Remember those long nights reading Hamlet for English class and thinking anything would be better than reading Hamlet? Thankfully, most of us got over that first impression and found the joy of Shakespeare while spending long, luxurious evenings on the grass at Idaho Shakespeare Festival, lingering over picnic dinners, bottles of vino and live entertainment.
The Shakespeare Festival folks are looking for help to make sure that it stays that way. The ISF School of Theater is holding a benefit Thursday, March 7, at the Linen Building to help fund its programs that bring Shakespeare into public schools.
The event features short Shakespearean performances, a live auction, appetizers and a no-host bar. Partygoers can bid on the chance to win a private performance from the school, a center box at the ISF apprentice showcase, or to have his or her name used in some way in that showcase performance.
For 36 seasons, ISF has presented the great playwright's works on stage, but it has also put its resources to work raising interest in Shakespeare in schools across the Intermountain West. Through its two school tours—Shakespearience and Idaho Theater for Youth—the festival reaches 50,000 students, including many in small, underserved communities.
These programs reach 73 percent of school districts in Idaho, as well as parts of Oregon and Nevada. Proceeds from the fundraiser go toward helping ISF keep theater arts programming integrated in school curricula.
If you're looking to drink to live entertainment for a good cause—and who isn't?—this is one benefit it would be a tragedy to miss.