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Red Pank Patch: Big Celebration Planned For 'Little Shakes' Red Bank Theater Program

by Pat McDaniel

RED BANK, NJ — Two River Theater invites the public to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the youth education program A Little Shakespeare with a special film screening of NJ PBS’s “Here’s The Story: Much Ado,” starring the cast and creative team from Two River’s 2022 production of “A Little Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing”

The showing is Friday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at the theater.

The film screening will be followed by a Q&A onstage with special guests and a post-show reception in Two River Theater’s lobby.

“We are thrilled to celebrate 10 years of Little Shakes, the students, the directors, the audiences,” says Director of Education Kate Cordaro. “This program has introduced thousands of student audiences to Shakespeare’s plays and we are honored to take a look back in this way as we move forward into the next phase of Two River Theater. The evening will be a fun party for a good cause.”

NJ PBS’s “Here’s the Story” is produced by visual storyteller Steve Rogers and his crew, who seek out extraordinary tales of extraordinary people in New Jersey.

In this 30-minute episode, dedicated to “A Little Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing,” they follow the cast and crew of the show from beginning to end, spotlighting local New Jersey students navigating auditions, rehearsals and opening night. You’ll hear from the students in one-on-one interviews about their excitement, what they learned, and making life-long friends along the way.

The celebration continues after the screening with a Q&A and after-party to celebrate10 years of A Little Shakespeare, all to benefit Two River’s Education programs and support the official return of student matinee performances during the 2022/23 season.

Learn more at https://tworivertheater.org/whats-on/little-shakes-big-celebration/.

Tickets are $65, sponsorship packages are $500 to $1,000. Tickets and sponsorships are on sale now. Call 732-345-1400 or visit tworivertheater.org. For tickets and information about sponsorships and underwriting opportunities, contact Katie Benson at 732-345-1400 ext. 1817 or kbenson@trtc.org.

This funding will help thousands of students see the theater’s shows, including the next production of “A Little Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet,” performing Dec. 2 to 11. Many student matinee attendees are seeing theater for the first time and benefit from free tickets and bus transportation.