Shakespeare returns to Kingman

'Taming of the Shrew' production coming this week

A scene from the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 Shakespeare-in-the-Schools production shows the high energy level of The Taming of the Shrew. (Karl Hugh/Utah Shakespeare Festival)

A scene from the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 Shakespeare-in-the-Schools production shows the high energy level of The Taming of the Shrew. (Karl Hugh/Utah Shakespeare Festival)

KINGMAN - The Utah Shakespeare Festival's Education Tour will be returning to Kingman after a hiatus of about 10 years to perform "The Taming of the Shrew."

The one-day event is part of the festival's 13-week tour from January through April visiting schools, community centers and correctional facilities across Utah, Nevada and Arizona.

The 10-member group of professionals based in Cedar City, Utah, will give about 65 performances to more than 25,000 students at 150 schools.

In Kingman, it will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium at Lee Williams High School.

The lobby opens at 6 p.m. for the 75-minute play, and seating in the auditorium begins at 6:30 p.m. The event, which includes complete costumes, sets and theatrical lighting, is free to the public but donations are strongly encouraged.

The visit is co-sponsored by the Kingman Unified School District's Positive Alternative Campus and by LWHS.

"We don't have a theater in Kingman where the arts can be displayed, but we do have this wonderful group coming back to Kingman to help create interest in the arts," said Jennifer Potter, coordinator of several Positive Alternative Campus programs.

"We're hoping people here will come out and support them so this can be an annual event here. I am super-excited to have them back in Kingman."

The festival originally visited Kingman years ago when Hilda Aguilar, a former drama teacher at Kingman High School for 27 years, brought it here. But when Aguilar died in 2003, no one followed up on the festival's return. Potter, who had been attending Camp Shakespeare in Utah with her husband since 2006, contacted the festival in August to see if Kingman could be added to the tour again.

Potter wanted to honor Aguilar and Michael Flachmann, who created Camp Shakespeare, with the Kingman performance. The visit also will include a show and discussion about the arts in the morning for KUSD staff and students, and three student workshops in the afternoon - Performing Shakespeare's Text, Character Development through Improv and Stage Combat.

The festival's production of "The Taming of the Shrew" is part of "Shakespeare in American Communities: Shakespeare for a New Generation," sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest.

For more information, call Potter at (928) 753-8417.