Woodlawn Arts Academy and Sauk Valley Community College’s Theatre Department come together again to present Shakespeare in the Park with free performances of “Romeo & Juliet” June 21-13 and June 28-30 with show times at 6:30 p.m. on the back lawn of Woodlawn Arts Academy in Sterling. The production is sponsored by Savant.
Young lovers, protective parents, tragedy, comedy, sacrifice, and sword fights- Shakespeare’s age-old tale of two star-crossed lovers has something for everyone. Embrace the romance and experience the heartache along with some of literature and theatre's most famous characters.
Anna K. Kurtz, director of the show and Sauk’s theater director, says that “Of Shakespeare's numerous works, “Romeo and Juliet” is the play that audiences know best. It's the classic tale of star-crossed lovers referenced in other works of literature, films, music, etc. While most of us have read it in school, I wanted audiences to have the chance to experience this beautiful play live. We have once again assembled an incredible group of actors and designers. With Shakespeare's iconic words set against the enchanting backdrop of Hoover Park, I hope audiences will be swept away by these characters as if experiencing the story for the first time.”
This production includes the onstage talents of Alex Rodriguez, Tori Duffin, Suzie Branch, Hannah Matheney, Kraig Schweiss, Matt Hughes, Clarissa Worcester, Dallas Adams and Sam Twining of Sterling; Manuel Cervantes of Rock Falls; Peter Balser, Emily Sheaffer, Nathan Green, Tim Boles, Kevin Tumleson, Ryan Elmendorf and Ben Thornton of Dixon; Edwin Davis of Wheaton; Wesley Blakenbehler and Doug Smith of Polo and Eli Murray of Oregon. The production team includes costume designers Faith Morrison and Ashley Frye, set designer Tim Boles, set props by Kaitlyn Hailey, stage manager Anna Micale, assistant stage manager Michael Farringer, fight director Matt McKay and movement coach Monique Elmendorf.
Woodlawn Arts Academy will also host a two-hour, drop-in Shakespeare camp during each performance for children. Students will learn about Shakespeare, “Romeo & Juliet” and theatre. They will also create their own performance of the show for parents to watch following the adult production. The cost of the camp is $10. Discounts are available for families with more than one interested child.
Bring a chair and grab a place on the lawn at Woodlawn Arts Academy in Sterling. In case of rain, the performances will be held in the J. Mark Beaty Performance Center at Woodlawn. There will be cheese/cracker and dessert plates available for purchase. Guests may also bring their own snacks and beverages (alcohol and nonalcohol). For this performance only, alcohol will be allowed in the park. For more information about the show and children’s camp, call SVCC Theatre Department at 815-835-6366 or Woodlawn Arts Academy at 815-626-4278.