OGDEN, Utah –The fifth annual Celebrate Shakespeare! festival will feature “Twelfth Night," William Shakespeare's best loved comedy. A free performance in the Ogden High School Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. March 26, highlights a series of free public events between March 23 and April 8. No tickets are required.
The 75-minute performance by the Utah Shakespearean Festival Touring Group will conclude with a discussion between the audience and the actors, who play multiple roles in the abridged production. The Cedar City based group will also perform that morning for high school students, followed by discussion and student workshops.
This year's lecture focuses on the many remakes of Shakespeare's plays in a variety of formats. At 10 a.m. April 5, Stephen Francis, history teacher at Weber State University, will combine his expertise in British and Shakespearean history with a variety of film clips in his multimedia presentation, "Remaking Shakespeare: Cinema and Twentieth Century America."
New to the festival, the Ogden Drama Club will present "The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Town Women's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of Macbeth," a readers' theater satire, April 6 at 1 p.m. Both the lecture and the readers' theater will be held in the Stewart Library Special Collections. Period music by Duo Dolce will precede both the readers' theater performance and the evening performance by the touring group.
Four feature films round out this year's festival, shown in Special Collections at 1 p.m., and at the Weber County Main Library Auditorium at 7 p.m. The 1988 HBO production of "Macbeth" will be shown March 23; the 1996 production of "Twelfth Night" March 25; "West Side Story" (a 1961 remake of "Romeo and Juliet") April 7; and "Looking for Richard" (a 1998 remake of “Richard III") April 8.
Celebrate Shakespeare! is sponsored by the Friends of the Stewart Library in partnership with the Ogden School Foundation, the WSU English Department and Ogden High School. All events are free to the public.
The touring group, under the direction of Michael Don Bahr, draws professional actors from throughout the United States and performs annually throughout the West.
For WSU parking information, call 801-626 6975. For information about the high school performances and workshops, call Janis Vause at 801-625 8721. For information about events in Special Collections, call Linda Sillitoe at 801-626 7351. For information about the films at the Weber County Library, call Theron Stock at 801-626 6924.
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