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Grove-Chesapeake performances, June 23-27; Norfolk performances, July 1-2

Top, from left: Logan Bennett, Larry Von Nostrand, Amber Wood, Charlie Conover, Grace Earley; bottom, Justin Vietinghoft, Cheryl Ramsey

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (June 14, 2010) – Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy about the many dimensions of love comes to life during this year’s Shakespeare in the Grove production of As You Like It, presented by Tidewater Community College’s Theatre Department

The play follows its heroine, Rosalind, as she flees persecution in her uncle's court, accompanied by her cousin Celia and Touchstone, the court jester, to find safety and eventually love in the Forest of Arden.

Featuring one of Shakespeare's most famous and oft-quoted speeches, "All the world's a stage," As You Like It is the origin of the phrase "too much of a good thing." The production, with a 1960s take and tunes to fit the era, includes an array of unique characters garnished with buffoonery, philosophy, romance and a dash of the supernatural.

Presented at both the TCC Chesapeake Campus’s outdoor theatre at the corner of Bells Mill and Cedar roads and the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center in downtown Norfolk, all As You Like It performances are free and reservations are not needed. Outdoor play-goers are encouraged to arrive early with lawn chairs and blankets. Hot dogs, hamburgers and other light fare will be sold, but picnic baskets are welcome as well.

It’s “first-come, first seated” in the grove for an evening of Shakespeare magic under the twinkling summer stars.

Performances will run as follows:

  • Outdoor theatre on the Chesapeake Campus – 8 p.m., June 23-27
  • TCC Roper Performing Arts Center in downtown Norfolk – 8 p.m., July 1-2

For more information call TCC Theatre, 822-5219, or TCC’s Information Center, 822-1122. For directions, see


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - will serve a projected 46,000 students in 2009-10. The 15th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System. The college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit