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Sunflower Shakespeare Festival looking for members

December 30, 2010

The Sunflower Shakespeare Festival is an organization that will bring the work of William Shakespeare to life for residents of northeast Kansas and founding members are looking for organizers.

Each spring the Festival will tour an abbreviated Shakespeare play to local schools, while also teaching workshops across the area. Late summer will bring an outdoor production, location to be determined, of at least one of the Bard's greatest.

Its founding members are seeking fellow Northeast Kansans who want to see the festival come to fruition and invite them to attend a recruitment event 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10 at the Lawrence Public Library auditorium.

“We need movers and shakers to join our steering committee that want to help bring this gift to our community," founder Christopher Reed said.

Reed is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and spent two years touring with The National Players, a Shakespeare tour out of the Maryland/Washington, D.C. area with strong roots in education.

“I believe Shakespeare has the power to transform classrooms, communities, people,” Reed said. “Northeast Kansas lacks a program that will give all citizens, and students in particular, a chance to see Shakespeare’s works come to life for the community at large.

“We will provide that unique opportunity as well as workshops that center on Shakespeare and his plays.”

The festival is aiming to open its premier production in August or September 2011 with its first educational tour to premier in early 2012.

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