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.
Listen to the Illinois Shakespeare Festival's outreach program Bard on the Air. Each show provides entertainment based on Shakespeare's work in a fun, accessible format. The program is partially funded through a Mirza Arts Grant from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation.
Romeo and Juliet in forty minutes
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival Shakespeare Alive! Troupe is bringing 40-minute Shakespearean abridgements to the community. The first offering is Romeo and Juliet. The troupe is now booking performances for schools and community institutions for the Fall.
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: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, December 6
Schedule (updated 10-11-2013):
Normal Community West High School - November 1 from 12:40 pm - 1:35 pm (Sponsor: Nicole Smith)
Kingsley Junior high School - November 1 from 3:15 pm - 4:05 pm (Sponsor: Candy Wehmeyer Wood)
Thomas Metcalf School - November 8 from 11:15 am - 12:05 pm (Sponsor: Peggy Finnegan)
Bloomington High School - November 15 from 1:20 pm - 2:15 pm (Sponsor Susan Cortesi)
Bloomington Junior High School - December 6 from 8:05 am -8:55 am for 6th grade, 9:00 am -9:45 am for 7th grade, and 9:50 am -10:25 am for 8th grade (Sponsor: Mary Passini)
University High School - December 6 from noon - 12:50 pm (Sponsor: Ben Webb)
To Thine Own Self Be True was a production of the Cultural Expressions Project. The project presented socially and youth-relevant stories intermixed with Shakespearean scenes and monologues. The production was seen by more than a two thousand youth in 2010 and 2011.
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.