Shakespeare at Winedale, a University of Texas College of Liberal Arts amazing summer program, hosted “Shakespeare on the Road” on Sunday, July 13 in celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.
James Loehlin, Winedale Director, and his creative team of staff and actors designed a unique evening under the pecan tree and in the barn (theatre).
After our plates were filled with delicious BBQ, performances by elementary school age children involved in the UT program’s outreach program and summer camp gave us hope for the future. Then the Shakespeare at Winedale adults offered scenes to whet appetites for this seasons three plays, The Taming of the Shrew, Merry Wives of Windsor, Troilus and Cressida and a SPECIAL STAGED READING – Fletcher’s the Tamer Tamed
There, we came, were entertained, we’re done – NOT! The actors of the third scene under the pecan tree beckoned us into the barn/theatre, where the record breaking events began.
Opened with a reading by Winedale alumni from As You Like It, the gathering had the remarkable opportunity to hear Doc Ayres, founder, and share the beginnings of the program. Ms. Ima Hogg envisioned a Victorian theatre in the barn she moved to this historic site, and Doc Ayres’ role was to make it happen. The rest is history!
Drum roll….and now, for the next exciting chapter of Winedale history. Shakespeare at Winedale was selected as one of 14 from 260+ Shakespeare festivals and events from ‘sea to shining sea’ for the Shakespeare on the Road program (see information below). Winedale is the ONLY educational program selected. They rec’d a commemorative Plaque made from a felled tree (cedar) from Shakespeare’s home! The Winedale lads and lasses made a special replica, portable, of the annual decorated cow, each session decorates. What better way to mark a special day than to celebrate with cake and champagne.
Depending on your summer travel plans, you have the opportunity to interact with one or both of these incredible Shakespeare programs. Hope to see you in the barn!
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