Contributed by Jeff Olsen
In what has become an annual tradition, the West Valley Arts Council is bringing Shakespeare back to the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. This year's presentation of the iconic tragedy, Hamlet, will be presented twice on the Cultural Center stage. The first performance is at 7 p.m. on March 14, and no tickets are necessary for admission. Shakespearean players will then take the stage the next day at 10 a.m. for another show. "The March 15th performance requires registration" explains Program Manager Susan Klinker. "The matinee performance is followed by an educational Q&A session, so we want to be certain we've coordinated adequately for the schools and the space."
Each year, from January through April, the Utah Shakespeare Festival hits the road with an educational outreach program for the schools in Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and Arizona. The highlight of the program is a 75 minute version of a Shakespearean play, including complete costumes, sets, and theatrical lighting. "I'm just disappointed they're not presenting Julius Ceasar this year," quipped local Folklorist Michael Christensen. "I mean, it is on the Ides of March afterall." For more information about the performance, click here.