Celebrating Shakespeare

Celebrating Shakespeare

April 7, 2016

BEAUFORT, S.C. – April 23 marks the four hundredth anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. To commemorate this significant anniversary, the University of South Carolina Beaufort is teaming up with the non-profit theater company, Sea Island Classical Studios, for a production of Romeo and Juliet to run April 20-22 and the first Sea Island Shakespeare Symposium, April 22-24. Both events will be on the USCB Hilton Head Gateway Campus in Bluffton, SC.

“We’ve long wanted to have theater on the Hilton Head Gateway Campus because of the ease of access it presents for students,” said George Pate, assistant professor of theater. “It’s our strong belief that theater should be a part of student life, so it only makes sense to present plays where the students live and study.”

Co-directed by adjunct professor, Libby Ricardo and student Maddie Wilkinson, the cast consists of students from multiple majors across campus as well as Pate and Sea Island Classical Studio executive director Michael Weaver.

“The way the classics call for healthy voice practices and careful study of the text, that’s what classical theater can add to the tools of any student – or any school,” said Weaver.

The theater department at USCB is developing the capacity to have theater on the Hilton Head Gateway Campus and the production of Romeo and Juliet has taught professors and students about producing shows in spaces not designed for theatrical production. Pate hopes that USCB can take its shows throughout Beaufort and Jasper counties in the future.

The Sea Island Shakespeare Symposium will feature a panel of papers by students, informative classes, student performances and unrehearsed Shakespeare. For a full schedule of events, go to uscb.edu/theater. All performances of Romeo and Juliet start at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. To reserve seats contact the Sea Island Classical Studios at seaislandclassicalstudio@gmail.com


Located in the heart of the Carolina Sea Islands, the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is a baccalaureate member of the USC system, serving the southeast coast of South Carolina and Georgia. Since 2002, USCB has tripled its academic degree programs, doubled its FTE enrollment, opened its first on-campus housing (now serving more than 750), joined the NAIA Sun Conference, and fielded conference and national award-winning Sand Shark athletes in nine sports. The university’s two campuses serve a diverse student body of 1,980 students. The Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton, SC, offers cutting-edge Computational Science and Nursing laboratories, and a broad range of academic degree programs. The Historic Beaufort campus, located on Beaufort’s downtown waterfront, houses an innovative baccalaureate Studio Art program in close proximity to Beaufort’s many art galleries. The University of South Carolina Beaufort offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity.