Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival presents ShakeScenes

Author: Chuck Gessert

2012 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival opens with performances of ShakeScenes at the University of Notre Dame’s historic Washington Hall at 2 p.m. July 14 and 15 (Saturday and Sunday). During the course of one weekend, more than 100 actors and directors from throughout the Michiana community take to the stage in two different performances, each offering a series of 10-minute scenes taken from the plays of William Shakespeare.

This year’s line-up includes troupes from Robinson Shakespeare Company, The Acting Ensemble Stage Company, St. Matthew’s Cathedral School, South Bend Civic Theatre, Trinity School at Greenlawn, LaSalle Academy and The Player’s Guild at Indiana University South Bend. Also appearing this year will be groups such as Goshen Bards, Harter Heights Players, Michiana Mechanicals, South Bend Shakespeareans and ShakePeeps. A cast from Theatre at the Center in Munster, Ind., will also perform.

Begun in 2000, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival is part of Shakespeare at Notre Dame, a program of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival also produces professional productions of William Shakespeare’s plays that involve Equity actors and world-class directors and designers.

Tickets for ShakeScenes are free, but are required for admission. They will be available beginning noon July 5 (Thursday) at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center ticket office, by phone at 574-631-2800, and on the Web at

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