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Rome Shakespeare Festival (RSF) Featured in Rome News-Tribune Article


The Rome Shakespeare Festival (RSF) proudly announced the successful production of William Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Northwest Georgia mountains, this rendition captivated audiences with its innovative interpretation and original musical accompaniment.


Founded by Gail Deschamps and Tracy Hellriegel, RSF aimed to enrich the cultural landscape of Rome while providing unparalleled entertainment and educational opportunities. Inspired by Deschamps' epiphany while crossing the Chief John Ross Memorial Bridge, the festival blossomed into a celebration of Shakespearean theater unlike any other.


"We wanted to create something truly special for the community," said Hellriegel, RSF's managing director. "Our adaptation of 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' transported audiences to a magical realm, enhanced by the beauty of our local surroundings and the talent of our performers."


The main production took place from June 1 through June 5, 2016, on the Town Green and was free for all to attend. Picnic table reservations were available for those seeking an enhanced experience, offering prime seating for an unforgettable evening under the stars.


In anticipation of the main event, RSF offered teaser promos and school performances to ignite excitement throughout the community. Additionally, a series of educational workshops, covering topics such as musical theater and stage combat, engaged aspiring actors and theater enthusiasts of all ages.


"We believed in the power of theater to inspire, educate, and unite," said Deschamps, RSF's founder and art director. "Through our festival, we hoped to foster a deeper appreciation for the arts and showcase the abundance of talent right here in Rome."


Looking back, RSF successfully expanded its educational programs and diversified its theatrical offerings over the years. With a steadfast commitment to artistic excellence and community engagement, the Rome Shakespeare Festival became a cherished tradition for years to come. Read the original Rome News-Tribune coverage.

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