Sue Lister | March 13, 2017
“Within this hour it will be dinner-time; Till that, I’ll view the manners of the town, Peruse the traders, gaze upon the buildings, And then return and sleep within mine inn; For with long travel I am stiff and weary.” — From William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors”
Seventeen local youth Shakespeare performers will make a memorable “long travel” of their own this summer when they fly to England to perform at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s New Place in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The students are members of the University of Notre Dame Robinson Shakespeare Company (RSC) at the Robinson Community Learning Center and have been invited to perform during the historic 400th anniversary celebration of the playwright’s life. In Stratford and London from July 26 through Aug. 3, the RSC will perform Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline.”
The invitation came after the troupe garnered global attention in Shakespeare circles from attendees of the annual Shakespeare Theatre Association conference that was held at Notre Dame last summer.
“At the Shakespeare Theatre Association conference, our students gave a workshop on the benefits of working as an ensemble to a room of Shakespeare experts from around the world,” explained RCLC manager Jennifer Knapp Beudert. “One of the attendees, Mya Gosling from Good Tickle Brain and 3 Panel Plays, later wrote, ‘The highlight of the conference for me was meeting members of the Robinson Shakespeare Company. If this is the next generation of Shakespeare practitioners, all I can say is that Shakespeare is in good hands.’ From that endorsement, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust contacted us to perform at New Place, and we are humbled and thrilled to receive the invitation.”