Shakespeare Family Festival comes to Pequot Library

April Fools’ Day! What Fools These Mortals Be . . . If they don’t come to the Revelry! On Friday, April 1, from 4:15-7:30 p.m. there will be an afternoon and evening of Shakespeare-related activities sure to delight the whole family at Pequot Library. The Shakespeare Family Festival kicks off with an author talk for kids, followed by a sword fighting demonstration plus explanation of medieval weaponry.

Elise Broach

Elise Broach

The festival continues with songs and monologues performed by Greens Farms Academy and King School students (including “Twelfth Night”). There will be hands-on art projects and interactive acting mini-workshops throughout the evening and free Shake Shack custard, with the first 100 attendees receiving free gift certificates for a Shake Shack shake. Medieval-inspired food will also be available for purchase.

Tickets to the Shakespeare Family Festival are $10 per person/$35 max per family.

Christy Ottaviano

Christy Ottaviano

The festival starts with Elise Broach in a Meet the Author, Jr. program. Broach is the author of Shakespeare’s Secret, and will present from 4:30-5:30 p.m. She will discuss the Shakespeare authorship question and the writing of her book. She is the author of 20 books for children. Shakespeare’s Secret was an Edgar Award Nominee for Best Juvenile Mystery, an ALA Notable Book, and an IRA Teacher’s Choice selection. Broach will discuss the editing process and the creation of her book along with her publisher, Christy Ottaviano of Christy Ottaviano Books, a part of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. Ottaviano is the editor of many bestselling books for young readers. This program is good for grades 4-7, and books will be available for purchase and signing.

The festival continues! Sword fighting demonstration/explanation, and songs and monologues performed by Greens Farms Academy and King School students (including “Twelfth Night”). Stephen Stout, Director of Theatre Programs at Greens Farms Academy says, “Greens Farms Academy upper school will do four numbers from ‘Illyria’ adapted by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The story is about twins tragically separated in a shipwreck, each assuming the other lost in the roiling waves. The young lady assumes her twin brothers’ identity by dressing as him. She falls in love with a Duke, who falls in love with a Countess, who falls for the cross-dressing young lady. Tangled web? You bet! One of the best plot twists in theatrical history. Romantic knots abound and only a writer like Shakespeare can untangle them, with the help of a clever musical score and lyrics to match. This will be combined with Shakespeare monologues from the King School, with an emphasis on Twelfth Night, plus a showcase of weapons from the world of stage combat with a potential demonstration in the works. Come to Pequot Library for this wonderful celebration of the greatest English playwright of all time!”

Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: 203-259-0346, ext. 15. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

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