National Players to perform “Romeo and Juliet” and “Animal Farm”
Friday, April 19- Saturday, April 20
Time: 7:00 p.m. CST
Location: Forest Park High School, Ferdianand, IN
Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, will once again host
the National Players, America's longest-running classical touring
company, as it presents plays on April 19 and 20.
On Friday, April 19, the actors will perform William
Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." On Saturday, April 20, the
performance will be "Animal Farm," adapted from George Orwell's
novel by Ian Wooldridge. Both performances are free and open to the
The performances will be held in the Forest Park High School
auditorium in Ferdinand, IN. Both performances will begin at 7 p.m.
Central time / 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Currently a program of Olney Theatre Center in Maryland,
National Players has earned a unique name and place in American
theater history. Over the last 64 years, the acting company has
performed in the East Wing of the White House; in Europe, Asia and
the Middle East for American military; and throughout 40
Known for its talent and commitment to excellence, National
Players has brought literature to life for more than 2.7 million
audience members, many in areas isolated geographically or
economically, or who would otherwise never see quality live
performances of classic plays.
"Romeo and Juliet" tells the classic story of forbidden love,
but according to play director Jason King Jones, it's as relevant
today as it was in Shakespeare's day. "Shakespeare's play is
starkly contemporary and surprisingly universal. It's not of the
past, but of the now," says Jones.
In the National Players adaptation of "Animal Farm," revolution
has broken out on Manor Farm and the animals have claimed their
independence! Humans are banished, and the new "Animal Farm" will
be a beautiful egalitarian paradise. All animals are equal ̶ pigs,
horses, goats, donkeys and dogs. They can build their new utopia,
but can they resist the corruption that led to the human's
downfall? From the author of 1984, this chilling and provocative
fable is brought to the stage with focused clarity and spark.
There is no charge for these presentations or a need for
reservations. The programs will serve as tickets and will be
distributed beginning 30 minutes before show times. The doors to
the auditorium will open 20 minutes before the show times. Some
seats will be reserved for the hosts from Saint Meinrad Archabbey
as well as Forest Park High School.
The National Players' performances hosted by Saint Meinrad are
made possible through a grant from the B.J. Killian Foundation. For
more information, contact Mary Jeanne Schumacher during business
hours at (812) 357-6501.
PHOTOS: Britian Siebert portrays Juliet and Ian
Kramer portrays Romeo in the National Player's adaptation of
William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."
Actors Britian Seibert, from left, portrays Benjamin, Dan Hasty
portrays Moses and Katie Lock portrays Mollie in the National
Player's adaptation of "Animal Farm."
Both photos were photographed by Sonie Mathew.