Eliot Rutledge as Romeo and Carrie Shaw as JulietRome Shakespeare Festival is taking its educational Shakespeare performances and workshops on the road. RSF local artists are touring “Romeo and Juliet” and “America: The Dream” to theatres, schools and libraries across Georgia and Florida as part of the company’s theatre education initiative.
This past week, the Georgia state tour opened at the Thomasville Cultural Arts Center in Thomasville with three days of performances of “Romeo and Juliet” and Shakespeare workshops serving 1600 high school students.
This coming week, RSF is scheduled to serve hundreds of Floyd and Polk County students at Rome City and Cedartown Auditoriums.
With Eliot Rutledge (last scene as Oberon in The Town Green’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”) as Romeo and Carrie Shaw as Juliet, student audiences will be dazzled with the greatest love story set among the hot, unbridled fury of their two families. Dangerous sword fights, staged by well-known fight choreographer, Ron Hubbard adds to the excitement of the performance.
Rome Shakespeare Festival was recently honored by a commendation from Governor Nathan Deal applauding RSF’s deep impact on education, the community and economic development. RSF is listed on the Vibrant Communities Artists Roster and recently received a $7,000 Project Grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts.
Rome Shakespeare’s acting company is also carrying “America: The Dream,” a history and social studies program designed to serve thousands of elementary school students across the state. The show heralds America’s literary legacy, cultural diversity and the American ethic as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.
Theatre Performance Dates:
Cedartown Auditorium: September 21, 22, 2016
Gem Theatre, Calhoun: September 27, 2016
Rome City Auditorium: September 28, 29, 2016
Broward Center for the Performing Arts: October 9, 10, 2016
Mathis Auditorium, Valdosta Ga: October 13, 2016
Summerville Depot: November 5, 2016
Summerville, Dandee Denson Theatre: November 4, 5, 2016