VERMILLION --- The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF) has announced it will present present Shakespeare’s "The Winter’s Tale" June 9-12 in Vermillion’s Prentis Park.

"The Winter’s Tale," a late Shakespeare play, features elements of heart-wrenching drama, pastoral comedy, and giddy romance. The production will feature an all-star artistic team of seasoned professionals hired from competitive national and regional markets, combined with younger professionals drawn from USD’s Theatre program.

The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF) is a professional, non-profit theatre company that is supported in collaboration with USD’s College of Fine Arts and Department of Theatre, and produced by Coyoteopoly, an interdisciplinary service-learning company designed and operated by students to reinforce classroom learning in USD’s Beacom School of Business.

The mission of the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is to increase the cultural, artistic and educational offerings of the state of South Dakota and surrounding regions through professional Shakespeare performances and arts education events delivered in a lively and accessible format. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Chaya Gordon-Bland, Executive Director Greg Huckabee and Production Manager Scott Mollman, the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival seeks to fulfill an important cultural and educational need throughout the state and Great Plains Region.

On Nov. 23-24, in collaboration with USD Theatre, the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is sending a tour of Shakespeare performances to high schools throughout the state. The touring group will travel to Wagner High School, Flandreau High School and the Flandreau Indian School. The tour is supported with a grant from USD’s Center for Academic and Global Engagement (CAGE), matched by funds from USD Theatre, Coyoteopoly and the United Way of Vermillion.

"Wine with Will," the annual fundraiser for the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, will be held on Feb. 12, 2016, at the John Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts, during the Stillwell Exhibition. All proceeds from this event directly support production of the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival’s 2016 season.

Support for the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is provided by the City of Vermillion, the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company, Vermillion Rotary, Sanford Vermillion, the Dakota Hospital Foundation, the University of South Dakota, the Vermillion Area Community Foundation, the United Way of Vermillion, and many local and regional businesses. South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, tickets or to get involved, visit www.sdshakespearefestival.org

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