Center for History opens Summer Shakespeare exhibit

Author: Julie Hail Flory


Theater enthusiasts are getting a backstage pass of sorts this summer through a new exhibit at theIndianaCenterfor History that offers a closer look at Summer Shakespeare at the University of Notre Dame.

“Shakespeare Comes Alive: From the Page to the Stage” gives visitors the opportunity to examine a variety of costumes and props, as well as some of the lighting, scenic and musical elements that go into turning a Shakespearean text into a work of theatrical art. The exhibit features items from the last five years of Notre Dame productions, including “The Taming of the Shrew,” “MuchAdoAbout Nothing,” “The Tempest,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Romeo and Juliet.”

“We will be presenting ‘Henry V’ in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center this summer,” said Paul Rathburn, producing-artistic director of Summer Shakespeare at Notre Dame. “With that in mind, we wanted to show our audiences what we have been able to create over the last five years and to let them know that this year’s production will be the grandest and most elaborate of all.”

The exhibit runs through Aug. 31, accompanied by a sister exhibit in the Crossroads Gallery at Notre Dame Downtown (217 S. Michigan St.,South Bend) that features large scenic design pieces and photographs, including Juliet’s tomb, a ship’s wheel from “The Tempest,” and tree limbs from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

TheNorthernIndianaCenterfor History, located at808 W. Washington St.,South Bend, is open Tuesday to Saturday from10 a.m.to5 p.m.and Sunday fromnoonto5 p.m.Admission ranges from $4 to $5.

* Contact: * _Marilyn Thompson, Center for History, 574-235-9664, ext. 231, _

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