OGDEN, Utah – Everyone's invited to enjoy Shakespearean comedy performed by professionals, an interactive lecture and vintage films, as the Friends of the Stewart Library organization presents the sixth annual Celebrate Shakespeare! Festival, March 23 through April 7. All events are free to the public.
"The Taming of the Shrew," by William Shakespeare, will be performed by the Utah Shakespearean Touring Group, March 23, at 7:30 p.m., in the Ogden High School auditorium. Period music by Duo Dulce will precede the play.
The Touring Group will also perform and offer workshops for high school students earlier in the day, sponsored by the Friends in partnership with the Stewart Education Foundation, the Ogden School Foundation, the Weber County Main Library and Ogden High School.
Michael Don Bahr, education director for the Utah Shakespearean Festival, will describe his extensive experience in bringing Shakespeare's drama, fun and fisticuffs to the public. His interactive lecture, on April 5 at 10 a.m., is entitled, "Taming Shakespeare: Taking the 'Hard' Out of 'Bard,'" and will be given in the Stewart Library Special Collections on the Weber State University Ogden campus.
A 1967 feature film, "The Taming of the Shrew," starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, will be shown on March 28. Episodes of a BBC series, "Elizabeth R," starring Glenda Jackson, will be featured, with "The Marriage Game," on April 5, "Horrible Conspiracies," on April 6 and "The Enterprise of England," on April 7. Films will be shown at 1 p.m. in Special Collections and in the Weber County Main Library Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
For WSU parking information, call the InfoBooth at (801) 626 6975. For information about the high school performances, call Janis Vause, executive director of the Ogden School Foundation, at (801) 737 7307. For information about the Stewart Library events, contact Linda Sillitoe, special projects assistant, at (801) 626 7351.
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