Celebration of Shakespeare's Birthday At BR Academy

A Celebration will be held at the Black River Academy Museum in Ludlow for the 446th birthday of William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon, on April 23 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The program, hosted by Ludlow resident and Cambridge scholar Dr. John Bremer, will consist of live and recorded presentations including Elizabethan music and famous scenes from both comedies and tragedies.

Following a brief introduction to Elizabethan England, a video of the famous Globe Theatre will be shown together with its actors preparing for a production of Shakespeare's Henry V and its opening scenes. The Globe audience, munching hazel nuts, the Elizabethan equivalent of popcorn, will participate in the performance and cheer and jeer with gusto.

Local costumed actors will declaim some of the best known speeches from Hamlet, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, and As You like It.

The evening will conclude with a video presentation of the Royal Shakespeare Company's version of the riotous workingmen's play performed in A Midsummer Night's Dream for the marriage of the Duke of Athens. Headed by Bottom the Weaver, its all-star cast with Quince the Carpenter, Snug the Joiner, Snout the Tinker, and Flute the Bellows-mender, make a travesty of tragedy and a comedy of calamity.

Admission is by donation.

For more information contact John Bremer at 228-7672 or the Museum at 228-5050.

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