April 17, 2015

Bloomington, IND – For the fifth consecutive year, IU Theatre will present three family-friendly productions in their professional summer theater, Indiana Festival Theatre.

This year’s lineup includes Shakespeare’s As You Like It, the local classic The Gentleman From Indiana, and the Dr. Seuss-inspired Seussical.

Each summer Indiana Festival Theatre brings experienced Equity performers from Chicago to work with both graduate students, undergraduates, and high school interns on professional productions, creating a one-of-a-kind learning experience for IU students.

“It’s important for our students to see these professionals work – how they create characters, how they prepare, how they comport themselves in rehearsals,” explains Jonathon Michaelsen, the chair of IU’s theatre department and artistic director of IFT. “Plus, our students get sense of what a professional actor’s life is like: practically speaking, how these people structure their lives so they can do this kind of work.”

As You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s most memorable comedies, containing many of the Bard’s most famous lines, like, “All the world’s a stage.” It also contains his most beloved heroine, Rosalind. The romantic comedy takes place in a pastoral landscape, as Rosalind flees her castle in disguise to discover love and adventure in the Forest of Arden.

Adapted by Indiana Repertory Theatre playwright-in-residence, James Still, The Gentleman From Indiana is a celebration of late nineteenth-century small town America. The 1899 novel was written by Indiana’s own Booth Tarkington, a two time Pulitzer Prize winner.

Since 2000, Seussical has entertained audiences around the world with Broadway and West End productions, as well as two national tours. The hit musical adapts many of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved stories into a fun-filled musical comedy for all ages.

WHAT: Indiana Festival Theatre in residence at the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center, Indiana University

WHEN: As You Like It, July 10 – 25, The Gentleman From Indiana, July 11 – 25, Seussical, July 31 – August 16

WHERE: Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave.

TICKETS: Regular admission is $25 for adults, $15 for students, $20 for seniors.  For more information, call 812.855.1103 or visit For group discounts contact Stacy Brown (

For interviews and additional production information, contact Amy Osajima at


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