On Saturday, April 22, 2017, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival hosted a day-long celebration of Shakespeare and all things theater titled WillFest. Through free, all-ages activities, several hundred community members filtered in and out of St. Mary’s Parish Hall, the HVSF Administrative Office, the Old VFW Hall, the Cold Spring Waterfront, and along Cold Spring’s Main Street for performances, workshops, movie screenings, and activities.
Here’s a quick look back at the day’s festivities! Photos by Gabe Palacio.
Costume Photo Booth with HVSF at the Cold Spring Farmers’ Market
…and our next big star, Eamon!
Performance: Scenes from ROMEO & JULIET with HVSF
Performance: Scenes from “The Seussification of Romeo & Juliet” with Students from Garrison Union Free School
Performance: “Academy Idol” Monologues with West Point Cadets
Workshop: Theater Games with HVSF Teaching Artist Gianna Cioffi
Gianna is one of four Resident Teaching Artists who brings HVSF Education programming – such as in-school workshops and residencies – to regional schools.
Workshop: “Shakespeare Shakedown” with The Middle Company
Workshop: Stage Combat with HVSF Teaching Artist Michael Irish and Students from Haldane High School
Around Town: Trivia, Movie Screenings, Discount Partners, Art Making & Info at the HVSF Office, and More!
Over 20 local businesses offered special discounts to attendees sporting their WillFest stickers, and our program partners – Cold Spring Film Society, Story Screen Beacon, The Middle Company, Cold Spring Farmers’ Market, Garrison Union Free School, Haldane High School, and the United States Military Academy at West Point – had the chance to engage locals and visitors alike. Many thanks to all of our program partners, discount partners, and donating partners (Whistling Willie’s in Cold Spring for their donation of movie screening popcorn and Grey Printing for their donation of art-making supplies)!
Volunteer staff support provided by students from NYU’s Goddard Residential College Service Learning Program, led by Cold Spring resident and 2016 OUR TOWN actor Megan Shea.