University of Evansville Theatre Receives Grant from the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana

Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre has received a grant from the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana for 1,200 free tickets for high school students in Vanderburgh County. The Department of Theatre will hold four special morning matinees specifically for high school freshmen studying Romeo and Juliet in English class. The performances are at 9 a.m. in Shanklin Theatre, Apr. 15 through 18.

One of William Shakespeare's most popular and well-known plays, Romeo and Juliet is set in the lush Italian city of Verona. This romantic tragedy features an adolescent couple inevitably drawn to one another, despite a deep-seated family feud. Rebelling against the demands of their kinsfolk, the teenagers wed in secrecy, and the repercussions disrupt the entire city and drag others into a vortex of misunderstandings and revengeful plots. Beloved and recognizable characters combine with exquisite and memorable poetry to make this particular Shakespearean play easily accessible and always an audience favorite. 

In addition, the grant provided funds to create a video study guide for classroom use. All four matinees have sold out to high schools in Vanderburgh County and the surrounding counties, ultimately serving over 1800 high school students.

Other performances of Romeo and Juliet include April 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20 at 7:30 p.m. and April 14 & 21 at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $14 for adults and $12 for senior adults, students and UE faculty. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12 noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488–2031, Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.

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