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Principia College’s Theatre and Dance Department will perform Shakespeare’s "The Taming of the Shrew" Nov. 12–14. The production will be staged in the college’s recently renovated Robert Duvall Theatre in the McVay Center for the Performing Arts. The performance will be livestreamed through OnTheStage.com.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, and Friday, Nov. 13; and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.  

Tickets are available at www.our.show/Shrew2020. In lieu of a printed playbill, cast and creative bios can be read online. Tickets for a limited number of physical, socially distanced seats are $10. Livestream access is $10 per person or $25 per family if multiple people in a household plan to watch. After purchasing livestream tickets, a link to access the performance will be emailed. For a more theaterlike experience, livestream viewers are encouraged to connect their computer to a television.  

Eight Principia students (mostly theater majors), one college faculty member, and several Principia alumni comprise the cast. Originally, these students were scheduled to study abroad in England and Scotland this semester, with plans to present the play after returning. Current travel restrictions forced an adjustment to the plan — after all, the show must go on!

A special Arts Block of on-campus, theater-specific coursework was developed for the students. The cast participated in virtual workshops, including several led by professionals at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre education program in London. Despite knowing they will be performing to a nearly empty auditorium, the cast is appreciative of the opportunity for a larger audience via the livestream.  

“It is really important for performing artists to know their work is reaching someone,” show director and Principia College Associate Professor of Theatre Chrissy Calkins Steele says. “Their work is entertaining, but there is more to it than that. There’s a message (the actors) are trying to get across . . . dealing with issues that we feel are relevant now. Feeling that they are sharing that message with a wider audience is very empowering for young artists.”

Tickets to Principia’s production of "The Taming of the Shrew" are on sale now.

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