The leadership of Valley Shakespeare Company have been carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to decisions from the Oregon Governor’s office, and other creative partners throughout the world, VSC will postpone its 2020 season until summer 2021.
VSC’s creative team and artistic director share this announcement with a heavy heart, but trust that it is the best action to take in order to protect the safety of patrons, employees, and the community at large.
This is a difficult time for the arts and our spirits. The heart of theatre is bringing people together to tell stories. We wish you the best of health during this time and look forward to gathering again.
The mission of Western Oregon University’s Valley Shakespeare Company is to present quality outdoor Shakespeare, free of charge, on the Leinwand outdoor stage on the campus of Western Oregon University with a cast and crew of WOU students and faculty, community members and guest professionals.
Our aspiration is to use these shows to build and strengthen the relationship between the performing arts at WOU and the greater Willamette Valley and Salem community. Offering “Free Shakespeare in the Park” will contribute to these efforts, encouraging students, families and community members, young and old, to join in the festivities and celebrate the performing arts with a cost-effective and culturally rich evening of theatre on the campus of Western Oregon University.
Upcoming Show for Summer 2021
Twelfth Night, or What You Will
Hilarious shenanigans, gender-bending disguises, ill-fated desires. The conflict is all too close to home in one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, where stumbling romance and misunderstanding are in full bloom. Separated from her twin brother after a shipwreck in Illyria, Viola disguises herself as a man to work in the local household of Duke Orsino. The closer they become, the more Viola gets acquainted with Orsino’s crush, the beautiful noblewoman Olivia. Much to their dismay (and to your delight), the trio is inevitably thrust into a love triangle of mistaken identity and wanton foolishness. Valley Shakespeare Company will be resetting this classic tale of love and misunderstanding during the early days of prohibition in the Coney Island Boardwalk of Atlantic City.
Overflowing with quick wit and titillating trysts, this standout play by The Bard is sure to please with its captivating characters and one of his most dynamic heroines.
Auditions will be held in the beginning of April 2020 for various roles.
Notice Re. COVID-19 and the Valley Shakespeare Company
Summer Show 2020
Even though the Valley Shakespeare Company show is four months away, we want to keep our potential company members and audience informed about our responses to COVID-19 concerns. The safety and health of our patrons, staff, artists, students and volunteers are of paramount concern, and we are monitoring the situation daily.
Taking that into consideration, our season is moving forward until further notice. We will continue to follow the advice from public health agencies and Western Oregon University and make changes as circumstances dictate. If there is a directive that impacts the upcoming summer show, we will immediately post a notice on our Facebook page and website.
New Audition Format:
Rather than conduct the in-person auditions currently scheduled for April 10 and 11, we will be accepting video submissions. Please submit a resume, headshot (photo) and a video recording of yourself performing a Shakespeare monologue or soliloquy in should be emailed or shared to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30, 2020 at 5PM. Casting choices will be made by May 15. Actors may be “called back” to read with other actors in a Zoom or WebEx format after submitting their recorded audition.
Currently, guest professionals have been contracted to play the roles of Malvolio, Maria and Sir Andrew Aguecheek.
The show is currently scheduled to rehearse Monday – Friday evenings beginning June 15 and will be performed Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 23, 24, 25, 26 & Thursday, Friday, and Saturday July 30, 31 and August 1 on the Leinwand outdoor stage outside of Rice Auditorium on the campus of Western Oregon University.
Again, we are monitoring the current health situation daily and we will keep you posted in the event of any changes in seasonal plans.
If you have questions or require more information, please contact Director David Janowiak: email@example.com / 503-559-1551
Artistic Director—Valley Shakespeare Company
Chair—Division of Creative Arts
Western Oregon University