NCShakes announces 36th season
The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival will mark its 36th season with two productions at the High Point Theatre, a new summer youth theater program and, for the first time, a year-round education tour of schools throughout the state.
NCShakes will present “Macbeth,” Shakespeare’s shortest and most action-driven tragedy, from Sept, 6-29. The play will be directed by Steve Umberger, who previously helmed last season’s “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Tempest” in 2010. Tickets for “Macbeth” will go on sale July 8 at the High Point Theatre box office and highpointtheatre.com.
NCShakes president and CEO Wil Elder said that the festival will expand its Shakespeare To Go program because of new corporate sponsorships and a dramatic increase in demand. This year the To Go tour will present adaptations of “The Comedy of Errors” and “Hamlet.”
“The new state common core education standards that require teaching Shakespeare in every high school grand went into effect this school year,” Elder said. “So now Shakespeare To Go, an already highly regarded program, is more critical than ever. Every day NCShakes fields phone calls and emails from educators who are hungry for the tools they need to bring Shakespeare to life for their students. Thanks to the visionary support of our sponsors, our teaching artist can double the number of student, educators and communities served each year.”
Prior to this season, Shakespeare To Go toured North Carolina schools, libraries and community centers during the spring semester only. THe spring tour has sold out for the past two years, reaching between 20,000 and 30,000 students each year.
Additionally, NCShakes’ Outreach & Education division will introduce a free summer youth theater for students ages 13-18. Auditions for the youth theater production of Dracula will be held June 29, and performances are Aug. 1-2 at NCShakes’ Spirit Center headquarters in High Point.
NCShakes will hold local auditions for professional cast members later this month. Community auditions for “A Christmas Carol” are typically held in October. All auditions will be announced publicly and posted on the organization’s website, ncshakes.org.