Ogden high school students fight it out for Shakespeare

Actors from Utah Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare-in-the-Schools program answer student's' questions after a performance of 'The Taming of the Shrew" at Ogden High School on Monday, March 10, 2014. (BECKY WRIGHT/Standard-Examiner)Monday, March 10, 2014. (BECKY WRIGHT/Standard-Examiner)

OGDEN — The Utah Shakespeare Festival’s traveling troupe is performing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 30, at Ben Lomond High School.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Shakespeare Festival’s professional actors have been coming to work with students and perform for 17 years, said Ogden School Foundation Executive Director Janis Vause.

“The quality of this is just phenomenal, and that’s what is about it,” she said. “We’re putting on such a fine-quality show by one of the best playwrights in history and we're giving our kids an opportunity to see this.”

The actors will give a performance in the morning for about 900 fifth-grade, sixth-grade and high school students, Vause said.

Afterword, the troupe will teach groups of students about acting and stage techniques.

That night, the public performance will take place at Ben Lomond High for the first time. Vause noted some event posters incorrectly say the play begins at 7:30 p.m., when it actually starts at 7 p.m. with doors opening half an hour early.

The event is free thanks to the district’s foundation, Ben Lomond High, the Weber State University Stewart Library and Suzanne Lindquist.

Contact education reporter Anna Burleson at aburleson@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnagatorB or like her on Facebook at Facebook.com/BurlesonReports.

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