Students collaborating on annual spring spectacle of Shakespeare

Sunday, May 1, 2016

DePauw University Theatre's 2015-16 season will close with the annual Spring Spectacle of Shakespeare on Saturday, May 7 in Moore Theatre within the Green Center for the Performing Arts.

The festival marks the end of a semester-long, intensive program between DePauw, Shakespeare & Company and six Putnam County middle and high schools to produce three of Shakespeare's plays.

This year's festival is under the direction of Gigi Jennewein, part-time assistant professor of communication and theater, and assistant student director Alison Howard.

Greencastle Middle and High School students will perform "The Tempest" at 1 p.m.

One of Shakespeare's great comedies, "The Tempest" is set on a remote island, where Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter, Miranda, to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. DePauw students Annie Remack, Sarah Shwomeyer, Drew Smith and Kate Whalley direct the play.

North Putnam Middle and High School students will perform "The Comedy of Errors" at 3 p.m.

Two sets of identical twins who were accidentally separated at birth is the focus of this play, one of Shakespeare's most farcical comedies. Students are under the direction of DePauw students Jerica Bean, Dustin McCarver, Angelica Ortiz and Erin Wiemels.

Finally, Cloverdale Middle and High School students will perform "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at 5 p.m.

One of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, "Dream" takes place in mythical Athens and an enchanted forest where there is a handsome fairy king, a misguided parent, star-crossed lovers, a weaver who's transformed into a half-donkey, wood sprites and elves. DePauw students Nora Chapin-Epperts, Claire Peacha, Gage Mascoe and Laurel O'Rourke direct the show.

Tickets for each performance are $3 for students and $7 for general audiences. Festival passes are also available, providing access to all three shows. Passes are $7 for students and $15 for general audiences.

Tickets are available online at The box office will be open one hour prior to the performances.

The program is founded upon the principles of the nationally recognized and award-winning program created by Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass.

DePauw students are trained to work with youth and teach Shakespeare's material in an accessible way through theatre games and acting out the text. Participants from county schools learn to use their voices and bodies to experience Shakespeare's text in a way that traditional analysis doesn't provide.

For more information about the Spring Spectacle of Shakespeare, persons may contact Professor Jennewein at or 658-4168.

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