Ithaca College Theatre Students Create 'Much Ado About Outreach'

ITHACA, NY — This spring, Ithaca College Theatre students have created programs that reach out to Ithaca youth by teaching Shakespeare’s plays and also promoting IC Theatre’s current production of “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Shakespeare’s plays can be difficult for young people to understand and can result in their dismissing them. IC junior Jenna Grossman believes that this situation can change. She has assembled a team of college students who are committed to teaching workshops that allow the participants to get an insider’s look on how to read Shakespeare’s text and have fun at the same time. The team came up with a rubric that consists of theater games and text analysis, as well as a Shakespearian insult showdown.

In addition to leading the workshops, the college students created a study guide (found at /hs/depts/theatre/main/Muchado/) and arranged for a talkback and backstage tour following the 2 p.m. performance of “Much Ado About Nothing” on Saturday, May 1. This effort gives IC students the opportunity to gain active theater education experience and give back to the Ithaca Community. Grossman hopes to continue the program in the fall 2010 semester, linking text-based workshops with IC Theatre’s 2010-2011 main stage season.

Performances of “Much Ado About Nothing” will be held in the Hoerner Theatre at Dillingham Center on April 29, and 30 and May 1 at 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees offered on May 1 and 2.

Ticket prices for “Much Ado About Nothing” range from $4.50 to $10 and can be purchased in person at the Ithaca College box office in Dillingham Center or by calling the box office at (607) 274-3224. Tickets may also be purchased at Ticket Center Ithaca by calling (607) 273-4497 or online at Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Dillingham is now handicap accessible. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (607) 274-3224. Requests for accommodations should be made as soon as possible.

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