Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” Comes to Life on Lakeland Community College’s Campus April 4

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Lakeland Community College will host Ohio Shakespeare Festival (OSF) performing artists again this spring, allowing students and guests the opportunity to see Shakespeare’s genius on a more personal level.

The Shakespeare Festival will take place Wednesday, April 4th on Lakeland’s main campus at 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, OH 44094, with free, interactive workshops in room A-2100 and a free matinee of “Romeo and Juliet” in the Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center, first floor of the D-Building.

The workshops, slated for 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in room A-2100, will be hosted by OSF actors who will introduce students and members of the community to onstage combat, verse/prose and Shakespeare-specific movements. The matinee performance of “Romeo and Juliet” will follow at 1:00 p.m.

Ohio Shakespeare Festival is a professional theater company that is based in Akron and performs at Greystone Hall and Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens.

Joe Pine, education director and associate producer, explains that “At OSF, we firmly believe that Shakespeare was meant to be seen live. This student performance series is designed to pull Shakespeare off the page for young audiences, who have only ever experienced his plays in the classroom.” Pine says, “Through these performances we strive to show students that Shakespeare’s plays are just as thrilling, engaging, accessible and relevant as they were 400 years ago.”

Advanced registration is recommended for the workshops at Lakeland Community College Performing Arts. For more information, contact professor April Mason at 440.525.7564.

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