For the first time in recent Lakes history, the theater department brought the audience onto the stage with our actors. Eagle Theatre presented William Shakespeare’s As You Like It as the play for this past fall season. Instead of sitting in the normal auditorium seats, the audience sat surrounding ¾ of the stage and were able to see the action closer than ever before. Audience members were fully immersed in the enchanted Forest of Arden thanks to the live music, audience participation, and haikus written by audience members themselves being read in the show. A group of over 60 students came together to perform, build, and design this production. Rehearsals involved translating Shakespeare’s original writing, cast bonding, and collaborative effort between the actors, directing, and management teams. Technical builds consisted of hanging lights, putting costumes together, and constructing the risers for the audience to sit. All together, we are so proud of the work we’ve done and look forward to our next production: our musical Spelling Bee presented in early March.