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Classical Actors Ensemble

Accessible, transformative, entertaining classical theater

Classical Actors Ensemble is coming to the end of another amazing year.  We've had great successes with our public productions: last spring's As You Like It, which performed for the public and toured to seven high schools, and summer's free The Comedy of Errors the parks--which played to our largest audiences yet!  We're also very proud to have continued our three-week Summer Shakespeare Institute for Teens into its third year last July, which featured conservatory-style classes and culminated in a full student production of Much Ado About Nothing.

We want 2018 to be even more successful, with shows in the spring, summer, and fall!

We also want to continue our high school touring program for a second year. To bolster and facilitate the teaching of Shakespeare in Minnesota high schools, we plan to tour a full production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, specifically tailored to educational audiences, to as many high schools as we can afford--at little cost to the schools themselves.  We will also offer post-performance discussions and classroom visits to engage with the students about what they have just seen and explore how the issues and themes in the play translate to modern day life.  We will demonstrate Shakespeare's contemporary relevance and, ideally, spark a genuine interest in the students for literature, Shakespeare, and the arts.  But we need your help to make this possible!

Our recent and successful Kickstarter campaign got us closer to our financial goal.  Raising another $2,000 before the end of this year will ensure that we can bring our educational work into more schools as well as continue our engaing public productions while providing our artists with a competitive wage. Your donations also help to keep our public performances' sliding-scale ticket prices low.  We feel access to the arts must not be limited by finances, especially so for children.  Your contribution is invaluable towards all these goals.

"This is how Shakespeare was meant to be seen--playful, immediate, approachable, and accessible to all."  – Cherry and Spoon

"Papke’s astute staging [of Doctor Faustus] illuminated Marlowe’s ideas in a highly theatrical way. Rich humor came from a witty approach to the text." – StarTribune

"The show [Chaste Maid] is jam-packed with juicy performances woven together through precise comic pace and timing.  If you’ve never been to a CAE show you may be pleasantly struck by the winning combination of a relaxed atmosphere and an array of first rate actors who really and truly know the classical acting craft and how to make it accessible." – Lavender Magazine

"Go. See them. Classical Actors Ensemble hasn’t just dusted off these old classics.  They’ve reinvented them." – TC Daily Planet

"Our language has changed quite a bit since 1613, but our sense of humor clearly has not." – Aisle Say



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