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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Third annual Davis Shakespeare Festival

Starting June 14, Davis Shakespeare Ensemble will be presenting Shakespeare’s Henry V. Directed by Rob Salas, this show will take place at the UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo.

For the first time in Davis Shakespeare Ensemble history, the shows will also be shown in Sacramento.

Henry V will be our first production to ever branch out to Sacramento,” said Katie Goehring, associate producer of Davis Shakespeare Ensemble. Not only will Davisites be able to enjoy this play about one of England’s legendary kings but, this year, Sacramento residents won’t have to leave their city to enjoy Shakespeare’s Henry V.

“The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble is a non-profit organization whose focus is to fill a hole present in the city of Davis,” Goehring said.
This year marks a year of change for the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, that, for the first time, held auditions for other people not involved in the group.

“This is the first year the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble has been trying to get more people involved,” Goehring said. They currently have a Shakespeare summer camp, for seven- to 15-year-olds, that is almost at full capacity.”

Goehring, who graduated from Chico State University in 2009, is currently a graduate student at UC Davis and has been friends with the founding managing director of the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, Stephanie Hankinson, since high school.

“I talked to Hankinson about the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble and wanted to produce,” Goehring said.

Salas, one of the artistic directors of the company, received his bachelor’s degree in English and dramatic arts from Harvard University. He has previously directed the Ensemble’s productions of Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night and Midsummer Night’s Dream, and this year will be directing Henry V.

With all the new changes the Ensemble has implemented, this year’s production of Henry V is unique, especially with the use of only five actors instead of the 13 in the original play.

“Everyone is playing about four to five parts in the show,” Goehring said.

Tickets are $12 for students and seniors, $10 for children 12 and under and $15 for adults. For more information about Henry V and the 2012 Festival visit shakespearedavis.com.

The shows will run Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. On June 14, all ticket prices will be $5 off and shows will run until July 1.

KARINA CONTRERAS can be reached at arts@theaggie.org.


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