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Nebraska Shakespeare Festival Inc

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Mission: To produce innovative professional shakespeare productions that are both free and accessible to a diverse audience, whether set on the green or in the classroom. Our vision is to broaden the cultural environment of our community with high quality professional theater.

Programs: Shakespeare on the green- each summer season runs for about three weeks and generally includes two plays- typically one tragedy and one comedy. Through this cultural experience, parents can introduce their children to the power and beauty of classical theatre, produced by a professional company of artists from across the country. People who ordinarily either would not or could not attend a shakespeare play are able to discover the unique and life-affirming qualities that live theater provides. In addition to the main performance are educational preshow seminars and a green show entertainment featuring a juggler and local musicians, and a "shakespeare" interactive educational tent utilizing donated materials and manned by volunteers with educational expertise.

the touring theater company has been able to provide live performances of shakespeare's works to many rural communities and schools where access to educational performing arts is limited. The tour includes public and community performances in addition to private performances for middle and high school students.

educational workshops and a two-week camp for students ages 8-18 compliment the tour and summer performance programs. Our one-hour workshops include "through the language of shakespeare", "shakespeare unplugged", "words. Words. Words", "thinking makes it so", "thus we play", "i bite my thumb", "speak the speech", and "light in spirit" all with individual themes and learning objectives.

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