Based on the classic Hindu legend
Directed by Rebecca J. Ennals
For the first time, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is joining with the City of Cupertino to present a youth production of Ramayana. Children aged 8-18 will join professional theatre artists to tell the epic story of Prince Rama, who joins forces with Hanuman the flying monkey to rescue his love Princess Sita from the evil Demon King Ravana.
Students must enroll by February 27th to audition!
Auditions will be held March 14, 2017 (all participants will be cast), Rehearsals Tues/Thurs March 21-May 18, performances May 19-21 at the Quinlan Center.
Enroll through City of Cupertino online (for residents with a current client number and PIN, enter barcode number 70874), by calling the Recreation & Community Services office at 408-777-3120, Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-10:00pm; Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm; Saturday, 8:30am-4:30pm, or by downloading the enrollment form and mailing or faxing it in.
Rebecca J. Ennals Director - Ramayana
Rebecca has been on the staff of the Shakespeare Festival since 2002 and Artistic Director since 2012. She has extensive directing, acting, and teaching experience, and holds an MFA in performance from U.C. Davis. She has taught and written curriculum at the elementary through college levels. As an actor and director, she has worked locally with Marin Theatre Company, PlayGround, Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival, Pear Theatre, Napa Valley Repertory Theatre, Peninsula Youth Theatre, Los Altos Youth Theatre and Shakespeare At Stinson. Ms. Ennals has directed eight productions for the Festival's Shakespeare On Tour in-school touring program, six productions for the Civic Arts Stage Company program in Pleasanton, and three productions for Free Shakespeare in the Park. She also regularly writes the Festival’s Green Shows and conceived and executed the 2012 pop-up Shakespeare project "30 Days of Free Shakespeare in the Parklet." Her blog can be found at sfshakes.wordpress.com.
Radhika Rao Dramaturge
Radhika is an actor, director, storyteller, improvisor, educator, and proud to be an SF Shakes resident artist. She is a member of Eth-Noh-Tec kinetic storytelling ensemble and the cofounder of Colorized Improv, an improv movement expressing diverse social, cultural, and personal experiences towards creating a more equitable performative space. Some of Radhika's other recent performances were at: Cutting Ball Theatre, Bay Area Children's Theatre, Word for Word, Olympians Festival, Playwrights' Foundation Flash Plays Festival, Douglass Morrison Theatre, Arabian Shakespeare Festival, Festival Theatre Ensemble, and New Conservatory Theatre Center. Her favorite performance with SF Shakes has been as Brutus in Julius Caesar. Radhika has an Ed.D in Communities, Culture, and Education from Harvard University. She teaches acting, playwrighting, and lifeskills in schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (with theatres like American Conservatory Theatre, SF Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory, and New Conservatory Theatre). She collaborates regularly with universities (e.g., Stanford, Harvard, Santa Clara, Samuel Merritt, California Western Law School, UC San Diego, CSU San Marcos). She is also available as a coach/trainer for corporations and non-profit organizations that are looking to build diverse leadership, public speaking, and teamwork skills, through the medium of mindful improv. More at www.radhikarao.org