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Shelby Farms Celebrates Shakespeare

Students from St. Francis posing with Jillian and Marquis

On 9/1/16, Shelby Farms opened their newly constructed "Heart of the Park" portion of the Shelby Farms property. This new addition includes a lake, a water park, a new visitor center, restaurant, event center, and amphitheater stage. They are hosting 30 days of celebration throughout the month of September, and Tennessee Shakespeare Company was invited to be the first act to perform on their outdoor stage.

Jillian Barron and Marquis Archuleta entertained crowds with Shakespeare's Greatest Hits,This 45-minute 2-actor show surprises students with how much Shakespeare they already know – from his life, to his times, to his words and phrases – just by being human. This fun survey of the playwright’s Greatest Hits serves as a delightful primer to essential scenes and soliloquies that many in the audience will already know, making their future experience with the plays less arduous and more inspiring and fun. Included scenes from: HENRY V, ROMEO AND JULIET, JULIUS CAESAR, TWELFTH NIGHT, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, THE SONNETS, HENRY VI, part 1, MACBETH, HAMLET, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.

Jillian and Marquis will be traveling to schools in the South-East region of the U.S. to perform Shakespeare's Greatest Hits for children of all ages. For more information on this show, the education program, or the Tennessee Shakespeare Company, please visit

Photos of "Taming of the Shrew"

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