Illinois Shakespeare Festival
Illinois Shakespeare Festival
Jump over the College navigation bar. The Snyder Companies

Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Ewing Lawn Ewing Courtyard Ewing Theatre


 2014 - 2015 School and Community Centers Tour


The ISF Touring Company brings its exciting and theatrical "guerrilla Shakespeare" approach to Shakespeare's great works: Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and As You Like It. Once again, 8 actors will play all the parts in a 40-minute abridgment that can adapt to any space and includes a lot of audience interaction. Let us know which show(s) your school would like to see.

The troupe is now booking performances for schools and community institutions for the Fall. The company tours on Fridays beginning October 10 and finishing on December 5.

Q & A session follows the show - students learn about the arts, theater, acting, Shakespeare, and college.

The cost is $200. Some schools are full-pay, some reduced-funding, and some we need to do for free. Tell us which you are when booking.

For more information and to book a show, please contact
Dick Folse at (309) 438-8697



October 23 - 25, 7 - 10:30 p.m.

See the Pantagraph Article.

$1 Juliet's Enchanted Courtyard

Fun for ALL Ages

  • "Not-So-Scary" stories with Halloween shadow puppets*
  • Make and Take autumn crafts
  • Glow-in-the-dark Halloween tattoos
  • Delicious treats like Popcorn balls and hot chocolate from Carl's Ice Cream will be available†
  • Tickets sold at the gate (cash only)
  • $1 per person

$6 Haunted Tour

Ages 10 and Up

  • 30-minute guided tour of the Haunted Grounds∆ (includes entry into Juliet's Enchanted Courtyard)
  • The Ghost of William Shakespeare will introduce you to some of his scariest characters!
  • The brave of heart will leave on tour every 15 minutes beginning at 7 p.m.
  • Space is limited to 20 people per tour.
  • Reservations may be made by calling (309) 438-2535
  • Tickets sold at the gate (cash only).
  • $6 per person - includes tour and courtyard fun.

Ewing Cultural Center, 48 Sunset Road in Bloomington, Illinois.
Parking is available at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1617 E Emerson St. Please cross into the property at the corner of Emerson St. and Towanda Ave.

Download Flyer


  • Special thanks to the students of the Regional Alternative School, the School of Theatre and Dance at Illinois State University, and the Ewing Cultural Center staff for their participation.
  • Special effects used in this program/event may include strobe lighting and loud sound and noise. Persons with conditions that can be aggravated by strobe lightning and loud noise should not attend this program/event. No pets or skates are allowed on the grounds of Ewing Cultural Center. If you need special accommodations to fully participate in this program/event, please contact the Illinois Shakespeare Festival at (309) 438-2535. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. An equal opportunity/ affirmative action university encouraging diversity. This document is available in alternative formats upon request.
  • * Michael Vetere from the Saturday Creative Drama program at Illinois State University presents "Not-So Scary" stories with Halloween shadow puppets.
  • ∆ Andy Park (The Quest Ensemble of Chicago), director of our 2013 production of Failure: A Love Story, returns to create this one-of-a-kind spooky Halloween spectacle!
  • † Not included in entry fee
  • Photo by Pete Guither; Pictured: Amanda Catania
  • Partially funded by a Harmon Arts Grant, Town of Normal


School of Theatre and Dance

Can't get enough great theatre? Visit the School of Theatre and Dance at Illinois State University to see what's next in Bloomington-Normal's performing arts scene.

Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes
Westhoff Theatre
October 23 – 25 and October 29 – 31, 7:30 p.m.
Matinees October 26 and November 1, 2:00 p.m.
In this uplifting 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, an Iraq War veteran tries to start a modeling career even as he is haunted by the ghost of a man he shot. In a second storyline, which gradually interweaves with the first, a woman runs an Internet forum for recovering drug addicts. According to a Variety review, "The play is a combination poem, prayer and app on how to cope in an age of uncertainty, speed and chaos. When cyber meets the real world, anger gives way to forgiveness and resistance becomes redemption; the heart of the play opens up and the waters flow freely."

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage
Center for the Performing Arts Theatre
November 6 – 8 and November 12 – 15, 7:30 p.m.
Matinee November 9, 2:00 p.m.
It's the 1930s when we first meet Vera Stark, an African-American maid to a white movie star, Gloria Mitchell, known as "America's little sweetie pie." Vera props up the neurotic Gloria even while she and her friends are looking to break into the movies. They know their options are limited to playing slaves, maids or mammies, but Vera captures a part — playing Gloria's maid in The Belle of New Orleans, a costume drama that becomes a classic. Seventy years later, an academic colloquium gathers to "deconstruct" her legacy, but by that time Vera has vanished. We see her only in clips from a 1973 talk show appearance and in a final coda in which she talks with Gloria during the making of their film. The Hollywood Reporter called the play "a quicksilver construction, blending disparate elements of genre parody, academic cant, broad humor, social comment and legitimate pathos while manipulating layers of irony, some blatant, others transparent, and still more downright subtle."

Fall Dance Concert
Westhoff Theatre
November 19 – 21, 7:30 p.m.
Matinee November 22, 2:00 p.m.
This year's fall dance concert will be held in the intimate space of our black box theater, giving audiences a chance to see close up the leaps, spins, kicks, tumbles and twirls of our talented dancers and choreographers.



wordpressFestival Stories

Interview with Illinois Shakespeare Festival Touring Company member Joey Banks
Illinois Shakespeare Festival Touring Company member Joey [...]
Interview with Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Kevin Rich
Smile Politely’s Mathew Green (MG) interviews Illinois [...]
Video: Fight director shines at Illinois Shakespeare Festival
The professor in Illinois State University's School of [...]

contact us
September - April Phone: 309-438-8974
May-August Phone: 309-438-2535
Box Office: 866-IL-SHAKE

Sign up for our email updates

theatre at ewing

Corner of Emerson St. and Towanda Avenue
48 Sunset Rd.
Bloomington, Illinois 61701

center for the performing arts

Corner of S. School St. and W. Beaufort St.
Illinois State University
462 W. Beaufort St.
Normal, Illinois 61761

2014-10-23T11:05:26.343-05:00 2014