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The cast of William Shakespeare's "As You Like It" poses in their costumes after their Speculator performance. They are (from left) Kevan Spencer, Colleen Pine, Matthew Elliot, Caitlyn Oenbrink, Matt LaVigne, Grave Allyn, Danielle Melendez, and Patrick Burns. (Photo/Melanie Snyder)


About 50 like 'As You Like It'

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - Updated: 9:28 PM


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SPECULATOR -- "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players," William Shakespeare wrote.

And one man has played many parts in the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts production of "As You Like It," performed Sunday, Aug. 3, in the Speculator Pavilion.

The 60-minute play is one of Shakespeare's most beloved. A lighthearted and flirtatious comedy, it also takes a look at the issues of friendship and mistaken identity.

Stephen Svoboda of the Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse directed ALCA's version along with Assistant Director and Music Composer Chris Coffey. About 50 people turned out for the performance here.

Thirteen performances of "As You Like It" took place over the course of the summer. The cast starred Patrick Burns, Matthew Elliott, Caitlyn Oenbrink, Colleen Pine, Kevan Spencer, Grace Allyn and Matt LaVigne.

"It's such a great experience to do this Shakespeare show outside in the wilderness. All the crowds have been so enthusiastic and happy to have us," said Burns. "I've felt very welcome."

"Touring with a show through the Adirondacks is no easy feat," says Elliott. "I thought I understood the definition of 'teamwork,' but it wasn't until we did two shows a day in two different locations and had to set up our stage, perform our show, and tear down our stage twice a day that I was enlightened."

Several other Main Stage touring shows for the arts center include "The Cherry Orchard," "Tarzan," "Grease: The Movie Experience," and "The Penguin Tango."

ALCA also hosts several concerts and guest artists as well as various galleries and special events through September; and conducts an AC Kids Experience 2014 Summer Camp Curriculum through the end of August.

Ticket purchases or more information about ALCA events can be found by calling (518) 352-7715 Mondays through Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. or by visiting


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