July 28th, 2021 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
This annual event has become a must-see each summer. Filled with humor and surprises, the theme for 2021 is Revivals. After having to close for over a year, TSF is ready to revive this much loved event with a line-up of songs chosen from popular revivals of the stage and screen. Due to high demand, we have added a matinee performance allowing double the amount of attendees. Tickets to the Talent Showcase are not included in the Season Ticket package.
TALK BACKS & PANELS
After each opening night, the artists will assemble onstage for a talkback. In addition, you can join TSF associates and a panel of artists on Saturday mornings for a lively discussion of the previous night’s play at the Old Historic Post Office located at 500 N. Kilgore Street in Kilgore. Admission is free and discussions last for about an hour.
Romeo & Juliet Panel- Saturday July 10th at 11:00
Book of Will Panel- Saturday July 17th at 11:00
Merry Wives Panel- Saturday July 24th at 11:00
Bridges Panel- Saturday July 31st at 11:00
CHINESE THEATRE NIGHT
July 27th, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Since 2009, the Texas Shakespeare Festival has had the pleasure of hosting a group of theatre artists from Chongqing and Shanghai, China. Each year we celebrate their work and get a glimpse into their artistic process with an original piece premiered at the Texas Shakespeare Festival. Admission to this performance is free but reservations are required. We invite the audience to join the company for a post-performance reception.
Please note that due to the uncertainty of international travel due to Covid-19, this event is pending.
Throughout July, after each matinee performance
View the magic of repertory theatre as the TSF crew transforms the stage from one play into another. After every matinee performance the audience is invited to watch technical crews changeover the set and lights for the evening performance. A Texas Shakespeare Festival company member will informally narrate each changeover. Admission is free. No tickets are needed for this event. If you are in the audience for a matinee performance, stay in your seat and watch the magic happen as the audience begins to clear away.
Open to Availability
Go behind the curtain of the Texas Shakespeare Festival’s performance space. Tour the backstage area, dressing rooms, and scene shop at the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Center, or the Festival Center where the company rehearsal halls and offices are. Available during the months of May, June, and July. Tours cost $5 and last about 45 minutes. Call the TSF Box Office at (903) 983-8601 to reserve a spot.
Always open for a stroll
A garden filled with flowers, shrubs, herbs and trees mentioned in William Shakespeare’s plays is a new addition to the East Texas area. Appropriately named the Texas Shakespeare Garden, it is located just north of the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Center on the Kilgore College Campus.Kilgore Improvement and Beautification Association member Nelda Lewis provided the original inspiration for the garden. Ms. Lewis researched the project for two years, making sure it is as authentic as possible, and she also gave the first donation to the project. The Kilgore Improvement and Beautification Association has donated the garden to Kilgore College and dedicated it to Texas Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Raymond Caldwell.
BARD & BREAKFAST TEACHER WORKSHOP
July 1st-July 4th, 2021
Go behind the scenes with the Texas Shakespeare Festival and engage in a variety of hands-on exercises, discussions, Q&A Panels, and demonstrations to create a well-rounded approach to teaching the fine arts. Earn 30 CPE hours, see four professional productions, work with professional artists, and develop new strategies for teaching.
STUDENT ACTING WORKSHOP
July 20th-July 25th, 2021
Immerse yourself in the life of a professional actor as you live and train amongst the Texas Shakespeare Festival Company. This 6 day workshop is designed for the student who is serious about taking their work to the next level and seeing what life as a professional actor is really like. Cost includes show tickets, housing, and all meals. The workshop culminates in a showcase performance free to your family and friends.