VERMILLION, S.D. | A group of 14 University of South Dakota theater students in Chaya Gordon-Bland’s Acting Shakespeare class will be getting their show on the road as a community-based learning and research project embedded in the course.

The tour, part of the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF), recently completed its first set of performances at the Wagner Community School and Minnehaha Juvenile Detention Center. Next week, they will visit the Flandreau Indian School. 

The performances include five scenes from “Romeo and Juliet,” “Hamlet,” “Macbeth” and “Julius Caesar." Each stop on the tour also includes workshops taught by USD students.

The tour is directed by Gordon-Bland, an associate professor of theatre at USD and the managing director of the SDSF.

Rebecca Bailey, who recently received her master's degree at USD, serves as co-director. Associate professor of theatre Scott Mollman is the production manager and assistant professor of theatre Caitlin Quinn is the costume designer.

Acting in the tour are USD students Tabitha Bass, Daniel Frye, Tess Jones, Alyeska Krull, Katie Meirose, Shekendra Morgan, Alex Newcomb-Weiland, Isaac Otterman, Becca Schuster, Rachel Smith, Alexondrea ThongVanh, Andrea Tostado, Austin Vetter, and Drake Zuschlag.

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