Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Short Takes: A Shakespeare contest by any other name...:

Calling the Bardstock nation - and forget it, boomers, this is for your kids. Great Lakes Theater Festival and WCPN FM/90.3 are seeking students in grades 6-12, not to watch bomber jet planes turning into butterflies, but to turn Shakespeare's dramatic themes into song. The annual Bardstock FM Shakespearean songwriting contest invites each student soloist or band to write and perform a new, original song inspired by one of the Bard's plays. All styles and genres are accepted. Four entries will be chosen as finalists. Prizes include free, professional recordings of the chosen songs and a commemorative CD; a live broadcast of the winning songs on a special edition of WCPN's Around Noon program in May; and awards of $250. Deadline for entries is Friday, March 10. Contact theater festival education director Daniel Hahn at 216-241-5490, Ext. 307, or e-mail

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