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Pequot Library Hosts Shakespeare Family Festival In Fairfield

Christy Ottaviano of Christy Ottaviano Books, a part of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, will discuss the editing process and the creation of the book "Shakespeare's Secret" during Pequot Library's Shakespeare Family Festival April 1.
Christy Ottaviano of Christy Ottaviano Books, a part of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, will discuss the editing process and the creation of the book "Shakespeare's Secret" during Pequot Library's Shakespeare Family Festival April 1. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Pequot Library
Elise Broach, author of "Shakespeare's Secret," will discuss the Shakespeare authorship question and the writing of her book  April 1 at Pequot Library.
Elise Broach, author of "Shakespeare's Secret," will discuss the Shakespeare authorship question and the writing of her book April 1 at Pequot Library. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Pequot Library

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- There will be an afternoon and evening of Shakespeare-related activities sure to delight the whole family from 4:15-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1 at the Pequot Library.

The Shakespeare Family Festival kicks off with an author talk for kids, followed by a sword-fighting demonstration and an explanation of Medieval weaponry. The festival continues with songs and monologues performed by Greens Farms Academy and King School students.

There will be hands-on art projects and interactive acting mini-workshops throughout the evening and free Shake Shack custard, with the first 100 attendees receiving free gift certificates for a Shake Shack shake. Medieval-inspired food also will be available for purchase.

Tickets to the festival are $10 per person/$35 maximum per family. The festival includes Elise Broach in a Meet the Author Jr. program. Broach is the author of "Shakespeare’s Secret," and will talk from 4:30-5:30 p.m. She will discuss the Shakespeare authorship question and the writing of her book. She is the author of 20 books for children. "Shakespeare's Secret" was an Edgar Award Nominee for Best Juvenile Mystery, an ALA Notable Book, and an IRA Teacher's Choice selection. Broach will discuss the editing process and the creation of her book, along with her publisher, Christy Ottaviano.

This program is good for students in grades 4-7, and books will be available for purchase and signing. Stephen Stout, director of theater programs at Greens Farms Academy said: “Greens Farms Academy upper school will do four numbers from ‘Illyria’ adapted by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. This will be combined with Shakespeare monologues from the King School, with an emphasis on Twelfth Night, plus a showcase of weapons from the world of stage combat with a potential demonstration in the works. Come to Pequot Library for this wonderful celebration of the greatest English playwright of all time.”

Visit the library's website to learn more. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information, call 203-259-0346 Ext. 15.

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