Young Shakespeareans ages 8 to 15 will take the stage at the Winedale Theater Barn in Winedale, Texas, as part of the annual spring Festival of Play. The day will feature two hours of performances by school groups from Austin, Round Rock and Gonzales, TX, followed by a family-friendly “Eeyore’s Birthday Party” with traditional games, prizes and birthday cake on the Winedale grounds.
Approximately 150 young players will be in attendance, performing scenes from such plays as Julius Caesar, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It and Henry V.
Performances run from 12–2 p.m. in the Theater Barn, to be followed at 2-4 p.m. by the spring celebration of Eeyore’s Birthday Party. Seating is limited for performances due to the large number of students, parents and teachers; visitors are advised to bring a folding chair or a picnic blanket, since there is room to sit outside the open-sided Theater Barn. The day’s festivities conclude with an evening performance of "Macbeth" by students participating in the UT Department of English’s Shakespeare at Winedale program.
Shakespeare at Winedale Outreach, housed in the Department of English within the UT College of Liberal Arts, is a language arts and fine arts enrichment program designed to provide opportunities for meaningful learning and academic excellence for Texas schoolchildren.
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