As You Like It

MARCH 16 – APRIL 1, 1995
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Harvey M. Miller

Rosalind, daughter of the rightful Duke Senior, lives at the Court of his usurping brother, Frederick, as a companion to Frederick’s daughter, Celia. The Duke has taken refuge with his comrades in the Forest of Arden, and when Rosalind is suddenly banished by her uncle, she goes there to seek her father, taking with her Celia and Touchstone the Court Fool. For safety, Rosalind is disguised as a man (Ganymede) travelling with his sister (Aliena).

Rosalind has already met and fallen in love with Orlando, the youngest son of Sir Rowland de Boys. Orlando is also bound for the Forest to escape the malice of his elder brother, Oliver. When Rosalind and Orlando meet again in the Forest of Arden, Orlando does not recognize Rosalind and believes her to be the man Ganymede. The Forest of Arden becomes a wondrous place where love abounds.

Director, Harvey M. Miller

Director’s Notes:

“Every rehearsal period is a journey of discovery for the designers, the actors and the director. It is always a thrilling experience that presents challenges for all.

It has been my great fortune to have the opportunity to work with some of my very talented colleagues and with many of our talented students. This production has provided an opportunity for two of our graduate design students to complete their practicum requirements for the MFA.

Personally, with this production of As You Like It, I will have served as an actor or director on more than one-third of Shakespeare’s plays. My passion for Shakespeare began in university as a student in courses with Ralph G. Allen, Charles Crow, Lionel Charles Knights, and Bert 0. States and has been nurtured both as an audience member and as a participant in productions. As a teacher, actor and director, I have been inspired and energized by Shakespeare’s plays.

This production marks the retirement of our gifted costume designer, Professor Irene Pieper, with whom I have worked happily over many years at the University of Victoria. My gratitude and love go with you, Irene, as you continue your travels.

On behalf of everyone on the production team, students, staff and faculty, we hope that our production will be “as you like it.”

Irene Pieper, Costume Designer

Irene Pieper has designed costumes and makeup for Theatre, Television, Feature Films and Commercials. Her theatre designs include those for The Bastion Theatre, Shakespeare Plus, Ballet Celeste, Pacific Opera Victoria, The Nanaimo Festival and several American universities as well as the University of Victoria. The current production of As You Like It marks the fourth time Irene has designed costumes for As You Like It.

Over the past 24 years, Irene has taught Costume Design, Costume History and Design and Theatrical Makeup for UVic’s Theatre Department. She has also designed costumes for The Threepenny Opera, Rodgers and Hart, Joan of Arc, The Glass Menagerie, Man of La Mancha, Lovers: Winners and Losers, Canterbury Tales, Snoopy!!!, Molly, Happiest of the Three, Arms and the Man, The Mikado, Tartuffe, The Miser, Shakespeare ‘s Double Bill, Arabian Nights, Engaged, West Side Story, The Learned Ladies and As You Like It.

Irene travels worldwide in pursuit of her interest in photographing ethnic costume and as a result she is in the process of writing a book on costume design that will feature her research, sketches and photographs.

Michael Meloche, Set Designer

Anyone attending a Phoenix production over the past four years is certain to be familiar with the innovative and imaginative designs of Michael Meloche.

He has been responsible for the set and costume design for Salt-Water Moon, associate set designer for The Dining Room, the costume designer for The Beautiful People and All Aboard!, the set design for The Mail Order Bride, A View from the Bridge and the memorable art deco, Private Lives.

A multi-talented artist, Michael has been responsible for the construction of many of our stage props, including the realistic set of duelling pistols (that fired) and the elegant case used in Nothing Sacred to the set and props for As You Like It.

As You Like It is Michael’s thesis design project, and in May, he will graduate with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre.

Michael’s background is as varied as it is long and he has always had a passion for the visual arts and the creative process. Notably, the ’94 Commonwealth Games saw some of Michael’s work in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

A scholar, teacher, chef, artist and grandfather are just a few of the many varied accomplishments in Michael’s life.

Jennifer Brumer, Lighting Designer

Coming to UVic from Thornhill, Ontario, Jennifer completed her BA at the University of Western Ontario, graduating with an honours degree in Political Science. She also studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts as a lighting design intern in their 1 993 Summer Season. Her Assistant Lighting Design credits include Don Giovanni for the Banff Centre, and Moon for the Misbegotten, Miss Julie and Democracy for the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario. Jennifer designed her first professional show this past December in the Grand’s studio space.
Shows designed for UVic’s Phoenix Theatres include See Bob Run, The Juniper Tree, Vox, This Too is a Play, Private Lives and Happy End.

After completing the lighting design for As You Like It, (her Master of Fine Arts thesis production) Jennifer will be returning to Ontario for her second season as assistant lighting designer at the Stratford Festival. She will be working on The Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth, and The Country Wife. She is also the recipient of a 1994 Guthrie Award, from the Stratford Festival, in the form of a tuition scholarship. Jennifer is an apprentice member of Associated Designers of Canada.


Cast & Creative

Creative Team:

Director Harvey M. Miller
Assistant to the Director Paul Rivers
Set Designer Michael Meloche
Costume Designer  Irene Pieper
Assistant Costume Designer Teona Bisson
Lighting Designer Jennifer Brumer
Assistant Lighting Designer Kyra Crouzat
Sound Designer Jamie Richardson
Musical Director Dale McIntosh
Movement Kaz Piesowocki

Tomo Vranjes, Jason Lake, Jana Dempsey and Chris Thompson

Duke Senior Morgan Gadd
Duke Frederick Charles Stuart Ross
Amiens Graeme Somerville
Jacques Tomo Vranjes
Le Beau Richard Stille
Charles Daniel G. Sieberg
Oliver Kennedy Felix Goodkey
Olivia Jamie Hillman
Orlando Lucas Robert Myers
Adam Pablo Felices-Luna
Touchstone John Krich
Sir Oliver Martext Nicola Schicchi
Corin Paul Rivers
Silvius Charles Stuart Ross
William Daniel G. Sieberg
Hymen Anthony Jenkins
Rosalind Janet Macdonald
Celia Caroline Cave
Phebe Bernadette McKelvey
Audrey Jennifer Andrews
1st Lord Peter Spencer
2nd Lord Chet Culham
3rd Lord Mark Lewis
4th Lord Galen Olstead
5th Lord Jason Lake