Shiver me timbers, and swash me buckles.
The world of 18th century pirates in the British Isles will flavor Nebraska Shakespeare's eighth fall season of bringing workshops and performances to schools and communities across Nebraska, starting Sunday in Bellevue.
Shakespeare on Tour kicks off Sunday with a 75-minute performance of an abridged “Twelfth Night.”
The Countess Olivia masks her sympathies toward illegal pirate factions, while Duke Orsino wants the open seas protected for his trade routes with the East India Trading Company.
Nebraska Shakespeare will also bring workshops to classrooms, where students can work directly with professional teaching artists from the troupe.
The tour will also include five performances around Omaha and stops in several other Nebraska towns before winding up with a fundraiser at 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Thompson Alumni Center. Study guides and reading lists help teachers prepare their students for the tour's visit.
Talk-back sessions with the audience follow every performance.
Vincent Carlson-Brown is directing the tour, with costumes by Lindsay Pape and scenic design by Bill Van Deest. A cast of eight plays all the parts: Ben Beck, Sarah Carlson-Brown, Konrad Case, Dan Chevalier, Lauren Krupski, Shannon Lampkin, Josh Ryan and Casey Wortmann.
Shakespeare on Tour
What: Nebraska Shakespeare's annual fall tour of education workshops and community performances
Kickoff: Performance of abridged “Twelfth Night”
When: 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Bellevue Berry Farm and Pumpkin Ranch, just south of Cornhusker Road and 48th Street
Admission: $8 to the Berry Farm, part of which supports the tour.
Other area performances: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St., free admission; 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. North, $8 for nonmembers; 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at Stinson Park, Aksarben Village, free; 11:30 a.m. Oct. 12 at Union of Contemporary Art, 2417 Burdette St., free; 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Bayliss Park, Council Bluffs, free; 3 p.m. fundraiser Oct. 27 at UNO's Thompson Alumni Center, 6001 Dodge St.
Tour will visit: Papillion, Millard, Norfolk, Ralston, Lincoln, Bellevue, Wahoo, Arapahoe, Kearney, Cozad, Ainsworth, Bassett, Valentine, Platteview, Elkhorn and Omaha in Nebraska; and Council Bluffs
Information: 402-280-2391 or visit nebraskashakespeare.com