Rock Valley Colleges (RVC) Studio Theatre kicks off its 2005-06 season with its annual Shakespeare Festival and Renaissance Faire, Wednesday, Sept. 21.
This years offering is the Bards tragic drama of star-crossed young lovers Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, whose families have been bitter enemies for generations.
In addition to the intimate setting of the Studio stage during regular season performances, Studio will also present this play during the daylight on weekdays in the Bengt Sjostrom Theatre, with the same cast but entirely different staging and production.
Each year, the Studio Theatre presents a William Shakespeare classic, including King Lear, Richard III, Macbeth, and Henry IV Part I. Performances are held in the Colleges Studio Theatre and are chosen for their value as dramatic literature with an eye to expanding the range of theatrical offerings in the community. The show runs Sept. 21-Oct. 1. For tickets or additional information, call the RVC Box Office, (815) 921-2160 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Its great to have choices. So see this performance in the Bengt Sjostrom Theatre or see it in the Studio Theatrejust see it!
During the fall and spring semesters, RVC sponsors a Studio Theatre program, which gives students and amateur actors in the area a chance to perform with guest professionals. This years lineup includes The Christmas Schooner, a critically acclaimed holiday musical, in November and December. In February, The Mayor of West Belvidere, part of the Original Works Program, is about a newly-elected mayor who starts her first term and how she deals with the challenges of running a city that keeps shooting itself in the foot. Written in 1938 and adapted for the stage in 1945 is Agatha Christies Appointment with Death, taking the stage in April.
Anne E. OKeefe is executive director of the Rockford Area Arts Council.
From the Sept. 21-27, 2005, issue