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High school performers to take stage at Thiel College Shakespeare Festival


GREENVILLE, Pa.—The Third Annual High School Shakespeare Festival at Thiel College will be held Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 at the William A. Robinson Theater.

The festival is a day-long celebration of William Shakespeare’s work and features soliloquies, small scenes, and large ensemble pieces from eight participating high schools.

High school students will present their work from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., break for lunch, and then have a performance block followed by workshops in the afternoon. The day’s events are free and open to the public. Audience members may come and go throughout the day, but stage access is limited to the breaks between individual high school performances.

“We are thrilled to host schools from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia at our Third Annual High School Shakespeare Festival. We look forward to once again providing an opportunity for young thespians and Shakespeare aficionados to come together to celebrate the Bard’s artistic legacy,” Assistant Professor of Performing Arts and Director of the Thiel Players Pete Rydberg, Ph.D., said. “This year’s event includes a new twist on Shakespeare’s works that was inspired by a galaxy far, far away and should resonate very well with contemporary young audiences.”

A campus tour, awards ceremony and reception cap the day. Thiel College faculty and staff serve as respondents for the high school productions and will distribute awards at the festival’s conclusion.

For more information, contact Rydberg at 724-589-2029.

About Thiel College

Thiel College is a private liberal arts institution founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2016 and remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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