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Bard to Go: Tossing on the Ocean

School Touring Dates: October 18, 25, November 1, and November 8 2019
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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. In line with Grand Valley’s Making Waves Initiative, Bard to Go features an all-new, water-themed production: Tossing on the Ocean. The production takes the audience on a sea-faring journey with Prospero, a powerful magician, and his assistant Ariel, a magical spirit with strange powers.  When Prospero and Ariel conjure a storm to shipwreck Prospero’s enemies, their magic spills over from their own play, The Tempest, and causes havoc for many of Shakespeare’s characters. This production includes scenes from The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Pericles, The Comedy of Errors, and The Merchant of Venice.

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 Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre on October 4 at 2 p.m. As always, there will also give be a free public performance to culminate the Shakespeare Festival on Saturday, November 2. This year, that public performance will be on the Allendale Campus in the Keller Black Box Theatre at 1 p.m. along with other closing festivities.

Bard to Go is part of the educational outreach programs incorporated into the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival. Last year’s production Bard to Go: Twelfth Night: performed at eight regional secondary schools. Additionally, Bard to Go performed at ArtPrize and as part of the biennial Shakespeare Festival Conference on Pedagogy and Performance.

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 Katherine Mayberry, Bard to Go producer by email at

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

Free Public Bard to Go Performances

Preview Performance October 11 at 2 p.m. 

Final public performance November 2 at 1 p.m. 
Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre
Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts Allendale Campus 

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