Shakespeare to Go

Since its beginning in 1984, Shakespeare to Go has proven very successful at engaging students of all ages in the works of Shakespeare and the art of live theater. The program can serve as an excellent springboard for additional classroom work in arts and literature. Watch a recent 2015 Shakespeare To Go performance here.  

 WHAT IS SHAKESPEARE TO GO?

Each year, a UCSC Theater Arts faculty member creates a 50-minute adaptation of a Shakespeare play, and assembles a cast comprised of UCSC students.  This year (Spring 2017), Shakespeare to Go will be performing the lively comedy Two Gentlemen of Verona, adapted and directed by UCSC Theater Arts faculty member Patty Gallagher. 

The cast takes their production on the road to various schools and venues to perform the Shakespeare adaptation. There is an opportunity for students to ask questions at the end of the performance. A study/curriculum guide is provided to teachers providing an opportunity to engage students before or after the performance, offering an in depth guide to the play and it's meaning.

The available performance dates are: M/W/F mornings prior to 10:30AM, dates TBD. The students need to be back on campus by noon, so your location will determine how late the performance can start.

WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING:

It looks as if it was actually real.  Another thing was that the play wasn’t hard to understand; it was easy to keep track. Overall the play was a great thing for our school to watch and enjoy.” – 6th grade student, 2013

“I didn’t know that Shakespeare could be fun.” – 5th grade student, 2011

“ Just want to thank you for coming, it was my first play and I liked it a lot.” – Middle school student, 2013

PERFORMANCES OF SHAKESPEARE TO GO:

Professor Gallagher and the cast will rehearse the play during winter quarter, then tour to schools in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Santa Clara counties during spring quarter: Dates TBD.  Please contact Tracye Lea Lawson at tlawson@ucsc.edu regarding performances.

A single performance is $450 in Santa Cruz County and $500 elsewhere; a double performance (i.e., two shows in one morning) is $650. Please note, a limited number of performances may be subsidized.  Participating schools will be provided a curriculum guide specifically for the play being perfomed that will provide your students with a synopsis and history of the play plus suggested class room activities to help prepare students for the performance. 

BOOK A PERFORMANCE OF SHAKESPEARE TO GO:

For more information about booking Shakespeare to Go for your school or community group, contact Tracye Lea Lawson at (831) 459-1552 or tlawson@ucsc.edu.

SUPPORT SHAKESPEARE TO GO:

If you would like to give support or have inquires about sponsorship opportunities for Shakespare to Go's work of bringing Shakespeare to area schools and community centers, please contact Joseph Schillaci, joes@ucsc.edu or (831)252-4355.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

US Bank
Brian and Patricia Herman Fund at the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County
Sharon Dirnberger
Kathy Chetkovich