The mission of the Shakespeare Alive! educational outreach program is to promote active engagement with the works of William Shakespeare. By doing so, we hope to nurture respect for the power of language, encourage the examination of complex ideas, fire imaginations, and deepen understanding and tolerance for the richness of human experience.
Fresh off the heels of a successful fall tour of Romeo and Juliet, the ISF Touring Company brings its exciting and theatrical "guerrilla Shakespeare" approach to Shakespeare's beloved comedy, 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. As You Like It is a story of mistaken identity, love and adventure. Rosalind has been exiled from her uncle's court, and flees to the Forest of Arden disguised as a boy named Ganymede. It is in this magic forest that Ganymede meets and teaches Orlando how to woo Rosalind. The touring company is available to perform As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, or both!
The troupe is now booking performances for schools and community institutions for the Spring. The company tours on Fridays beginning March 21 and finished on May 2.
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
Tour Dates: March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2
Schedule (updated 2-13-2014):
April 11 from 10 am - 11:15 am - Olympia High School (Sponsor: Amanda Hapgood): As You Like It (with brief text/dialogue workshops to follow)
April 18 from 11:45 - 2 pm - Lincoln Correctional (Sponsor: Sherrin Fritzer): As You Like It (with acting workshops to follow)
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The Festival's Theatre for Young Audiences Productions are 45 minutes of family-friendly entertainment performed Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:00 am on the Ewing Manor grounds. Admission is FREE but we require a reservation. Please call the ticket office at (309) 438-2535 to make a reservation today!
See the performance schedule.
For more information on how you can support the Shakespeare Alive! educational outreach program, please contact Dick Folse at 309-438-8697.