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Celebrate Shakespeare! Festival Features Free Performance, Workshops and Films
Monday, March 11, 2002

OGDEN, Utah – Magical enchantment will hinder a young couple’s romance when the
Utah Shakespearean Festival’s touring group performs A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Ogden High School Auditorium, Wednesday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m.

“This play is performed as [William] Shakespeare intended,” said Michael Bahr, education director for the Cedar City festival, “not boring words on a page, but living, breathing drama.” The comedy has been adapted with a ten-member cast and crew, and includes costumes, sets and lights. Musica Antiqua will perform period music prior to the play.

The free performance is open to the public and highlights the Third Annual Celebrate Shakespeare! festival, sponsored by the Friends of the Stewart Library, the Stewart Education Foundation, the Ogden School Foundation, the Ogden School District and the Diana S. Ellis Foundation. No tickets are necessary.

Earlier in the day, the touring group will present a matinee performance at the high school, followed by workshops on stage combat, developing a character through improvisation and working Shakespearean text. After each performance, the actors will conduct a fifteen-minute discussion with the audience.

Beginning March 18, the Friends of the Stewart Library will offer free films, all at 1 p.m., in Special Collections, where light refreshments will be served. For parking
information, call the Information Booth at (801) 626-6975.
Film schedule:

March 18: Meeting of Minds, with Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows, is an acclaimed PBS documentary that brings together Shakespeare and several of his characters to confront major themes of passion, jealousy, genius and vengeance.

March 25: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with Michelle Pfeiffer, Kevin Kline Calista Flockhart, Stanley Tucci and Rupert Everett.

March 27: Othello (rated R), with Laurence Fishburne, Kenneth Branagh and Irene Jacob.

April 8: Shakespeare in Love (rated R), with Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes.

April 10: Romeo and Juliet, with Claire Daines and Leonardo DiCaprio

April 12: Twelfth Night, with Helena Bonham Carter, Richard E. Grant and Ben Kingsley.
Additional Contact(s): Linda Sillitoe, public outreach coordinator
(801) 626-7351

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