The Colorado Shakespeare Festival or CSF is now enjoying its 51st season. Since its inception in 1958, the CSF has allowed over 40,000 to enjoy and experience the thrill of theatre. In addition to presenting plays, the group also has an outreach program in order to share the joys of theatre with students enrolled in schools in the community. The outreach group has presented 600 plays to over 5,000 students and teachers.
The CSF is under the direction of Producing Artistic Director Philip C. Snead. In addition to other projects, Mr. Sneed has begun an artistic exchange program with the Maxim Gorky Theatre in Vladivostok, Russia. During the 2011 season, the group will hire approximately 5 artistic directors, approximately 40 actors, 9 set designers and about 150 supporting production personnel in order to present four plays to the public.
The plays that will be performed during the summer 2011 season are: Inspector General, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, and The Little Prince.
Inspector General is a 19th century Russian comedy written by Nikolai Golgol. This play, which is directed by Efim Zvenyatsky of the Maxim Gorky Theatre, will be performed by actors from the CSF as well as actors from the Maxim Gorky Theatre. Select performances of the play will also be performed in both English and Russian. Opening day of the play is July 8th, 2011.
The Comedy of Errors was written by William Shakespeare and will be directed by Carolyn Howarth and Daniel Stein. This play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies and is the perfect for the entire family to enjoy together. Opening day of this play is July 9th , 2011.
Romeo and Juliet is another play written by William Shakespeare. This production of the play will be directed by Lynne Collins. Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story about two young people who fall in love despite their feuding family members. This production is sure to be enjoyed by classic Shakespeare fans as well as the romantic at heart. Opening night is June 25th, 2011.
The Little Prince is a play written by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar and directed by Philip C. Snead. The play, a simple story about childhood and re-discovering your dreams, is based upon the short novella written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. An opening day matinee for this play is scheduled for June 25th.
For more information on tickets, the cast, or play production dates and times, go to http://www.coloradoshakes.org.