Stewards of Shakespeare: Theatre Students Take Performances to the Park

Nebraska Wesleyan University theatre students are taking their talents on the road this summer with free excerpts of a Shakespeare comedy.

Eighteen students have formed a theatre troupe called Stewards of Shakespeare — or SOS. Beginning Thursday, July 1, they will perform excerpts from William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost.


Performances are scheduled for:

  • Thursday, July 1 — 4 p.m., Mahoney Park, 70th & Fremont
  • Thursday, July 1 — 7:30 p.m., The Studio, 2710 N. 48th St. (two blocks west of campus)
  • Thursday, July 8 — 7:30 p.m., University Place Park, 49th & Garland streets
  • Sunday, July 11 — 7:30 p.m., Antelope Park, 23d & Capitol Parkway
  • Sunday, July 18 — 7:30 p.m., Sunken Gardens, South 27th Street and Normal Blvd.

“It’s sharing of the wealth,” said NWU theatre professor Parker Reed, who introduced the idea of summer Shakespeare performances. “We want to take theatre to people rather than having people come to us.

Love’s Labours Lost is one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies. It tells the story of the King of Navarre and his three lords who swear an oath to scholarship, which includes fasting and avoiding contact with women for three years

The students have been rehearsing since June 1 under the direction of recent NWU graduate Cory Misek. Each performance will last approximately one hour.


“I haven’t done a lot of Shakespeare,” said NWU theatre student Jenna Mark who had smaller roles earlier this year in Taming of the Shrew. “This gives me some more experience and I’m excited about being a part of something that’s a little bit different.

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