Tuesday–Saturday at 6 p.m. each night
Ever wonder what's behind the scenery? Want to peek into secret passageways and hidden backstage rooms? Want to discover interesting bits about the history of the Festival and how we put a season together? The tour will take you backstage of Ewing Theatre. Get a glimpse at this extraordinary theatre while you learn about the scene and costume design process from first production meeting to final product that you see on the stage.
The tour is approximately 30-minutes and begins in the courtyard ticket office at 6 p.m. each night. The tour capacity is only 25 persons and fills up fast so we recommend booking in advance. The cost is $10 per person. Call the ticket office at (309) 438-2535.
Thursday & Friday, on the hour (1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.)
Now the Festival is partnering with Ewing Manor to offer guided tours on Thursday and Friday afternoons, starting July 6. Tickets $5 per person, available via the ISF Box Office only.
Explore the historic building often called “The Castle” by locals. Davis and Hazle Buck Ewing built Ewing Manor in 1928-29. They lived in influential circles. He was a cousin of Adlai Ewing Stevenson, an Illinois governor and Presidential candidate, Hazle was an heir to the Wrigley Chewing Gum family. The manor’s Channel-Norman architectural style and surrounding gardens, (created by the same landscape architect who also designed Springfield's Lincoln Memorial Gardens), make it one of the most beautiful historic homes in the state. And that holds true for the Inside as well with much of its original furnishings are intact. Hazle bequeathed it to the ISU Foundation, and it soon became a popular spot for student actors to perform scenes of Shakespeare plays, thus inspiring the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.
Every performance night, before the evening performance, there is something extra going on. They originated on the lawn, hence the name. From mini performances of an all-female Comedy of Errors to strolling singers and folk groups, our Green Shows are always entertaining. Check the schedule for details as they become available.
The festival favorite is celebrating their tenth season at the festival playing jazz in the courtyard at Ewing Manor. Wilson has toured and recorded with Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Doc Severinsen, Bruce Hornsby and many other jazz and music greats in his 45-year career. Glenn Wilson and Friends Jazz Series is sponsored by Further Jazz, Inc. with funding from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation.
July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, 8
Three of ISF’s company actors (Madeline Calais, Hannelore Rolfing, and Libby Zabit) will perform an all-female, abridged version of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors as a green show in the Ewing Manor courtyard. This production is directed by Kristin L. Schoenback.
Comedy of Errors
are at 6:30 p.m.
Directly preceding performances of Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline
Members of the Midsummer cast will perform live music before each production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as the green show. These relaxed performances are sure to delight as patrons are provided closer access to this season’s company members.
Performances will take place 30 minutes prior to showtime
Directly preceding performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ewing Theatre stage
* There will not be a green show directly preceding performances of I Heart Juliet