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Shakespeare Festival

Featuring soliloquies, small scenes and large ensemble pieces, this day-long celebration of the Bard's work serves as a forum for high school students to share their work with peers from across the region. The morning will be filled with performances; and the afternoon will consist of performance-based workshops, including a stage combat session led by Paul Miller, who ran Greenville High School's Shakespeare Festival for more than two decades.

Four area schools will present their work between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the William A. Robinson Theater. This morning performance block is free and open to the public. Audience members may come and go between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., but doors to the stage will only be opened during breaks between individual high school performances.

A number of Thiel Students will also participate in the event reading excerpts of contemporary plays thematically linked to Shakespeare's canon (e.g. Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) as well as self-authored soliloquies during brief intermissions between each participating school.

The day is capped with a campus tour and an awards ceremony and reception. Dr Jared Johnson, Dr Michael Balas, Allen Morril and Heather Balas will serve as respondents for the high school productions and will distribute awards at the festival's conclusion.


Dr. Pete Rydberg