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Shakespeare-on-the-Greene festival opens April 28

Released: 04/20/2006

LSU Alexandria’s annual Shakespeare-on-the-Greene Renaissance festival will be held Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29.

The festival will be from 2-7:30 p.m. on Friday and from 1-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, with all activities on the campus grounds. Festival-goers are invited to dress in period costumes and take part in a 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 festival will conclude each day with an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” directed by Richard Gwartney. The play runs nightly beginning April 27 and concluding on April 29.

The official poster of this year’s festival was designed by Grace Christian School student Aimee Preuett, an 11th-grader from Dry Prong. Aimee won the poster contest which was open to area high school and college students. Grace Christian School is located in Alexandria. All 14 entries will be displayed during the festival.

Festival-goers also will have the chance to participate in several other events during Shakespeare-on-the-Greene.

Theatre for Young Audiences

An LSU Alexandria theatre class will present a play for children of all ages. The play “Intervention” is billed as a “feminist deconstruction of the fairy tale princess” and is written and directed by Rhonda Shook, an assistant professor of speech and theatre. Performances will be in Room 205 of the Fitness Center on campus. It premiers at 11 a.m. on April 26. Additional performances are at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, April 28, during the festival. Call 473-6573 or 473-6581 for more details.

Library Book Sale

The university library, the James C. Bolton Library, will have its annual book sale from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday. Stop by to find good deals on books, movies and CDs. 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.

Art exhibit

A retrospective exhibit of Louisiana landscape painters titled “Everybody Who Was Anybody” will be on display at the LSUA University Gallery during the festival. The exhibit opens with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28.

This exhibit represents a collaborative venture, drawing from the permanent collections of both LSUA and the Alexandria Museum of Art. It represents a period from the early 20th century to the early 21st century, showing both the beauty and tragedy of the Louisiana landscape. All six artists are from Louisiana. They are Roy de Ville, Bill Iles, Larry Leach, Rhea Gary, Elemore Morgan and Allison Stewart.