'The Merry Wives of Windsor'

Ashland High School Theatre presents its November show, Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor," a fast-paced, colorful, Renaissance comedy of intrigue and misunderstandings.

When scheming for some fast cash, Sir John Falstaff attempts to seduce and swindle two Windsor merry wives: Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. When they put their heads together and compare his letters, they plan a practical joke or two to teach the knight a lesson.

But Mistress Ford's husband is a very jealous man and is pumping Falstaff for information of the affair. Meanwhile the Pages' daughter Anne is besieged by suitors, which adds to the hilarious consequences.

AHS presents this two-hour comedy with music, dance and lots of laughs.

Directed by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Tyrone Wilson, with a cast of 31, the show will play two weekends only: Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 5-7 and Nov. 12-14 at 7:30 p.m.

There will be one Sunday matinee on Nov. 15 at 2 p.m.

One special $5 preview show takes place Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Cast members are: Ford Murawski-Brown, Clementine von Radics, Zack Bohanna, Emma Harding, Aurelia Grierson, Iris Young, Rosalie Alspach, Lisa Werfel, Chris Rakestraw, Braedon Bell, Zach Miller, Nicholas Dake, Drew Starmer, Drew Woods, Torrie Hood, Jane Excell, Jazmine Dake, Tay Smith, Uriel Wolfe-Blank, Sierra Houk, Shay Astor, Erin Foley, Anika Rahlston, Crystal Ahlstrom, Holly Nienhaus, Maya Zundel and Katie Moeglein.

The stage manager is Dana Kossluk, who is assisted by Cassie Adams and Jesse Sharpe.

Doug Ham designed the set and served as technical director.

David Pederson supervised the building of the set as carpenter and assistant technical director.

AHS tech students built the set and run the show.

The costumes are designed by Emily Ehrlich-Inget and the lighting design is by OSF's Phil Shaw.

Audrey Flint is the choreographer and Chris Williams is the vocal director.

Todd Barton of OSF is the musical composer.

Tickets cost $5 for students and seniors, $10 general and $15 for reserved seats and may be purchased at www.showtix4u.com.

Reserved seats are available online only, but general and student/senior tickets may also be purchased in Ashland at Paddington Station, Tree House Books or Music Coop.

For more information, call 482-8771.

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