Yesterday evening, a friend of mine had the pleasure of taking in the Freewill Shakespeare Festival as a part of a tweetup and after hearing about her experience, I wanted to share it with you!
Thanks @FreewillPlayers @whatbrittwrites @Hedgehodge for introducing me to outdoor theatre last night! Loved “As you like it””. Loved it so much that I started sharing a few phone photos of the excitement during the tweetup that Freewill Shakespeare Festival, Brittany Kustra & Stephen Hodges hosted before the actual performance on my social media platforms last night. I also shared a few before the performance started and a couple more during intermission.
It is worth noting here that photography is not permitted during the actual play, and rightly so.
The As you like it performance by Freewill Shakespeare Players is excellently done. About the same length as a movie and very interactive for kids too. It was hilarious, romantic, had very few songs (a plus in my books), invoked empathy, had a lot of comedic mime artistry, something for everyone.
Their forced time indoors (due to a tear in the Heritage Amphitheatre canopy) last year cost them $140,000 in lost revenue and some audience members didn’t attend last year as they preferred the outdoor theatre experience. It would be a shame for us to lose outdoor theatre in Edmonton if Edmontonians don’t use it, especially as they offer a lot of payment by donation performances. Many ways to support them, including “Pay-what-you-will” performances on Tuesday nights and Saturday Matinees and monetary donations through their website. They even offer a puppet show version of “As you like it” on Saturday afternoons till July 18, 2015.