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Author: Heidi Schmidt

Colorado Shakespeare Festival to host young shakespeareans on May 14

Local elementary students will perform ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ at University Theatre as part of CSF’s annual Will Power Festival

BOULDER, Colo. — Each year, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival hosts the Will Power
Festival, which offers students from six Boulder-area schools the opportunity to collaborate on
a Shakespeare play.

Students from Crest View Elementary, Douglass Elementary, Whittier Elementary, Friends’
School, Lafayette Elementary School and Running River School will participate in the May 14
event in the University Theater on the University of Colorado Boulder campus.

Each school has prepared one section of the play, which they will perform in the University
Theatre. Teachers trained with Kevin Rich, assistant professor of theater at CU Boulder, to
help them understand the plot, characters and themes of “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” the same title
that opens CSF’s 61st season on June 9. Each classroom also worked with CSF Teaching Artist
Sean Scrutchins, who will appear in the CSF acting company this season.

“We love the Will Power Festival, because it encourages collaboration, cooperation and
creativity, and that’s what theater is all about,” says Amanda Giguere, director of outreach for
CSF. “We’ll see students and teachers from across the Boulder Valley School District working
together to tell a single story.”

The performance will be at 10:30 a.m. It is free and open to the public.

CSF’s professional company will open on June 9 with “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” directed by
Brendon Fox.