New Stage Announces SchoolFest Matinee Performances for Shakespeare in Love

JACKSON, MISS.—New Stage Theatre, a professional theatre located in Jackson, announces its 2017-2018 SchoolFest Matinee performances, part of New Stage’s Arts in Education program. We will celebrate our 52nd year with a wonderful variety of great theatre for all ages. “Offering a blend of old and new, our 52nd season is comprised of remarkable storytelling that will appeal to all generations,” says artistic director Francine Thomas Reynolds.

The 2017-2018 SchoolFest Matinee performances will include Tom Stoppard, Lee Hall, and Marc Norman’s Shakespeare in Love; SchoolFest Matinee performances of Shakespeare in Love will take place on April 18, 20, 25 and 27 at 10:00 am.

Penniless and indebted to two demanding producers, struggling young playwright William Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps, daughter of a wealthy merchant, whose fiery passion for poetry and drama leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. Both are despondent when they learn that Viola’s father has promised her to the stuffy Lord Wessex in order to gain a title for their family. Under the veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very play he is writing—Romeo and Juliet. With opening night—and the wedding day—fast approaching, the plots race toward a parallel conclusion. Will it all work out in the end or are the two star-crossed lovers destined for tragedy? Shakespeare in Love is recommended for ages 14 and older for sexual situations and mature themes related to blooming romance, theatrical ego, and mildly tortured artistic souls.

Students can attend SchoolFest Matinee performances for the low ticket price of $7. The students can also attend a post-performance question and answer session with the production’s cast. You will receive a comprehensive study guide before the show. The study guide will include a synopsis of the play, information about the playwright, character summaries and suggestions for classroom activities. Please call 601-948-3533 ext. 245 to reserve seats for your school or class!

New Stage Theatre was chartered as a not-for-profit organization in 1965, producing its initial season in the winter/spring of 1966. Founded by Jane Reid-Petty with the assistance of the American National Theatre Academy and Actor’s Equity Association, dedication to professional excellence in theatre arts was part of the theatre’s original mission. New Stage’s first home was a converted church, and the full houses for its opening season were significant: they represented the city’s first racially integrated theatre audience.

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