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.
Students from five area high schools are participating in the 2nd Intercity High School Shakespeare Project. Abridged versions of Romeo and Juliet and As You Like It will be performed on January 31 and February 1 at University High School. The project is directed by Cristen Monson.
*The cast should attend the script distribution and read through on Sunday December 15 from 4-6 pm in Illinois State University's Centennial West, Room 214.
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo - Jake Stille (Normal Community)
Montague - Ricky Orr (U-High)
Juliet - Emily Rodriguez (U-High)
Capulet - Jacob Mattia (U-High)
Friar - Cole Hampton (Normal West)
Mercutio - J.C. Courtad (Normal West)
Apothecary - Hannah Lovell (Bloomington)
Nurse - Samantha Wetzel (Normal West)
Tybalt - Nick Clark (Central Catholic)
Benvolio - Alexys Ogorek (Normal Community)
Lady Capulet - Becky Taber (Central Catholic)
Second Friar - Isabel Dawson (U-High)
Prince - Kyle Aschbrenner (Normal Community)
Paris - Jacob Susina (U-High)
Catriona Kim - (U-High) Guitar Soloist at party
Ella White - (Normal West) (Lady Capulet Understudy)
Katelin Dirr - (Normal Community) (Nurse Understudy)
Katelynn Shennett - (Normal Community) (Juliet Understudy)
Natalie Lade - (U-High) (Benvolio/Tybalt Understudy)
As You Like It
Le Beau - Ella White (Normal West)
Phebe - Samantha Wetzel (Normal Community)
Rosalind - Katelynn Shennett (Normal Community)
Duke Frederick - Jacob Susina (U High)
Duke Senior - Kyle Aschbrenner (Normal Community)
Adam - Natalie Lade (U-High)
Jaques de Boys - Alexys Ogorek (Normal Community)
Celia - Katelin Dirr (Normal Community)
Orlando - Cole Hampton (Normal West)
Oliver - .Jacob Mattia (U-High)
Jaques - Becky Taber (Central Catholic)
Amiens - Isabel Dawson (U-High)
Silvius - Nick Clark (Central Catholic)
Ensemble/People in the Forrest/Court
Ricky Orr – (U-High) Understudy Duke Frederick/Duke Senior
Jake Stille – (Normal Community) Understudy Orlando
Emily Rodriguez – (U-High) Understudy Celia
J.C Courtad – (Normal West) Understudy Oliver
Hannah Lovell – (Bloomington) Understudy Adam
Catriona Kim – (U-High) Guitar soloist
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.