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Great Lakes Theater will bring Shakespeare to thousands of students.
* In schools: GLT Actor-Teachers will visit about 100 schools, comprising over 15,000 students, to engage students in acting out Shakespeare. Actors will provide scripts, props and costumes. Sword fighting included. Once kids are on their feet, old Billy Shakespeare comes alive! It's all about who wants what.
* Busloads of students to visit the theater. The younger generations will see Hamlet in March, performed at Playhouse Square thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts's program, Shakespeare in American Communities. The $1 million in grants has been distributed to 40 professional theater companies across the country.
Quire Cleveland. Voice is a musical instrument. Quire is superb in its presentations of historic vocal music. Ross Duffin, the director, presented the music of Shakespeare's plays last summer at the Cleveland Public Library. Duffin authored a book about music intertwined with Shakespeare's plays and offered a CD of selections. Quire invites you to it's four concerts this season. They are free! Look for QuireCleveland.org
Shakespeare Seminar presentations were made in 2016 to ESU-Cleveland by our friends:
* Ohio Shakespeare Festival OSF recently found a permanent home at Greystone Hall, previous home of Actors' Summit, in Akron. Also performs summers at Stan Hywet Hall.
* Shakespeare at the Castle (University of Mount Union)
* Oberlin Drama at Grafton Correctional Center
* Actors' Summit Theater Closing the curtain on 17 seasons upon the retirement of the husband-and-wife leaders, Neil Thackaberry and MaryJo Alexander. Need scripts? The collection is available at Half Price Books, Mayfield Heights.)
Cleveland Public Library locally hosted the national tour of Shakespeare's First Folio. Photos of the Cleveland event will be displayed at the Folger Institute in Washington DC in November-December 2016.
Maureen Dowd, political humorist, loves Shakespeare. "I studied Shakespeare in college." At times she refers to the Bard's themes when she writes about who is doing what to whom in Washington.
The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.
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