hamish Geale

As well as taking on acting roles, students have also been given technical responsibilities within the play. 

“Stephanie who plays Rosalind, she’s also done all of the sound for the show along with Jacob who plays Oliver, so everyone’s taken on a technical role as well which is really challenging but really fun.

“This course is really good at that because once you get out into the workforce as an actor, you have a better chance of being given something if you’ve learnt all aspects of the theatre, so it’s covering all bases which is really cool.” 

As You Like It will be performed at the Annexe Theatre at 7pm from May 24 to 27.

Tickets are $10 each and can be booked by calling 63244450.