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Our 2016 Shakespeare production will be Measure for Measure! Please click here to go to our webpage.
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Accomplished scholar, writer, and educator Dr. Phyllis Rackin offers the 2016 Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival Keynote Address.
Dr. Rackin's presentation, Measure for Measure: Then and Now, promises to be both an enjoyable and enlightening way to spend the afternoon. Her Address is also free and open to the public and a Festival Sponsored Event. LIB 100 and LIB 201 Approved.
Free Public Presentation
October 7.....................................4 p.m. Cook DeWitt Center, Allendale Campus. Reception preceding the presentation, 3 p.m.
LIB100 and LIB201 approved
And come and see our Greenshow's presentation The Knight of the Burning Pestle by Francis Beaumont & John Fletcher, Thursday, October 6 at 4:30pm by the Zumberge Pond and Oct. 7 at 3:15pm in Cook-DeWitt.
Cast members are:
Citizen - Ian Beek
Damsel - Alex Coy
Ralph - Clyde Declouet
Wife - Rachel Moore
Speaker of the Prologue - Henry Morris
Tim - Nick Shammas
Barbarosa - Griffin Sheridan
And our touring show, Bard To Go, will perform a free show at the Loosemore Auditorium on October 29 at 1pm! Admission is free! This replaces the November 5 performance cancelled due to conflicts!
Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival’s presents
Measure for Measure
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Roger Ellis
September 30 - October 9, 2016
Shakespeare’s darkest comedy tackles the twin evils of power and corruption with outrageous humor, giving hope to the hopeless and courage to the powerless.
His city caught in a moral free-fall, the Duke of Vienna hands over power to Lord Angelo, who enforces long-dormant codes of chastity with zealous fervor. When a pious young nun pleads for the life of her condemned brother, Angelo’s response is surprisingly sensual—revealing a web of desire, deception and hypocrisy that infects every corner of society.
September 30*, October 1*, 6** & 7 . . . . . . 7:30 p.m.
October 2*, 8 & 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:00 p.m.
October 3, 4 & 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m.***
*Great Laker Weekend
**Sign language interpretation available.
***High school performances only.
For tickets call the Louis Armstrong Theatre Box Office at 616-331-2300 or purchase them through Startickets at http://startickets.com/events/item/measure-for-measure
Adults $14.00, Alumni/Seniors/Faculty/Staff $12.00, Students/groups $6.00
Tickets at the door are $1.00 additional. Tickets are all reserved seating.
*High and middle school performances are available to schools only. Tickets for students and chaperones are $2.50 and include the performance and a box lunch. For more information or questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and seating is limited in the Louis Armstrong Theatre so don't delay!
*Watch this site for more details on:
- Bard To Go: Macbeth touring performances to area high and middle schools\
- Guest Scholar-in-Residence and our bi-annual conference Keynote Speaker: Phyllis Rankin
- Conference for teachers and Shakespeare scholars: Pedagogy & Performance, October 7 & 8: http://www.gvsu.edu/cms4/asset/AFE45DA6-04DB-F27F-28CEC7DBE66738E5/shakespeare_2016_conference.jpg
- Our annual student Shakespeare competition awards November 5 at the Loosemore Auditorium
- Our Greenshow performances in conjunction with the Shakespeare Festival and Grand Valley's Renaissance Festival
Please plan on attending our bi-annual Shakespeare Festival Conference, October 7 - 9, 2016. More information forthcoming! Please click here to read more!
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Conference attendees will receive a ticket to see Pigeon Creek's performance of The Tempest. The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, a touring company based in West Michigan, will present The Tempest as part of this year's Shakespeare Festival Conference. Click here to see the poster!
The Tempest follows the adventures of Prospero, a powerful magician who was stranded on on island with his young daughter 12 years before the play's action begins. When a ship carrying his enemies passes close to the island, Prospero uses his magic to shipwreck the passengers in the island with him. Pigeon Creek's production was nominated for a Wilde Award (the awards for professional theatre in the state of Michigan) for best Shakespearean production in the 2015-2016 season, and actor Scott Lange was also nominated for his performance as Ariel, Prospero's magical spirit servant. Sue Merrell, writing for Encore Michigan, says "Director Katherine Mayberry has created a masterful, fast-paced interpretation of Shakespeare’s final play."
Brian Russell Webb - Guest artist
Read the latest Shakespeare Festival newsletter by clicking here!
We are a semi-professional Shakespeare Festival organized in Michigan and located on the campus of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, about twenty minutes west of Grand Rapids. We've operated annually since 1993. We are Michigan's oldest and largest Shakespeare Festival.
More than 6,000 patrons attend our Festival activities each season, which include mainstage performances of the Bard's works, high school touring shows, workshops, new plays projects, symposia with visiting scholars, an all-campus student art competition, a Renaissance Festival, and other events.
Our productions are cast from a pool of students, community actors, and guest professionals; union artists are engaged under guest artist contracts administered by the Actors Equity Association. Our Festival company operates from mid-August through early November, producing public events starting in late September. By beginning our season in the late summer and early fall, we successfully merge quality productions with the academic life of the University community.
Our Festival maintains strong connections with national Shakespeare activity in several ways. Prominent Shakespeare practitioners are invited from around the nation and overseas who conduct panels, offer public presentations of their work, and visit literature and production classes on our campus. Guest artists are nationally recruited through regional professional auditions. All productions are adjudicated by members of the Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival (KC-ACTF). And the Shakespeare Festival is an active member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America (STAA). Faculty, staff and students regularly attend conferences, competitions, workshops and panels held by the SSTA and KC-ACTF.
The Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival is closely integrated with the University's training program in Theatre Arts. Festival is organized by members of the University faculty and staff, who strive to involve their students with all aspects of Festival planning and operation: management, production, fundraising, public relations, acting, design, budgeting and other areas. Each season the faculty and staff also strive to connect Festival activities to important areas of University life outside of dramatic arts: cinema, multicultural affairs, music, philanthropy and public service, alumni, dance, and communications, among others.
1994 - A Midsummer Night’s Dream
1995 - Romeo and Juliet
1996 - Twelfth Night
1997 - As You Like It
1998 - Much Ado About Nothing
1999 - Macbeth
2000 - Comedy of Errors
2001 - The Tempest
2002 - The Merchant of Venice
2003 - King Henry IV, part one
2004 - Measure for Measure
2005 - Hamlet
2006 - Love’s Labour’s Lost
2007 - Cymbeline
2008 - A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2009 - Romeo and Juliet
2010 - As You Like It
2011 - Twelfth Night
2012 - Richard III
2013 -Much Ado About Nothing
2014 – Comedy of Errors
2015 - All's Well That Ends Well
2016 - Measure for Measure
Our Mission: The Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival explores and celebrates Shakespeare and his culture for the West Michigan community and beyond through theatre and education.
New Shakespeare Festival Honorary Board Inaugurated
As part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the GVSU Shakespeare Festival, the organizing committee appointed an Honorary Board comprised of some of West Michigan’s most ardent supporters of the arts and of community development. Their aim will be to propel the Festival toward even greater excellence, to strengthen the connection of the Festival to the larger community, and to help the Festival extend its reach to new audiences.
The Board’s 11 members were invited to meet at a reception held before the opening night performance on Much Ado About Nothing. Costumed students greeted the Board while members of the organizing committee treated them to the Cyril Lixenberg exhibit in the University Gallery as well as a pre-show talk by dramaturg Professor Jo Miller (English Department).
Members of the Honorary Board are:
Betty Burton, Tim Cusack, Gilbert Davis, Patricia Davis, Shelley Irwin, Don Lubbers, Nancy Lubbers, Laura Salazar, Ruth Stegeman, Bruce Tinker, Wendy Wenner
The Shakespeare Festival organizing committee is excited to have this valuable additional human resource to provide insight and input to our planning and audience development activities. Their service to the Shakespeare festival and GVSU twice blessed!
Click on the following links to find more information about other GVSU opportunities:
ReACT! The Peer Theatre Group
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