Representatives of Garfield Shakespeare Company, the all-volunteer theater troupe based in Garfield Park, will be on hand at the Barnes & Noble mall store, 1251 U.S. 31 North, Greenwood, from 1 to 5 p.m. to present live stage combat demonstrations, a theatrical vignette or two, and a scavenger hunt. There also will be face painting and hair-braiding demonstrations, as well fun games for children.
Barnes & Noble will contribute to Garfield Shakespeare Company a percentage of every sale made at all Barnes & Noble stores, not just the one at the mall, from April 19-24 when shoppers present a special voucher carrying the code number 11326469. A copy of the voucher can be found at the home page of Garfield Shakespeare Company's website, garfieldbard.webs.net. People who like to do their shopping online also can help GSC. When making purchases at www.barnesandnoble.com/, shoppers should simply enter the code number 11326964 at checkout.
Barnes & Noble's contributions will help GSC present its first-ever musical this summer – Lerner and Loewe's "Camelot"– and, hopefully, give the theater troupe a comfortable head start on a budget to plan for its 2015 season.
The book fair was scheduled for a weekend near the anniversaries of William Shakespeare's birth and death. Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, and it while it is known that Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, there is no documented evidence of the date of his birth. Because baptisms in Shakespeare's time traditionally were conducted within three days of birth, it is generally accepted that April 23 also was Shakespeare's birthday.