FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  Date: January 10, 2002

                            Contact: Carly Shank, 206-6150

Sangamon Auditorium to offer master classes for high school students

SPRINGFIELD - "Shakespeare with The Acting Company" will be presented Saturday, February 9, at the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium.  In this program, members of The Acting Company will offer master classes and a workshop to high school students in connection with the company’s performance of The Taming of the Shrew, which will be presented at 8 p.m. that evening in the Auditorium.  The master classes and workshop will relate directly to the performance.

Participants will attend one of four 90-minute master classes taught by professional actors on topics including stage combat, comedy improvisation, acting clues in Shakespeare, and mask work.  The classes will be followed by a one-hour "page-to-stage" workshop with the actors.

Registration for "Shakespeare with The Acting Company" is $30, which includes a ticket to the evening’s show.  Deadline to register is Friday, February 1.  For a detailed brochure and registration form, contact the UIS Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160 or (800) 207-6960.  Ticket Office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Acting Company is America’s only nationally touring classical repertory theater.  Since 1972 the company has traveled over 500,000 miles through 48 states and nine other countries, performing a repertoire of 77 plays for more than two million people.  "Shakespeare with The Acting Company" is made possible in part by the Helen Hamilton Performing Arts Endowment for Youth Fund.