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Bard to Go: What Mighty Magic

School Touring Dates: October 22, 29, and  November 5, 2021.
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This fall, the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival will once again offer performances of Bard to Go, a touring Shakespeare production that visits schools throughout West Michigan and beyond. Bard to Go: What Mighty Magic takes audiences on a tour of Shakespeare's magical scenes, with fairies, witches, ghosts, sprites, and a statue that comes to life. This production features scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, Macbeth, Hamlet, and The Winter's Tale. Bard to Go offers students a lively, fast-paced introduction to Shakespeare's language and stagecraft in a 50-minute program of scenes.

Bard to Go will tour Michigan secondary schools in October and early November. Additionally, Bard to Go will have a preview performance on the Allendale Campus in the Louis Armstrong Theatre on October 18 at 5:30 p.m. As always, there will also give be a free public performance on Saturday, November 6. This year, that public performance will be on the Allendale Campus in the Grand River Room. Due to COVID-19, performers will be wearing masks, and audience members are also required to wear masks and to maintain social distance. Additionally, all audience members will be required to complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment. 

Over the past seasons, Bard to Go has been performing all over the world: the Bahamas for the Shakespeare in Paradise festival in Nassau (2017 and 2012); Santo Domingo Dominican Republic (spring 2017); Madison, Wisconsin and Valparaiso, Indiana (2015); Prague, Czech Republic, where they participated at Shakespeare Prague, and Rapallo, Italy during spring break (2014); the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia (2013 and 2014); Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (2010); Italy for the Sapperlot Festival of Youth Theatre (2009); China (2008); and Jamaica (2006). Come see the production that has been traveling the world.

For information on scheduling school performances, contact Jim Bell, Bard to Go producer by email at bellja@gvsu.edu

Online Registration is Open!

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​​​​​​​Free Public Bard to Go Performances

Free Public Bard to Go Performances

Preview Performance October 18 at 5:30 p.m. 
Louis Armstrong Theatre
Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts Allendale Campus

Final public performance November 6 at 2 p.m. 
Grand River Room
Kirkhof Center for Performing Arts Allendale Campus 

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