Volunteers Needed for Complete Works

Shakespeare in the Park 2009 / Photo Ken Allen

Shakespeare in the Park 2009 / Photo Ken Allen

As you may have heard, we are presenting the bodacious comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at Belmont University’s Troutt Theater April 10 – 13th, and we need you to make every evening a success! At each performance, we will need six volunteers to usher and work at our merchandise booth. Positions are available for every night and they are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ushering is a responsibility we deeply depend on our volunteers to fill. An usher’s nightly duties typically consist of help with the Will Call desk, operating the merchandise booth, checking tickets, and giving programs at the door. Volunteering is an active and interactive experience! As an usher, you will also help direct people to their seats as well as restrooms.

Shakespeare in the Park 2009 / Photo by Ken Allen

Shakespeare in the Park 2009 / Photo by Ken Allen

Ushers are expected to arrive just over an hour before the scheduled performance for orientation and are requested to stay until after intermission ends. Naturally, after each act of the performance begins and ushering duties have been fulfilled, volunteers may enjoy the performance free of charge! And we can promise this is one performance you don’t want to miss.

Performance Dates

Thursday, April 10th at 7:30pm
Friday, April 11th at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 12th at 2:30pm
Saturday, April 12th at 7:30pm
Sunday, April 13th at 2:30pm

For 7:30pm showtimes, volunteers must arrive no later than 6:30. For 2:30pm showtimes, volunteers must arrive by 1:30. Orientation will begin promptly at those times.

Please contact Anita Reed at volunteers@nashvilleshakes.org with the date(s) you would like to volunteer. You may sign up for as many nights as you’d like, but please consider this as a genuine commitment and responsibility.

We hope that you will join our team for this wild ride of a production. We look forward to hearing from you!


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NSF Needs Your VOTE in First Tennessee’s 150 Days of Giving!

150-Days-of-Giving-Vote-for-the-NSF buttonVote for The Nashville Shakespeare Festival and we could receive a $5,000 gift from First Tennessee Foundation!

First Tennessee Bank will be 150 this year and the First Tennessee Foundation is joining the celebration with 150 Days of Giving. Starting on First Tennessee’s 150th birthday – March 25, 2014 – the First Tennessee Foundation will give away $5,000 to a different nonprofit every day for 150 days! Help us be one by voting today!

All you have to do is click on the following link on and select
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival.

www.150daysofgiving.com

  • VOTE for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival EVERY DAY.
  • You can vote for the NSF more than once each day on different devices (Smartphone, ipad, desktop).
  • The first winner will be chosen at Midnight on March 25th. The winning will continue for 150 days so continue to vote until the NSF wins.
  • Ask everyone you know to vote for the NSF as well. Every single vote counts toward our goal of being one of the $5,000 winners!

Thank you for your support!

First Tennessee Foundation is a proud sponsor of The Nashville Shakespeare Festival and we depend on their support and the support of Foundations like them to bring you Shakespeare in the Park, Winter Shakespeare and Education Outreach programs that reach thousands of Middle Tennessee students each year.

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged!) — Held over for FOUR DAYS ONLY!

Complete Works ad RGBHeld over for FOUR DAYS ONLY!
Three guys, one dead playwright, and 37 plays, all in 90 minutes.

Due to popular demand, we have agreed to hold over our 2009 production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged!) for four days only! Join us at Belmont University’s Troutt Theater, April 10-13, for this popular production in all of its slapstick, cross-dressing, adolescent, terrible-wig glory.

Cheer the histories on the gridiron! Get down with Othello through the magic of rap! Pick up culinary tips courtesy of Titus Andronicus! No one is safe and nothing is sacred when three over-achieving actors will once again attempt to condense the entire 37 plays in Shakespeare’s canon into an hour and a half. Continue reading

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Shakespeare Upright: King Lear

shakespeare upright logo horizJoin us for Shakespeare Upright! on March 29th at the Downtown Nashville Public Library!

March 29th at noon at the Nashville Main Library we will be presenting a staged reading of King Lear in the Teen Center. What is Shakespeare Upright!? This is a series of staged readings of selected plays with actors cast in specific roles. The series is intended to enrich the Shakespeare Allowed! experience through further exploration of the play for that month. All readings will be presented without rehearsal at noon at the Downtown Public Library!

The following is the King Lear cast: Continue reading

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Eddie George’s Second Act: 60 Minutes Sports to Air Profile February 5 on Showtime

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Eddie George (Othello) and Laura Crockarell (Desdemona). Photo by Rick Malkin/NSF

Eddie George (Othello) and Laura Crockarell (Desdemona). Photo by Rick Malkin/NSF

The question most asked of Eddie George throughout our run of Othello was “Why Shakespeare?” It’s a valid question. Why would a Heisman Trophy winner and former pro-football player choose to take on works that even an Oscar-winning actor would tell you are not for the faint of heart. The simple answer, as Eddie will tell you, is that he fell in love with it. The more complex answer is the subject of 60 MINUTES SPORTS Correspondent Armen Keteyian‘s report on Eddie’s remarkable reinvention into a Renaissance man premiering Wed. Feb. 5 at 9 p.m. CT only on SHOWTIME.

A force to be reckoned with on the football friend, Eddie George won the Heisman in 1995 in college, was awarded the designation of NFL rookie of the year, was a 4-time Pro-bowl selection in the NFL and led the Tennessee Titans to the Super Bowl. But then it ended. He was deeply depressed, he says, and used therapy to cope with it.

The experience helped him inhabit the role of Othello. Post NFL for him or post war for Othello, “Without that purpose, you’re just floundering in the wind.” Continue reading

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Congratulations Eddie George!

Eddie George is surprised at curtain call by  Dr. Bill Emendorfer, Executive Director of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Photo by Kelly Bullington

Eddie George is surprised at curtain call by Dr. Bill Emendorfer, Executive Director of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Photo by Kelly Bullington

At the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, we love a good surprise and last night’s announcement that Eddie George, star of our Winter Shakespeare production of Othello and former Tennessee Titans running back, was to be inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame was done with “pomp, with triumph, and with reveling” (to steal a phrase from Shakespeare) and surprise aplenty.

Eddie George was surprised at curtain call when Dr. Bill Emendorfer, Executive Director of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, announced his induction, scheduled for May 17th, 2014. We’re honored that Dr. Emendorfer chose to include us in this special moment. You can watch a brief video of the announcement below.

Congrats, Eddie!

Eddie George, NSF Artistic Director Denice Hicks and Dr. Bill Emendorfer, Executive Director of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

Eddie George, NSF Artistic Director Denice Hicks and Dr. Bill Emendorfer, Executive Director of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

Titans Online interviews Eddie George and Dr. Bill Emendorfer about the induction

Titans Online interviews Eddie George and Dr. Bill Emendorfer about the induction

For more information about Eddie George and his induction in the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, visit their website. Othello will run through February 2nd at Belmont University’s Troutt Theater. For more information and tickets visit or website or call (615) 852-6732.

 

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Volunteers Needed for Winter Shakes 2014

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The holiday season was a busy time for all of us. Among other things, there were (in the words of Andy Williams) “parties for hosting, marshmallows for roasting and caroling out in the snow,” and amidst all the hustle and bustle of December, we were busy planning for  Winter Shakespeare! Winter Shakespeare, held at Belmont University’s Troutt Theater, is our first production of 2014 and we need your help to make it a wonderful experience for everyone who attends. Continue reading

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