Bard To Go: 2012 Shakespeare Festival Finale

Bard to Go: Sweet Revenge 2010
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The 2012 Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival’s last day is Saturday, November 3. The festival will conclude with Bard to Go (BTG), which is a 50-minute production that tours Michigan’s secondary schools and stages a public performance. Their production “All’s Fair…” is an exploration of how far Shakespeare’s characters will go achieve their goals, whether it be in love, rivalry or political ambition. It will feature scenes from plays including Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure and Macbeth.

This event is a lively, interactive production, which introduces audiences to characters from many of Shakespeare’s plays. BTG appeals to younger generations by performing Shakespeare’s work in a non-traditional way while it maintains the integrity of the original text and content.

There will be a free public performance of BTG to complete this year’s festival events. This final performance follows an awards ceremony, and is most appropriate for middle school ages and above.

Student Competition Awards Ceremony and
Free Public Bard to Go Performance

November 3, 2012
1 PM, Loosemore Auditorium
Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

BTG is a part of the educational outreach programs incorporated into the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival. Last year, Bard to Go: Lovestruck performed in the Bahamas at the “Shakespeare in Paradise” festival in Nassau for more than 500 students and at seven Michigan secondary schools for more than 1600 students. In past seasons, BTG has also traveled to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Italy; China and Jamaica.