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2010.03.16 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Shakespeare on the Green to Offer Musical Adaptation of 'Verona'

Omaha - Nebraska Shakespeare will celebrate young love this summer with its productions of “Romeo and Juliet” and a musical adaptation of “Two Gentlemen of Verona.”

The outdoor performances are part of this year’s Shakespeare on the Green. For the first time in its 24-year history, Nebraska Shakespeare will produce a musical – “Two Gentlemen of Verona” – as part of the annual event.

“Two Gentlemen of Verona” runs June 24 through 27, and July 8 and 10. “Romeo and Juliet” runs July 1 through 4, 9 and 11.

The family-friendly performances begin at 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public at Elmwood Park, adjacent to the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early with picnic baskets, blankets and chairs for a good spot on the “green.”

Activities begin around 6 p.m. at the Towne Square, featuring live music, concessions and souvenirs. Nightly preshow seminars will feature artists and scholars discussing Shakespeare in general and festival productions in particular at 6:30 p.m.

This is Nebraska Shakespeare’s third production of “Romeo and Juliet,” last produced by the company in 2000. A. Bryan Humphrey, known to festival audiences for his work as an actor in several Shakespeare on the Green productions, is directing. Directing the musical is William Roudebush.

In its 24-year history, Shakespeare on the Green has gained national recognition for its consistently high-quality productions, the beauty of the Elmwood Park setting and for steadily growing and enthusiastic audiences.

Thanks to a core group of benefactors, volunteers and skilled artists, Shakespeare on the Green has become a summer tradition for the people of Omaha and the Great Plains region, drawing as many as 35,000 people each season. The festival owes its existence to a dedicated group of local corporations, foundations and private individuals, along with its unique partnerships with UNO, Creighton University, the City of Omaha, the Omaha Parks Department, the Douglas County Tourism Division and the Nebraska Arts Council.

Festival organizers will also host the third annual Will’s Best Friend Dog Contest Sunday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m. at Elmwood Park, sponsored by PETCO.

For more information visit www.nebraskashakespeare.com or call (402) 280-2391 or (402) 554-3072.

Auditions for Crab the Dog April 10 at Creighton University
Nebraska Shakespeare will hold auditions for the role of Crab the dog in “Two Gentlemen of Verona.” Auditions run from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 10 at Creighton University’s Lied Center, 24th and Cass Streets.

The dog must be trained for basic commands. Festival organizers are looking for a large-sized canine. Crab will be on stage multiple times and stationary about three minutes in one scene. All large breeds are encouraged to enter; character is everything.

Rehearsals are June 18 through 23. The dog needs to be available each day, with hours determined at a later date. Performance dates are June 24 through 27, July 8 and 10.

To apply, send an email to nmaccallum@nebraskashakespeare.com or call (402) 556-4396.

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