2019-2020 SchoolFest Season | Alabama Shakespeare Festival
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2019-2020 Student Matinees

All performances begin at 10:00 a.m. CT.

William Shakespeare’s

HAMLET

September 3, 4, 6, 13, 19, 24, 25 | October 1, 2, 3
Octagon Stage | 2 hours 45 minutes, plus intermission

Best enjoyed by students grades 9 and up.

Having returned to Denmark to attend his father’s funeral, Prince Hamlet is shocked to find his mother already remarried—to his father’s brother, Claudius. Worse still, Claudius has had himself crowned king even though Hamlet is heir to the throne. No wonder Hamlet is depressed and suspects foul play. Shakespeare’s greatest play is performed by four actors from Bedlam, the acclaimed New York City theatre company.

SAINT JOAN

by George Bernard Shaw

September 10, 11, 18 | October 4
Octagon Stage | 2 hours 45 minutes, plus intermission

Best enjoyed by students grades 9 and up.

In this epic story, George Bernard Shaw paints Joan of Arc not as a saint, witch, or madwoman, but as a farm girl who is an illiterate intellectual yet true genius whose focus on the individual rocked the Church and State to their core. Led by director Eric Tucker, four actors perform over 25 roles in the Bedlam theatre company’s riveting, stripped-down production.

PIPELINE

By Dominique Morisseau

October 22 & 23
Octagon Stage | 1 hour, 40 minutes; no intermission

Best enjoyed by students grades 11 and 12, as well as those in college.  

Omari’s parents send him to a private boarding school far from the failing neighborhood school where his mother teaches, so why is he suddenly threatened with expulsion, even prosecution? Dominique Morisseau’s insightful play pursues the quest for answers and explores how fraught yet crucial the minefield of learning is in today’s society. Produced in partnership with Equal Justice Initiative.

William Shakespeare’s

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

October 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31 | November 1
Festival Stage | 75 minutes; no intermission

Best enjoyed by students grades 5 and up. 

“Lord, what fools these mortals be!” – Act 3, Scene 2
Deep in a wondrous forest, it’s a wild night for all as we dive into Shakespeare’s unforgettable vision of ludicrous longing, lively language, and lasting love. Let your heart delight in this hilarious and magical romance that proves the course of true love never did run smooth.

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER

By Barbara Robinson

*December 5, 10, 12, 17, 18
Festival Stage | 70 minutes; no intermission

Best enjoyed by students grades 3 through 7.  

In this hilarious holiday classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids — probably the most mischievous and troublesome kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem — and the fun — when the Herdmans collide head-on with Christmas!

*LIMITED AVAILABILITY.

ALL IS CALM: The Christmas Truce of 1914

By Peter Rothstein | Vocal Arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach

December 10, 11, 17, 18, 19
Octagon Stage | 80 minutes; no intermission

Best enjoyed by students grades 8 and up.  

A remarkable true story from the Western Front, Christmas, 1914. In a silence amid the combat, a German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, and peace told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.

Dr. Seuss’s

THE CAT IN THE HAT

January: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
Festival Stage | 50 minutes; no intermission

Best enjoyed by students grades K4 through 1. 

From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears, his mischievous antics begin! With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in the Hat, the fun’s never done!

AND THEN THEY CAME FOR ME: Remembering the World of Anne Frank

By James Still

February 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Festival Stage | 1 hour; no intermission

Best enjoyed by students grades 7 and up.  

And Then They Came for Me is a multimedia play that features footage of interviews of Holocaust survivors Eva Schloss and Ed Silverberg alongside enactments by live actors of Eva’s, Ed’s, and Anne Frank’s experiences. Part oral history, part action, part remembrance, it is acclaimed by audiences and critics in productions worldwide.

THE AGITATORS

By Mat Smart

February 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13
Octagon Stage | 2 hours, plus intermission

Best enjoyed by students grades 9 and up.  

The Agitators examines the friendship and occasional rivalry between two American champions of freedom and equality — Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, then known as revolutionaries, now seen as icons. Theirs is a story of defiance, rebellion, and revolution. They agitated the nation. They agitated each other. They changed the course of history.

RUBY: The Story of Ruby Bridges

By Christina M. Ham | Music by Gary Rue

March 4, 5, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 20
Festival Stage | 1 hour; no intermission

Best enjoyed by students grades 5 through 9.  

Ruby Bridges was six years old when the civil rights movement came hammering at her door — choosing her as the first African-American child to integrate an all-white elementary school in the South. This play with music explores a little girl’s unbeatable courage in the face of adversity as she helped lead a movement up the front steps and into the classrooms of her elementary school in New Orleans. Produced in collaboration with Montgomery Public Schools.

ALABAMA STORY

By Kenneth Jones

March 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19
Octagon Stage | 2 hours, plus intermission

Best enjoyed by students grades 6 and up. 

In 1950s Montgomery, Alabama, a fight over a controversial children’s book — in which a black rabbit marries a white rabbit — pits one courageous librarian against a segregationist state senator. Meanwhile, childhood friends reunite, only to be caught up in the political and racial tensions of the time. Inspired by true events, this drama explores tests of character and emotions that reshaped our nation.

William Shakespeare’s

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

Adapted by Sean Graney

April 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 24
Festival Stage | 1 hour, 40 minutes; no intermission

Best enjoyed by students grades 9 and up. 

Innovative director Sean Graney reimagines Shakespeare’s funniest farce about the craziest family reunion ever. Audiences will experience the wildly entertaining tale of a man (Antipholus) and his servant (Dromio) who arrive in Ephesus while searching for their long-lost twin brothers. Everywhere they go, strangers greet them as if they’re old friends. In the end, chaos gives way to clarity in this comedy filled with mayhem and madness. The Comedy of Errors is a theatrical event full of energetic slapstick and lyrical comedy, performed by six actors.

I AND YOU

By Lauren Gunderson

April 21, 22, 23, 29 | May 1
Octagon Stage | 90 minutes; no intermission

Best enjoyed by students grades 11 and 12. 

“Every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you…”  – Walt Whitman
The unexpected bursts into Caroline’s bedroom in the form of her classmate Anthony, carrying waffle fries, Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and poster board for an English project due tomorrow. Her sarcasm bred of homebound illness confronts his committed, athletic zeal, as their unlikely friendship slowly deciphers Whitman’s essence in this funny, engaging play.