USF Tour of "The Taming of the Shrew" at CSN Feb. 3-14
DTour2014-3626: A scene from the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare-in-the-Schools touring production of The Taming of the Shrew. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014.)
The Utah Shakespeare Festival is hitting the road with its Shakespeare-in-the-Schools touring production of The Taming of the Shrew and is coming to Las Vegas as part of the College of Southern Nevada’s SchoolFest 2014.
There will be 10 performances for over 3,900 area high school students from Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City. The seventy-five minute production features a follow-up discussion, allowing the audience to ask questions of the actors and technicians. The tour also includes three workshops shortly following each performance featuring stage combat, improvisation, and Shakespeare’s text. The performances and workshops for the students will be held from February 3–7 and February 10–14.
There will also be two community performances at the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre, Friday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on Saturday, February 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.
Tickets may be purchased by calling 702-651-LIVE (5483). The workshops and performances are sponsored by the College of Southern Nevada Performing Arts Center.
In its 20th year, the Utah Shakespeare Festival will take its Shakespeare-in-the-Schools touring production of The Taming of the Shrew to more than 25,000 students in three western states. From January to April, the tour will spend 13 weeks on the road visiting schools, community centers, and correctional facilities across Utah, Nevada, and Arizona with over 65 performances for 150 schools.
The Taming of the Shrew takes on a gypsy carnival twist in this fast paced, slapstick comedy. The story ignites the fire for a classic battle-of-the-sexes challenge between two stubborn and shrewish individuals. The sweet Bianca wishes to marry, but Kate, her older unruly sister, must marry first. Rising to the challenge is fortune-seeking Petruchio, but can he match Kate wit for wit? The couple bickers and fights with each other right up to the play’s surprising conclusion.
“Schools and communities are going to love this highly energetic production,” said Education Director Michael Bahr. “It is accessible, relevant and dynamic! A perfect vehicle for introducing audiences to this compelling story.”
Professionals from all over the country will perform in this production of The Taming of the Shrew. This ten-person group serves as both the acting company and the support crew with seven actors, a company manager, a stage manager, and a technical director.
The Utah Shakespeare Festival’s production of The Taming of the Shrew is part of Shakespeare in American Communities: Shakespeare for a New Generation, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Taming of the Shrew is funded in part by the Utah State Office of Education, UBS Bank, Mountain America Credit Union, and Mountain West Small Business Finance.
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