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Newly appointed scenic charge artist Becky Holmes does scene work for Chautauqua Theater Company’s set of As You Like It on Monday afternoon. Photo by Michelle Kanaar.

CTC production staff ponders ‘As You Like It’ details

“We are cutting down trees today,” said Chautauqua Theater Company technical director Jonathan Zencheck at the final production meeting for this week’s production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

As You Like It is set both in a court and in the Forest of Arden, and the production staff — 20 or so individuals who work to produce CTC’s shows — sees the forest for the trees.

The trees Zencheck and the scenic department cut down for the set — with landowners’ permission — from streets in Chautauqua County have specific requirements. Two must be climbable, they must be of a certain height and heft, some sides must be smooth so costumes won’t rip, and the props department must be able to attach leaves to them later.

Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It previews at 8 p.m. Friday and opens at 6 p.m. Saturday in Bratton Theater and runs through Aug. 17. The twist on the classic is that As You Like It will be set in the 1930s, with a bar for a court that melds into the Forest of Arden.

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3 more CTC leaders to present for CWC series

Chautauqua Theater Company’s website lists in white print on a dark background the names and positions of senior staff members Candace Hemphill, company manager; Katie McCreary, production manager; and Jenn Rae Moore, production stage manager.

This afternoon at the 1 p.m. Chautauqua Professional Women’s Network presentation in the Chautauqua Women’s Club Clubhouse, three dynamic young women will, like a colorful pop-up, bring that white print to life. They will conclude the series “Leaders in the Arts: Behind the Scenes at Chautauqua Theater Company, Part II.”

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Chautauqua Theater Company crew members move the bathroom floor onto the set for Fifty Ways. Photo by Eric Shea.

Production team breathes life into ‘Fifty Ways’

The production staff for Fifty Ways is robustly discussing vomit: the consistency, the clean-up, the optimal look. When the script calls for vomit, the production team delivers.

Each production detail for the world premiere of Fifty Ways takes a discussion to perfect.

Fifty Ways debuts at 8 p.m. Friday in Bratton Theater and officially opens at 6 p.m. Saturday in Bratton Theater and runs through July 29. It is Chautauqua Theater Company’s first-ever world premiere — the middle production in a month of new work from CTC — but it is the third play the company has produced by playwright Kate Fodor.

The Chautauqua Play Commission, created by CTC and the Writers’ Center, granted Fodor the funds to write. The play’s title yields from the Paul Simon song “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover” and follows one couple, played by CTC Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch and Guest Artist Actor Michael Gaston, in the throes of the later years of marriage.

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