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Shakespeare on the Greene opens April 22

Released: 04/12/2005

Shakespeare-on-the-Greene, a celebration of Renaissance, will be held Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, at LSU Alexandria.

The festival will be from 3-7:30 p.m. on Friday and from 1-4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Festival-goers are invited to dress in period costumes and take part in the daily parade. This is a family event, and there is no admission to attend.

The afternoon will include various activities including food booths, art demonstrations, live music and local acts, belly dancers, jewelry vendors and crafts. The Children’s Village will offer various activities for youths.

The festival will conclude each day with LSU Alexandria’s Empty Space Players’ production of “The Winter’s Tale,” a Shakespearean play directed by Jack Wann. Performances will be on the campus lawn. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Festival-goers also will have the chance to participate in several other major events that will be happening on campus during Shakespeare-on-the-Greene.

<strong>Yanni Exhibit</strong>

The University Gallery is hosting an exhibit of sculpture by renowned contemporary Greek artist Yanni Souvatzoglou. The son of a Greek cotton merchant, Souvatzoglou began his art studies in Athens at an early age. He entered his first junior exhibition at age 12, receiving favorable reviews for his paintings. He continued his formal studies, combining his abilities and interests in both graphic art and photography. It is then that he began to develop a process of three-dimensional imagery that would become the basis of his mature artistic style.

Today, Souvatzoglou works primarily as a sculptor. His media includes clay, bronze, silver, gold, stone, marble and Plexiglas. His sculptures depict athletes, dancers, philosophers and even ordinary people in motion.

The exhibit will run through May 19. The works will be available for purchase. The University Gallery will be open during the Shakespeare-on-the-Green festival. Regular gallery hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The curator is Professor Roy V. de Ville.

<strong>Theatre for Young Audiences</strong>

An LSU Alexandria theatre class will present plays for children of all ages at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the Barbara Brumfield Caffey Annex. “Courtroom Trauma” was written and directed by Rhonda Shook, an assistant professor of speech and theatre.

In “Courtroom Trauma,” Sir Valiant Singebottom and Damsel N. Distress are suing the fire-breathing Dragon for malicious mischief and reckless endangerment. Troll Underbridge is suing the Billy Goats Gruff for defamation of character. The plays, while written for young audiences, have an appeal for all ages. The performers will meet and greet the audience after the show. Admission is free.

<strong>Library Book Sale</strong>

Friends of the James C. Bolton Library’s annual book sale will take place outside the library during Shakespeare-on-the-Green. Stop by to find good deals on books, movies or CDs. All proceeds will go to the Friends of the James C. Bolton Library to help pay for needs that are not funded by tuition or the state.