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 Tuesday, June 22, 2004 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


Colorado Shakespeare Festival Showcases Talented Faculty and Staff
By Vanessa Lozano, junior, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

The prestigious Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) marks its 47th season on the CU-Boulder campus this year. More than 200 people from all over the world come together to produce the festival, including many talented CU-Boulder faculty and staff.

"It's a wonderful thing to do for the summer," said Sam Sandoe, administrative assistant in the Department of University Communications. "You get to bring great works of Shakespeare to life with creative and talented people."

Sandoe will play Lord Montague in "Romeo and Juliet," marking 15 seasons of participation since 1970. This summer also is the 60th anniversary of the year Sandoe's father, James, directed "Romeo and Juliet," the first play to ever be performed on the stage of the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre. James Sandoe also directed nine productions for CSF between 1961 and 1973.

CSF is truly a family affair for Sandoe, whose siblings have all acted in the festival. This year, his wife will play the folk harp in the Green Show.

The Green Show provides an opportunity for community members to enjoy picnic lunches and a free concert on the campus lawn before each play. Lynn Nichols, senior instructor in the department of theatre and dance, described the Green Show as part of the "whole package" that contributes to a stimulating evening.

"You can get a backstage tour, have a picnic and see the show." said Nichols, who also is the general manager of the festival.

Nichols began his involvement in the festival in 1982 as a graduate student. His doctoral dissertation was entitled "The Evolution of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival." Nichols worked his way up from concessions worker to general manager. During his 17 seasons with the CSF he has directed two plays, "Othello" in 1996 and "As You Like It" in 2001.

Several other members of the department of theatre and dance also are involved in CSF, both on stage and off.

The 2004 Colorado Shakespeare Festival kicks off June 30 and will feature "Romeo and Juliet", "A Comedy of Errors" and "Antony and Cleopatra." Three plays will be produced instead of the usual four due to renovations of the University Theatre's main stage.

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