Summer Shakespeare Theatre
July 18-20, 25-27 at 7 PM
July 21, 28 at 2 PM
Appleton North High School Auditorium
$10 tickets available at the door
Summer Shakespeare Theatre will present the Bard’s popular tragedy, JULIUS CAESAR, July 18 TH -28 TH in the Appleton North High School auditorium, 5000 North Ballard Road. This marks the twentieth year of the program sponsored by the Fox Valley Summer School Consortium. A cast and crew of over 30 students from area high schools have spent six weeks learning about Shakespeare and the theatre of the Renaissance while preparing a play for public performance. Appleton North High School theatre instructor, Ron Parker, began the program in the Fox Valley after founding and directing a similar program in Kenosha for 13 years. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for students interested in theatre to study and perform the work of the greatest playwright in the English language. In addition, students from various schools in the area have a chance to meet and work together. Our previous season’s productions have been very well received. We look forward to even better things in the future.”
Audiences who attend this summer’s performances of JULIUS CAESAR will be treated to elaborate Renaissance Roman costumes, an original musical score written by London composer Jay Chakravorty, and a variety of Shakespeare’s most memorable lines and characters. In addition, one of the student actors will portray Shakespeare himself and will provide pre-play commentary as well as mingle with audience members during the show. Audiences will be seated directly on the stage to be nearer to the action which was typical of performances in Shakespeare’s era. Playgoers will be urged to participate as Roman citizens as they watch the performance.
Written over 400 years ago, JULIUS CAESAR is one of Shakespeare’s most popular historical tragedies. Shakespeare’s political thriller tells the story of the conspiracy against Caesar, his assassination and the defeat of his conspirators. Julius Caesar has returned to Rome triumphant from the war against Pompey. The Roman republic is prepared to heap him with new honors, causing concern and dismay among some senators who fear that too much power is held by one man. Caius Cassius plots a conspiracy to murder Caesar, enlisting the support of the well-respected Marcus Brutus. Brutus has misgivings but is persuaded that Caesar’s death is necessary for the good of the republic. However, he rejects Cassius’ proposal that Mark Antony, close friend of Caesar, should also be killed. Brutus, Cassius and their co-conspirators stab Caesar to death at the senate house on the Ides of March. At Caesar’s funeral Brutus addresses the people and successfully explains the conspirators’ motives. However, Mark Antony speaks next and turns the mob against the conspirators, who are forced to flee from Rome. .Mark Antony and Caesar’s nephew, Octavius, take command of Rome and lead an army against the conspirators. Brutus and Cassius are defeated at Philippi where they kill themselves rather than be captured. Infused with William Shakespeare’s rich, rousing verse, JULIUS CAESAR is a heart-stopping political thriller of betrayal, justice, and misguided idealism which continues to be timeless and shockingly relevant today.
Performance times are 7:00 P.M. on July 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th , and 27th and 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, July 21st and 28th. Admission is $10.00. Tickets can be purchased at the door one hour before performance time. All seats are general admission. For further information can be found at https://foxvalleysummershakespeare.wordpress.com/ or by contacting Ron Parker, director at 707-0487, by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Ron Parker, director
ANHS Theatre Department, 5000 Ballard RD, Appleton, WI 54913
920-832-4300 (school main office)
Ticket Box Office 920-997-3994
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