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Shakespeare on summer schedule

Members of the Young Company, a program of the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, will present Shakespeare’s comedy,
“The Merry Wives of Windsor,” July 26 at the DeKalb Outdoor Theater.


The Star, Wednesday, February 26, 2014 11:00 pm

AUBURN — The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival will present an abridged version of Shakespeare’s
comedy, “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” this summer at the DeKalb Outdoor Theater.

The performance is scheduled for Saturday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the theater at Center and Fifteenth
streets, said John Chalmers, president of the outdoor theater board.

Gifted students from the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College and other prominent
universities from around the country will make up the cast and crew of the Young Company that will
present the comedy.

The 70-minute performance is free of charge.

Spectators will be encouraged to bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs for seating.

In Shakespeare’s rollicking comedy, nothing stands in the way of Sir John Falstaff’s wayward wooing
— except the married objects of his affection. When the two ladies learn of his amorous intents, they
wreak havoc on the fat knight, defy a jealous husband and perplex a French physician, all while playing
matchmaker for one of their young daughters.

The Young Company is an outgrowth of the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival’s mission to provide
exceptional and unparalleled educational opportunities in a theatrical setting to exceptional students
from the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, and other universities across the nation.

Each summer, Young Company members work alongside nationally and internationally renowned
professionals. Participating students receive expert training in the practical arts of theatrical
production, including voice and speech, stage combat, production management and set and costume
construction. Young Company members have graduated from the program to enjoy careers in acting,
design and production all over the country.

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Notre Dame’s professional theater in residence, is one
component of Shakespeare at Notre Dame. The program also includes the McMeel Family Chair in
Shakespeare Studies and Actors From The London Stage, a professional touring residency experience.
The mission of Shakespeare at Notre Dame is to establish the University nationally and internationally
as a center for the study of Shakespeare in performance.

More information is available at shakespeare.nd.edu.