Friends of Shakespeare
Fund Drive

An area group of parents, students, community members and “Friends of Shakespeare” are reaching out to residents for their help to raise money for the Fall Festival of Shakespeare at the Taconic Hills Central School. The partnership between the Friends and the Lenox, Mass. based “Shakespeare and Company” is unique. Professional directors audition, train and direct students each year. Students also work alongside professional lighting, sound and costume directors.  The 10 week residencies at the Taconic Hills campus began in 2001. Students perform at the Taconic Hills Performing Arts Center and at Founder’s Theatre in Lenox, MA. each November.

Shakespeare and Company bring together a wide range of students in grades 9-12 to collaborate, dialogue, and develop acting talents and an appreciation of William Shakespeare’s work. Students participate in all aspects of theater: staging, costumes, lighting, sound, makeup, set design, as well as acting. In addition, Shakespeare and Company staff members share this wonderful theatre experience with all high school and some middle school students during in school workshops in the fall.

In 2008, we have been redoubling our fundraising efforts to ensure the return of this indispensable program for the coming years.  The “Friends of Shakespeare” have been running concession stands at sporting events, and created a cookbook entitled “The Taming of the Stew” which is a collection of the best recipes from the “Friends and Family”. The Taconic Hills “Friends of Shakespeare” was created to support the student program as its only mission.

In 2013, Shakespeare and Company will celebrate 25 years of the Fall Festival. Taconic Hills is so proud to be a part of this wonderful experience for our students and community.

Contributions can be forwarded to:


THHS Shakespeare Booster  c/o
THHS PTO- 73 County Route 11A, Craryville NY 12521


Terri Hoffman, 2013 Liaison


Fall Festival of Shakespeare


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