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Shakespeare under the Stars, Summer 2005
Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing
Presented August 1st through the 13th at the EmilyAnn Theatre in Wimberley, Texas
Rehearsal at EmilyAnn Theatre
While most teenagers are sleeping late and lazing around the pool to beat the heat, dozens of young people in Wimberley are waking early and working late at the EmilyAnn Theatre. Each summer, these industrious students give up what’s left of summer vacation to put on two full-length productions for Shakespeare Under the Stars.

For two weeks in August, a cast of more than fifty kids ranging from eight to 18 will perform “Romeo and Juliet” and “Much Ado About Nothing” on alternating nights. The shows begin around 8:30 p.m., and run from August 1 - 13, except Sundays. “Romeo and Juliet,” will run on odd-numbered nights. “Much Ado About Nothing” will play on even-numbered nights.

For the 16th year, audience members will enjoy a program that is creating a buzz around the state and beyond. Even small children sprawl out on blankets in front of the stage enjoy the students’ energetic interpretations of the Bard’s classic plots and characters. For the eighth year, the shows will be staged at the EmilyAnn Theatre, a lovely landscaped hillside amphitheatre adjacent to Wimberley High School on FM 2325.

"Romeo and Juliet" and "Much Ado About Nothing" for Shakespeare Under the Stars are directed by Jake Patoski and Russ Hull. Matthew Logan is Artistic Director and David Barker is Fight Director. This program at the EmilyAnn Theatre offers students the rare opportunity to learn every aspect of theatre production. The students design and produce their costumes, design and construct sets, and run sound and lights. In addition to morning and evening rehearsals, the students take a “break” each afternoon to study other aspects of theatre with visiting college professors.

Although many of the participants are year-round theatre participants in Wimberley (competing in state UIL One-Act Play finals the past five years), every summer a handful of students from across the state come to participate.

One of the many remarkable aspects of this summer program is the trailer filled with student costumers designing and implementing the fifty or more authentic period costumes. The students also perform all the technical aspects of the productions: lighting, sound, set and props.

How to get there:
Driving west on FM 2325 from Wimberley, the Theatre is just a short distance west of Ranch Road 12. You will pass the Lions Club grounds and the Subway on your left. Next comes Wimberley High School, just off the road to the left. The EmilyAnn Theatre is the next driveway past the road to Wimberley High School on the left. A beautiful carved stone sign marks the gated entrance to the Theatre.

For more information, call the EmilyAnn Theatre at (512) 847-6969 or visit the website.

» More about the EmilyAnn Theatre
» Visit the EmilyAnn Theatre website

» Romeo and Juliet (the full play)
» Much Ado About Nothing (synopsis)
» Take a Shakespeare Biography quiz (fun!)


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