Bringing the Bard Back to Anniston

June 13, 2018

The Shakespeare ProjectThe Chamber & Visitors Center promotes and sustains the economic growth of Calhoun County’s region. The Chamber Foundation focuses on education, workforce development, marketing & community development, creating programs to enhance our schools & leverage businesses.

The Shakespeare Project

In 1972, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival was established in Anniston, with performances presented in the high school auditorium. In 1985, the Festival moved to Montgomery. In 2018, we are bringing the Bard, William Shakespeare back to Anniston with free professional productions of Julius Caesar August 15 through 17, for our schools, and August 18 & 19, for our community at the Anniston Performing Arts Center, the original home of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

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The Calhoun County Area Chamber & Visitors Center, the JSU English & Drama Departments, local schools, Anniston Parks & Rec and local arts organizations, including the Knox Concert Series and CAST, are joining forces to produce these performances FREE of charge. Funding for the Shakespeare Project is made possible by grants from the Harland Jones Fund of the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama, the Alabama Humanities Foundation our state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, along with many local contributors.

IMG_9411The intent of these performances is to complement the required reading curriculum of high school students reading the play and is meant to enhance their study of not only the work of Shakespeare, but theater and literature in general. Along with the free professional performances, we are also hiring local high school students and college students for apprenticeships, shadowing and learning from our professional production team. We are also partnering with the American Shakespeare Center to offer their “Teaching Shakespeare” training to our teachers this summer.

For more information, follow “The Shakespeare Project AL” on Facebook, call (256) 237-3536 or email emilyd@calhounchamber.com.

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