Shakespeare at the Castle to Take Place in July

June 05, 2014

NOTE: Sunday's performance will be held at the Firehouse Theatre (450 East Market Street, Alliance, Ohio). Tickets are still available.

ALLIANCE, Ohio –  “Shakespeare at the Castle,” the first of a proposed annual theatre festival performed live on the grounds of the iconic Glamorgan Castle in Alliance, will take place at 7 p.m. July 25-27. Grounds will open at 6:15 p.m. for picnicking.

The inaugural season will feature Shakespeare’s classic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The production will feature original music composed just for the show by Alliance Symphony Orchestra conductor Eric Benjamin. Artistic director for the performance is Kevin P. Kern, assistant professor of theatre at the University of Mount Union.

Ticket prices for general admission are $5 per person and will go on sale June 1. Preferred seating is available for $15. Educational workshops will be incorporated, free of charge, for children in the area who want to learn more about Shakespeare.

The production will include performances by students from Alliance High School and the University of Mount Union, members of the Alliance community as well as professional actors from the greater Cleveland area and beyond. Music will be played by a 10-piece orchestral consort.

Grant funds have been secured from Arts in Stark, Greater Alliance Foundation and Mount Union. Also supporting the production are the City of Alliance, the Alliance City Schools and the Carnation City Players.

Sponsors include the Greater Alliance Foundation, the University of Mount Union offices of Academic Affairs, Business Affairs, Marketing and Advancement, Calliope - The Online Literary Journal of The University of Mount Union, the Alison Draves Performing Arts Fund, Alliance City Schools, the Castle Crusaders and Arts in Stark.

Rain location for the event is the Firehouse Theatre.

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