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The Young Shakespeare Players (YSP), a non-profit theater program founded in 1980, performs full-length, uncut original works by Shakespeare, G.B Shaw, and Charles Dickens, with actors 7 & up. There are no auditions or rejections. Read more About Us, learn about YSP's unique Materials & Methods, find Upcoming Productions, and participate at YSP!

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An Unparalleled Summer Season

YSP has a splendid summer ahead! First, we'll produce the magnificent two-day full Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.In the second, later-summer slot will be a full-length, uncut version of Shakespeare's sparkling comedy, As You Like It!

Nicholas Nickleby Summer Performances

As You Like It

Many people have called As You Like It the most musical of all Shakespeare plays. It is also, quite simply, one of the most lively and sparkling. Did Shakespeare ever have more FUN (!!) writing anything? Consider just a few points: This play is filled with songs, including a procession of singing hunters! There’s a wedding masque led by the Roman god of marriage, Hymen. And, there’s an onstage wrestling match! As You Like It brings the highest of society’s nobility into the forest — where nobles and courtiers mix (and match!) with country folk. There are young lovers and older (sometimes troublemaking) lords, there are shepherds, dukes (two), and a wrestler! There are all kinds of very different clowns — an irreverently energetic one (Touchstone), a hopelessly melancholic one (Jaques), a wisely rustic one, and a country couple.

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Richard DiPrima explains what a YSP play looks like. Footage from a production of The Tempest,
video by Brad Parkel.