The Middletown based theater company ARTFARM recently received a $20,000 grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts to partner with Middlesex Community College on a six month initiative which will bring Shakespeare to the campus and central Connecticut community throughout the spring and summer semesters.
“Shakespeare on Campus, 2013” will culminate in ARTFARM’s Shakespeare in the Grove production of Much Ado About Nothing from July 18 through 28th. This will be the eighth summer that ARTFARM has presented professional outdoor Shakespeare in the beautiful Grove overlooking the Connecticut River Valley, but the first time that ARTFARM and the College have collaborated to bring Shakespeare related activities into classes, events and exhibits from February through July. Highlights of this year’s collaboration include:
*Shakespeare Acting Laboratory, an eight week acting class with ARTFARM Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge. The class meets Tuesday evenings starting February 19 and is open to the public and members of the college community over eighteen. It culminates in a Shakespeare Showcase on April 2.
*Shakespeare in the Afternoon, a campus celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday, which will be held on April 15 and will feature performances, costumed characters, music and food. Shakespeare in the Afternoon is a co-production of ARTFARM and MxCC’s English Department.
*Unlocking Shakespeare, a series of Master Classes in Text Analysis, offered by Trowbridge in three English Literature Classes during the Spring semester.
*Shakespeare in Our World, an exhibit created by the MxCC Library, will be up in the library throughout the month of April.
*Shakespeare in Acting One – The College’s Introductory Acting Class, taught by ARTFARM Executive Director Dic Wheeler, will have a special focus on “Shakespeare in Performance” this semester.
*Shakespeare Slam and Masked Ball, a popular performance event and party featuring interesting and unusual performances of short bits of Shakespeare, will be held at Kidcity Children’s Museum on Saturday, May 11 at 7 pm.
*Much Ado About Something is a three part class series, each focusing on a different aspect of Much Ado About Nothing. The classes will take place June 8, 15 and 22 as part of the MxCC Continuing Education program, and are open to the public.
*Summer Acting Class will be offered for credit for the first time as part of the College’s summer session. Taught by Wheeler, with a special focus on Shakespeare, May 20 to June 14.
In addition, ARTFARM will offer “Community Tech Days”, in which the public may work with the production’s designers and technical director to help build props and set, and several “Open Rehearsals” during the course of the six week rehearsal period on campus for Much Ado.
ARTFARM’s Shakespeare in the Grove 2013 production of Much Ado About Nothing will be held July 18 – 28 in the Grove at Middlesex Community College. Performances are Thursday through Sunday at 7 pm, with live music preceding each performance starting at 6 pm.
“This Connecticut Office of the Arts grant is very exciting”, says Executive Director Dic Wheeler, “it will allow us to bring full-scale professional Shakespeare back to the Grove this summer, as well as deepen the already fabulous relationship we have with the College. Having ARTFARM in Residence on Campus for six months will benefit the Company, the College and the Greater community. We are thrilled to be recognized for the work we have been doing in Middletown since 2006.”
Shakespeare on Campus 2013 is made possible with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
For more information about Shakespeare on Campus or Shakespeare in the Grove, please contact email@example.com or call (860) 346-4390.