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Part romantic comedy, part bluegrass concert. Bare Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre & PineCone team up for a fun outdoor event!

WHO: Bare Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, PineCone, The Zinc Kings, and local food trucks!

WHAT: William Shakespeare's As You LIke It, performed with live original music by Greensboro old-time band, The Zinc Kings.

WHERE: Stephenson Amphitheatre at Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 PogueSt., Raleigh NC 27607.

WHEN: August 22 - 30, 2013 (August 25 & September 1 are rain dates). 

HOW: With YOUR help! 

WHY: Our goal with this production is to create an unforgettable event that will bring the community together to enjoy traditional NC music and theatre outdoors.

Whitney Griffin is Rosalind in "As You Like It." Photo by Jason Raitz
Whitney Griffin is Rosalind in "As You Like It." Photo by Jason Raitz

As You Like It is one of Shakespeare's most beloved plays. Bare Theatre’s Artistic Director Heather J. Strickland transports the passions of the forest lords, the Dukes, and the beautifully headstrong Rosiland into the woods of Appalachia. Taking place in the open air of Raleigh Little Theatre’s outdoor stage by the Rose Garden, the show is both music festival and theatrical spectacle. It features live original music by Greensboro old-time band, The Zinc Kings. 

Here's the music video & official web trailer for As You Like It, "Under the Greenwood Tree," performed by The Zinc Kings:

Treat yourself to a summer evening under the stars with live music, theater, a picnic, local food trucks, and much more! Sip a beer or wine from the concessions stand, sit back, and enjoy the comedy and the music.  This family-friendly show will make you laugh and get your toe tappin'!

This event can only happen with YOUR support. Your contribution will help to pay for production costs including building a set that will suggest the mountains of Appalachia, as well as rental of audio equipment (headset microphones, amplifiers, sound board).

Everyone who gives at least $15 will receive a ticket to any single performance. 

IF YOU WANT MORE THAN ONE TICKET, simply contribute a multiple of $15 and select the $15 (GROUNDLING) Reward. You'll get that number of tickets! Higher contribution levels allow you to receive a host of other great gifts, such as a CD copy of The Zinc Kings' original record of As You Like It.

Bare Theatre is a group of artists dedicated to simple, eclectic, non-traditional and spontaneous theatre. We hope to give our audience a clear, articulate and passionate experience of theatre with little other than a room, audience, the actors, and the text.

Raleigh Little Theatre is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to enrich, educate, and entertain our community by providing a superior theatre experience. Raleigh Little Theatre is a community theatre that produces 11 full productions annually and maintains a comprehensive youth and adult theatre education programs.

PineCone - the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, presents more than 30 concerts per year, in addition to offering ongoing participatory music sessions and jams, bluegrass music camps for youth, a weekly bluegrass radio show on 94.7 WQDR, and more. 

Jeff Buckner is Orlando in "As You Like It." Photo by Jason Raitz
Jeff Buckner is Orlando in "As You Like It." Photo by Jason Raitz

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The main challenge for any outdoor production is the weather. We can't control it, but we can plan for it.

We've performed outdoors several times in the past, and the best thing to do is count on it raining. We expect that we won't be able to perform every day on the schedule - that's why we've got rain dates on August 25 for the first weekend, and September 1 for the second weekend.

We've planned on the weather - so should you! Your ticket that you receive with your contribution is good for ANY of our performances, so plan a back-up date (or two) in case your first choice rains out.

FAQ

  • All tickets are $15. Kids under 5 get in free!

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  • Yes! Just choose the $15 GROUNDLING reward and contribute any multiple of 15. You'll receive that many tickets, good at ANY performance date. So 2 tickets = $30, 3 tickets = $45, 4 = $60 and so on.

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  • You don't have to! By contributing $15 (or any multiple of $15) and selecting THE GROUNDLING reward level, you receive tickets good for ANY performance date. All you have to do is show up on the date of your choosing!

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  • The average temperature in Raleigh, NC in August (according to www.climate-zone.com) is 77.1°. The average high is 86.8° and the average low is 67.5°. We anticipate evening temps in the low to mid 80's, possible high 70's.

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