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Elko Theatre Coalition Opens As You Like It

Local Arts Collaboration Brings Shakespeare's Comedy to GBC Stage!

ETC presents As You Like It.The Elko Theatre Coalition continues its inaugural season with William Shakespeare’s, As You Like It, August 4-6 and 11-13 at 7:30 PM at the Great Basin College Theatre. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.

As You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s most delightful romantic comedies, following Rosalind as she runs from persecution in her uncle’s court. She and her cousin Celia find safety and love in the Forest of Arden, and along the way meet a wonderful cast of characters. Gender bending, mistaken identities and comic buffoonery weave an enchanting story for the entire family to enjoy.

The production is directed by Andrew Dolberg, who has set the story in a forest inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “Undergrowth with Two Figures.” Dolberg was deliberate in choosing the painting as the context for his production. “My main reason for choosing Van Gogh’s work as a lens for the play lies in one of Shakespeare’s greatest characters, the melancholy Jacques. In my head, he is one in the same with Van Gogh, feeling everything so deeply, but being incapable of truly being a part of the world around him.”

The Elko Theatre Coalition is a collaborative effort of Elko Overland Stage, Ghost Light Productions, Great Basin College Theatre Program and Silver Stage Players. According to GBC Theatre Program Director John Patrick Rice, the Coalition combines the talents and resources of Elko’s four theatre companies. “Live theatre has always been an important part of Elko’s cultural history. We are very excited to adding live theatre Elko’s summer”, he said.

Included in the cast are Bridgette Gilboy, Tyler Borwn, Ursula Stanton, Michael Dutton, Meghans Jonas, Paul Gregory, Nick Cdebaca, Ian Montgomery, Albert Harmer, Kodi Goddard, Lane Dolberg, Ryan Christensen, Matt Montgomery, Laura Jund, Julianne Galligan, Tan Li, John Sampaga, Tanya Leader, Rebecca Stanton and Kendall Thomas.

Please contact the Elko Theatre Coalition at with any questions.

Who We Are and What We Do!

The Great Basin College Theater Program has been transforming the American Theatre Experience since 1996. As part of the Great Basin College Arts and Letters Department, students and faculty join together for enlightened experiences of fine arts, humanities, English, foreign language and communication. The programs are critical components of every academic and training degree program offered by the college.

GBC Theatre offers courses in acting, oral interpretation, stage voice, movement for the stage, theatre technology, dramatic analysis and more. Special Topic courses are added to the schedule regularly, generally taking advantage of the specific skills GBC Theatre’s many guest artists and instructors can provide. In the past, courses in playwrighting, armature, effects makeup, Suzuki Movement Training, stage combat and comedy improv have been offered.

As the mission of Great Basin College has expanded, so has its reach. The college service area now includes more than half of Nevada’s seventeen counties, covers 80% of Nevada’s geographical area, and serves five percent of the state’s total population. It’s a big state, and Great Basin College intends to educate it. Using state of the art distance learning technologies, students in even the furthest reaches of Nevada will have equitable access to the opportunities higher education has been providing to their urban counterparts for decades. It requires fierce commitment from the college and creates a tremendous opportunity for the entire state of Nevada.

GBC theatre now offers almost all of its courses using distance-learning technologies. By combining traditional theatre teaching techniques with advanced technologies, students are accessing a learning experience with seasoned theatre professionals that heretofore had not even been conceived. And, what’s more, they are being prepared for the theatre of today. Added to other fine arts and humanities courses already offered with distance technologies, and it is easy understand why Great Basin College is recognized as one of the most efficient and innovative colleges in the state.




For More Information Contact

John Patrick Rice Ph.D.
Director of Theatre
Great Basin College
Phone: 775-753-2240

Why Great Basin College

Great Basin College wants to be your choice for higher education. GBC offers associate and baccalaureate level instruction in career and technical education and academic areas. About 3,800 students are enrolled online from across the country and on campuses and centers across 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada’s largest counties. We border Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California. We are GBC!

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