Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

05/17-05/18/2013 Riotous Youth presents Lovers and Madmen: An Evening of Shakespeare and Song

Revel with Us During a Carnival of Shakespeare and Song

Experience the Best of the Bard with Riotous Youth’s Lovers and Madmen

Come one, come all to Lovers and Madmen: An Evening of Shakespeare and Song, presented by Maryland Shakespeare Festival’s Riotous Youth. Step right up and join the journey to meet some of Shakespeare’s most notable lovers, madmen—and characters who might just be both. Let us enchant you, captivate you, and transport you through scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and more, punctuated by an assortment of musical delights.

This carnival of scenes and songs is a first for the Riotous Youth. Rather than produce one of Shakespeare’s classic plays in its entirety, as they usually do, this spring the company devised its own combination of scenes to highlight the best of the Bard’s characters—and to allow the actors to develop a deeper connection to Shakespeare’s words and stories.

The Riotous Youth program puts classic plays into the hands of Maryland youth, ages 11 to 18. During the 12-week workshop process, they learn to channel their own truth and experience into Shakespeare’s language and to bring the words to life with the uninhibited energy of youth. Students discover what it takes to put on a production while exploring the beauty, versatility, and meaning of Shakespeare’s language.

You’ll have just three chances to catch this Riotous Youth carnival before it departs. Lovers and Madmen: An Evening of Shakespeare and Song will be presented on Friday, May 17, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 106 W. Church St., Frederick, MD 21701. The audience is invited to stay for a post-show discussion with the actors and directors following the Saturday matinee performance. Tickets are $10. To purchase tickets in advance, click here or call 301-668-4090. See you at the show!

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