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Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival to Present Free Outdoor Performance

Author: Arts and Letters

As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival’s Young Company touring group will perform on the Main Quad at the University of Notre Dame at 7p.m. Aug. 24 (Monday).

The Young Company, composed of gifted college students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College and universities from across the region, will present the Academy of the Intronati of Siena’s The Deceived – the Renaissance comedy that inspired Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Laughter, intrigue, and a huge helping of mistaken identity come together in this season’s Young Company selection, in which no one escapes the deception as the best intentions turn lovers into servants, friends into foes, and a lovesick girl into a headstrong boy, at least temporarily.

The 80-minute performance is presented free of charge and outdoors, so audience members may wish to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

The Young Company is a direct outgrowth of the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival’s mission to provide exceptional and unparalleled educational opportunities in a theatrical setting to exceptional students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and regional university partners.

Each summer, Young Company members work alongside nationally and internationally renowned professionals. Participating students receive training in the practical arts of theatrical production, including voice and speech, stage combat, production management, and set and costume construction. Young Company members have graduated from the program to enjoy careers in acting, design and production all over the country.

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Notre Dame’s professional theater in residence, is one component of Shakespeare at Notre Dame, a program that also includes the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies and Actors From The London Stage, a professional touring residency experience. The mission of Shakespeare at Notre Dame is to establish the University nationally and internationally as a center for the study of Shakespeare in performance.

More information about the Young Company and other community programs presented by Shakespeare at Notre Dame is available at 574-631-3777 or on the Web.

Contact: Aaron Nichols, director of audience development, Shakespeare at Notre Dame, 574-631-3777,

Originally published by Aaron Nichols at on August 18, 2009.