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Feb. 28-March 7: College's winter production of ‘As You Like It’

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Feb 07, 2020

The College of Lake County Theatre department will present “As You Like It,” one of Shakespeare’s best-known comedies, from Feb. 28 to March 7 in the Studio Theatre of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, located on the Grayslake Campus. Show times are: Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. There also will be a high school matinee Friday, March 6 at 10 a.m.

In “As You Like It,” comic twists and turns abound in the mythical Forest of Arden, where a disguised Rosalind seeks refuge after being wrongfully banished by her uncle. Her unfortunate exile is transformed into a charming adventureCLC students Rosalind (Briana Livesay), left, and Celia (Chantal Moody), right, have some fun at the expense of Touchstone (Reese Starzec) in CLC Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” when she encounters some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters—colorful fools, witty rustics and the lovesick Orlando. The story is a topsy-turvy journey into one of the most joyous worlds the Bard ever penned.

Photo: Rosalind (Briana Livesay), left, and Celia (Chantal Moody), right, have some fun at the expense of Touchstone (Reese Starzec) in CLC Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.”

The production has live music, fitting for what is one of Shakespeare’s most musical plays, said Craig Rich, chair of CLC’s Theatre department and the play’s director. “In many ways, ‘As You Like It’ is the culmination of Shakespeare's greatest comedies,” he added. “It takes all the elements audiences loved about his comic plays and multiplies them. As a result, there is more love, more action and physical comedy, and more music.

“If a person attending the play doesn’t understand every single word of Shakespeare, that's okay because they will be able to follow the story by what the characters are doing—their actions and reactions; their physicality and gestures; and their rich emotional journey. It is our job, as theatre artists, to tell the story vocally, physically and emotionally.” 

The 2019-20 academic year marks 50 years of CLC Theatre, and as part of the celebration,  the public is invited to stay for a reception immediately following the March 1 performance.

Tickets are available in person at the Box Office, by phone at (847) 543-2300 or online at, which also has pricing and discount information. To request sign language interpreting, please contact the Box Office at least two weeks in advance.

To stay current on CLC Theatre, visit the department’s Facebook page.


’As You Like It’ Cast List

Rosalind:   Briana Livesay (Wauconda)

Celia:  Chantal Moody (Round Lake)

Duke Senior:  Greg Nevil (Waukegan)

Duke Frederick:  Lukav Folwilde (Waukegan)

Orlando:  Owen Skarbalus (Lindenhurst)

Oliver:  Elijah Janssen-Weitz (Lindenhurst)

Adam:  Romeo Sobrepena (Lindenhurst)

Charles:  Nicholas Ang (Round Lake Beach)

Le Beau:  Bryan Smith (Winthrop Harbor)

Touchstone:  Reese Starzec (Round Lake)

Amiens:  Mike Dvorak (Long Grove)

Jaques: Greg Sendi (Chicago)

Corin: Nicholas Ang (Round Lake Beach)

Silvius:  Sam Carlson (Lake Forest)

Phoebe:  Edith Graham (Grayslake)

Audrey: Kassandra Phelan (Waukegan)

Sir Oliver Mar-text:  Jesse Ocampo (Park City)

William:  Nate Toledo (Round Lake Beach)

Hymen:  Lukav Folwilde (Waukegan)



Sam Carlson (Lake Forest)

Mike Dvorak (Long Grove)

Lucero Martinez (Gurnee)

Owen Skarbalus (Lindenhurst)


About the CLC Theatre Department

The CLC Theatre Department offers 13 different courses and an Associate in Arts degree, with emphasis either on theatre performance (acting/directing) or technical theatre (design/stage management). For more information, contact the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts division at (847) 543-2040 or visit Or become a fan of the College of Lake County Theatre Department Facebook page.


About College of Lake County

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation. To learn more, call (847) 543-2000.