Youth Shakespeare Festival launches!

It was a classic Santa Fe summer evening—blue skies and warm sun, shifting to a breeze that promised rain. Joe Farkas manned The Mermaid Tavern’s impressive gas grill, dishing up burgers, sausages and chicken. Robin Williams made a delectable fruit pie. 

Leslie Hale of Santa Fe Prep, Kathleen Phelan, Alicia Fritz, and David Miles of Santa Fe Indian School, joined Peggy Laurel, Breshaun Joyner, Robin Williams, John Tollett, Joe Farkas, Anna Farkas, and Caryl Farkas in discussing plans for the schools’ participation in the  ISC’s Youth Shakespeare Festival. Dana Darby Johnson of ATC, Joey Chavez of NMSA, and Chase Morrison of St. Michael's missed out on an amazing afternoon but are on board for the Festival.

Watching performances by Upstart Crows of Santa Fe

Watching performances by Upstart Crows of Santa Fe

Educators, peach pie, and ice cream—a can't-miss combination

Educators, peach pie, and ice cream—a can't-miss combination

After dinner, Upstart Crows of Santa Fe’s Sterling White, Olivia White, Elizabeth Van Dyke, Joy Farkas, and Anna Farkas performed scenes from As You Like It, 1 Henry IV, Hamlet, and Julius Caesar. In true Crows style, they got their scenes in the morning and had them ready to go by 7 p.m. 

Olivia White as Falstaff, Joy Farkas as Prince Hal, Elizabeth Van dyke and Sterling White as Eastcheap tavern guests. in a scene from King Henry IV, Part 1

Olivia White as Falstaff, Joy Farkas as Prince Hal, Elizabeth Van dyke and Sterling White as Eastcheap tavern guests. in a scene from King Henry IV, Part 1

Anna Farkas, Elizabeth Van Dyke, and Olivia White as Ophelia, Laertes, and Polonius,  in a scene from Hamlet.

Anna Farkas, Elizabeth Van Dyke, and Olivia White as Ophelia, Laertes, and Polonius,  in a scene from Hamlet.

Anna Farkas and Elizabeth Van Dyke

Anna Farkas and Elizabeth Van Dyke

The evening wound up with discussions of various film versions of Shakespearean plays—a little geeky, but that’s pretty much how we all roll.

Looking forward to working with these enthusiastic high school teachers and more from ATC, NMSA and St. Michael's in preparing the fall program.