ACU Theater’s Shakespeare Festival Includes Two Productions


ABILENE, Texas (KRBC)-Student actors from Abilene Christian University are ready to break a leg at their annual Shakespeare Festival.

Sixteen theater students are excited to take on not just one but two orginals by Shakespeare himself.

Braden Clark, a Senior at ACU, told KRBC that over the next two weeks they are putting on two seperate productions, the Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing.

What makes this festival so unique is that the student actors at ACU will be playing two different characters on alternating nights.

We are performing in rolling reportories, so we do one show one night and we change the set and the next night we do the other night.” Said Diego Gonzalez, a Senior Theater Student.

Normally these actors get to completely dive into one character, but that is not the case.

Savannah Ochran, also a Senior, said, “Being able to alternate between two very different characters has been really interesting for me but going from complete comedy to really, really dramatic has been really fun.

Much Ado About Nothing is said to have a 60’s musical spin to it.

“It’s really cool how we get to also experience musical theater within Shakespeare.” Said Gonzalez.

The Tempest has an even deeper meaning that hits close to home for their director.

“We are honoring one of his mentors that he used to work with.” Added Gonzalez.

Though they have spent endless amount of hours practicing, they say they are honored to be a part of the 27th Shakepeare Festival and to put on two free productions.

“This is our chance to give back to the community of Abilene, and we’re really excited about these shows.”

Both productions will be shown at Fulks Theater located on ACU’s campus. The Tempest (June 22nd, 24th, and 30th) or Much Ado About Nothing (June 23rd, 29th, and July 1st). Doors open at 7:00 and show begins at 7:30.

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