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Allison Staley ACF Abstract FY12

"Bard to Go-Traveling Theatre as a Cultural Connector"

Conference Name: Shakespeare in Paradise Festival

The Grand Valley State University theatre program would like to offer
a production of Bard to Go, the touring Shakespearean theatre program, abroad, at the Shakespeare in Paradise Festival,which they have been invited to. A 6 day visit to Nassau, the Bahamas, in order to promote a cultural and educational communication in the area of theatre. As a part of this cultural conversation the student players would perform "Lovestruck" a 50-minute professional-quality touring play comprised of various Shakespearean scenes based on the theme of magical enchantment; this piece is the 2011 Bard to Go production of the Grand Valley Shakespearean Festival, and will play to over 1200 students in Michigan in the fall of 2011. As part of this exchange we will be videotaping our experience. The videographer is a film and video major at Grand Valley and this project is going to be here senior film project. Based on our experience with previous international tours, we hope to offer approximately three performances in local secondary schools, and two performances at the Festival. In addition to these performances, the 8 students who would be traveling on this exchange would be interested in participating in the Festival activities, including workshops and viewing international theatre productions. This is an invaluable educational experience that will greatly enhance the knowledge and communication skills of all the students involved.