Schuler Scholars Visit Canadian Shakespeare Festival

10/31/2011

From July 13th-17th, a group of Schuler Scholars visited the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario. This group, chosen for their love of literature and theatre, took the eight and a half hour drive to Ontario to experience world-class stagings of four Shakespearean masterpieces and one contemporary classic. They attended performances of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, Richard III, The Twelfth Night, The Merry Wives of Windsor and John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.

They were also treated to a Theatre Workshop with two of the festival’s repertory members, Tim Stickney and Christopher Prentice, a tour of the Festival’s Prop and Costume Warehouse and a tour behind the scenes of The Festival Theatre. On the way back to Illinois, the group made a stop at Greenfield Village in Detroit and students took part in a scavenger hunt throughout the historic reconstructions in the village.

After travel to Stratford, students felt more connected to the cultural heritage of Shakespeare. Additionally, the group developed a greater appreciation for theatre in general. This exposure demonstrates the powerful impact of art on the lives of young people. The Schuler Scholar Program will continue to seek opportunities to expose students to unique cultural and artistic festivals across the continent.

Schuler Scholars enjoy the costume collection at the Stratford Festival Prop and Costume Warehouse.

Schuler Scholars enjoy the costume collection at the Stratford Festival Prop and Costume Warehouse.

Ben Garcia, RLHS 2012, sits regally at the Stratford Festival props warehouse.

Ben Garcia, RLHS 2012, sits regally at the Stratford Festival props warehouse.

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