The mission of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival's Educational Outreach program is to promote active engagement with the works of William Shakespeare. By doing so, we hope to nurture respect for the power of language, encourage the examination of complex ideas, fire imaginations, and deepen understanding and tolerance for the richness of human experience.
In addition to mainstage productions, ISF produces a yearly Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) show that is perfect for the whole family! Bring your children, grandchildren, or youth group - everyone is welcome and the price is FREE! Our TYA performances are fun and usually last under an hour.
Who Stole Cleopatra?
Where do authors get their story ideas? How do you “be strong and carry on” in the face of bullying? How do you overcome a writing block? This fictional play follows a young Will Shakespeare as he tries to find the script to his recently completed play Cleopatra that was stolen right off his desk. As Will journeys through Elizabethan England in search of his manuscript, he meets the most interesting people - one might even say that they are quite the characters! Audiences will get a taste of nine Shakespearean plays as we help Will search for his script. Always remember to “be strong and carry on” as you live your creative life!
|Playwright||Nancy Steele Brokaw|
|Stage Manager||Monique Arabie|
|Costume Design||Megan Wood|
|Scene Design||Mary Jungels-Goodyear|
|Props Master||Ellie Fangman|
|Young William Shakespeare||Troy Schaeflein**|
|Robert Greenbottom, Hamlet||Sebastian Grim**|
|Romeo, Hal, Henslowe||Antonio Lasanta**|
|Juliet, Puck||Tori DeLaney**|
|Orlando, Falstaff, Ghost||Brian Kim**|
|Rosalind, Prospero, Mistress Quickly||Isa Guitian**|
Following the play, Who Stole Cleopatra?, join us for a FREE art making workshop: Playing With Puppets! Create your own fabric hand puppet based on a character you design. Use your imagination to add your own creative details and take your puppet home to perform plays for your friends and family. Sign up with the Illinois Art Station when you arrive at Ewing – registration is free and open to the first 30 children. Ages 5 and up!