MHT brings Shakespeare in the Park to Paducah
MHT presents Shakespeare in the Park in Paducah
“All the world’s a stage…” MHT travels to Bob Noble Park to produce As You Like It
(Paducah, KY, July 2) – Market House Theatre presents Shakespeare in the Park at Bob Noble Park Amphitheater on July 12, 13, 14 at 6 PM. This free summer event will include music, local food trucks, and three performances of a Shakespeare play with a cast of local youth.
MHT Executive Director, Michael Cochran says, “We’re excited to partner with the City of Paducah and the Parks Department to offer free live theatre in the beautiful Noble Park Amphitheater and showcase young, regional talent.”
MHT’s Shakespeare in the Park will consist of three performances of William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, As You Like It free to the public. In this tale centering on Rosalind and Orlando, everything seems to get turned around: lords and ladies are banished from court, brothers are at odds, and disguises abound in the Forest of Arden. This amusing and often-musical world of royalty, rebels, and clowns comes together in the end to celebrate four weddings between some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters.
“By updating the setting to modern times while still keeping the integrity of Shakespeare’s original text, we have made As You Like It a more relatable experience for a contemporary audience. This show is truly a brilliant play, full of wit and humor, and still resonates with audiences all over the world. We are excited to launch this new cultural event for Paducah with such a fun and exciting show!” says show Director Ashlee Brotherton
Supporting MHT’s mission of creating community, several local food trucks have been invited to be in attendance. Event goers can enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine with Mr. Taco, grilled favorites from PaPa T. Licious, and a sweet treat with the Paducah Bank WOW Wagon. MHT encourages the community to come early, support the local food trucks, bring a blanket, and enjoy the park’s outdoor setting for this free, hilarious, woodsy tale.
In the week leading up the show, MHT hosts an As You Like It scavenger hunt. Each day, clues written in Shakespearean text, with lines pulled from As You Like It, will be posted on the theatre’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Participants must figure out the clue to the location to collect the hidden object. Once found, return the object to the MHT Box Office to claim a prize! Business who have contributed prizes include Confleur Café & Cocktails, Etcetera Coffeeshop, Pipers Tea & Coffee, Paducah Beer Werks, and Maiden Alley Cinema.
The cast and musicians of As You Like It features seventeen local high school and recently graduated youth. The cast includes Marshall County High School graduates Davin Belt as Charles/Silvius, Mo Cox as Rosalind, and Taylor Edwards as Duke Senior. Recent graduates from McCracken County High School include Andrew Castleman as Orlando and playing guitar, Jaden Raney as Celia, Martha McHaney as Phoebe, and Max Medford as Touchstone. Currently attending McCracken County High School are Damien Lowry as Jaques, Patrick McHaney as Oliver and playing drums, Sydnie Midyett as Audrey, Jacob Harris as a player, and Zoey Brinker as Corin. Soon-to-be Tilghman freshman are Sophia Hoffman as a player, Maya Romanak playing bass, Olivia Goodwin playing violin, Aneeza Ali playing violin, and Kate Bidwell as Adam and on flute.
The crew for As You Like It includes Director Ashlee Brotherton, Assistant Director Davin Belt, and Music Director Maya Romanak.
MHT’s Shakespeare in the Park presenting As You Like It
July 12, 13, 14 at 6:00 PM – Free admission!
Bob Noble Park Amphitheater
For more information, visit www.MarketHouseTheatre.org or visit MHT’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
About Market House Theatre:
Market House Theatre had its beginning in 1963 when the civic beautification board approached a small group of citizens to transform the 1905 public market house into a theatre. Since then, the Theatre has seen phenomenal growth and draws audiences from across the region. The mission of the Market House Theatre is to develop and share the creative abilities of children and adults through arts education classes and the production of plays. With 53,000 student interactions each year, the organization strives to make programming accessible to all by bringing theatre into the schools as a teaching tool for math, science, social studies, history and literacy. Each year nearly 1,800 classes and rehearsals take place on the MHT campus and in 40 schools across 12 counties. Over 950 children and adults perform each year in comedies, dramas, murder mystery dinner theatre, musicals, comedy improv, and school productions.