Shakespeare returns to the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport for the first time since 2006
By Wendy Killeen
February 19, 2012
THE BARD IS BACK: Shakespeare is returning to the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport for the first time
A $1,180 grant from the New England States Touring Program of the New England Foundation for the Arts is helping to underwrite the cost of presenting a performance of “Hamlet’’ by Shakesperience Productions on March 23.
Shakesperience Productions also will present two in-school workshops at Newburyport High School.
It will work with a local theater company, Anna Smulowitz Productions in Newburyport, to prepare young actors to present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream’’ May 24 to June 3 at the Firehouse.
Shakesperience, a nonprofit based in Waterbury, Conn., was founded in 1996 by Emily Mattina and Jeffrey Lapham to educate and inspire students, families, and theater professionals through the arts.
Under Mattina, the artistic director, and Lapham, executive director, Shakesperience has annually presented about 650 workshops and performances for approximately 70,000 students in some 70 Connecticut communities and elsewhere.
Visit firehouse.org or shakesperienceproductions.org.