2017 Fall Festival of Shakespeare

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Students from Lenox Memorial High School rehearse 'Macbeth' ahead of their performance in Shakespeare & Company's Fall Festival of Shakespeare. Photo courtesy Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Company to host Fall Festival of Shakespeare

Lenox — Hundreds of teenagers from 10 different high schools will take to the stage at Shakespeare & Company Thursday, Nov. 16, through Sunday, Nov. 19, for the 29th Fall Festival of Shakespeare’s final performances. An annual tradition, the Fall Festival is the culmination of the nationally recognized program that places Shakespeare & Company education artists in ten local and regional schools where they lead students in a nine-week exploration of creative thinking, teamwork and Shakespeare.

Led by Shakespeare & Company’s director of education Kevin Coleman and education artists, the Fall Festival is a celebration rather than a competition. Students are encouraged to delve into Shakespeare’s works, unpack the language and savor the humor, intensity and transcendent beauty of Shakespeare’s plays. Daily rehearsals focus on students’ personal responses to the text and connection to the language. Students also have the opportunity to develop skills in stage combat, performance aesthetics, dance, technical theatre, costuming, stage management, marketing and publicity during the Fall Festival experience.

The 10 schools participating in the 2017 Fall Festival of Shakespeare include Berkshire Waldorf High School, Chatham High School, Lee High School, Lenox Memorial High School, Monument Mountain Regional High School, Mount Everett Regional High School, Mount Greylock Regional High School, Springfield Central High School, Taconic High School, and Taconic Hills High School.

Fall Festival of Shakespeare performance schedule

Thursday, Nov. 16:
6:15 p.m. – Lenox High School, “Macbeth”
8:30 p.m. – Chatham High School, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Friday, Nov. 17:
6:15 p.m. – Mount Everett Regional High School, “Romeo and Juliet”
8:30 p.m. – Mount Greylock Regional High School, “Much Ado About Nothing”

Saturday, Nov. 18:
1:30 p.m. – Monument Mountain Regional High School, “Hamlet”
3:30 p.m. – Berkshire Waldorf High School, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
6:15 p.m. – Taconic High School, “Pericles”
8:30 p.m. – Springfield Central High School, “As You Like It”

Sunday, Nov. 19:
1:30 p.m. – Lee High School, “Julius Caesar”
3:30 p.m. – Taconic Hills High School, “As You Like It”

Tickets per play are $16 for adults and $10 for students; and all-Festival passes are $80 for adults and $35 for students. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Shakespeare & Company at (413) 637-3353.

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