Cardinal red, that is.
Kentucky Shakespeare continues to show its University of Louisville connections both onstage and behind the scenes.
The 2015 season runs through Aug. 9 with daily free Shakespeare productions starting at 8 p.m. in Central Park.
The majority of this year’s cast and crew are made up of UofL graduates as well as current students, and a “red out” event on July 23 drew about 125 alumni, students and UofL fans to hear theatre arts professor Rinda Frye speak about Shakespeare and “Magical Metaphysical Theater” before a performance of “The Tempest.” Audience members were encouraged to wear red to show their spirit.
Two of the UofL grads involved in the production this year are Michelle Gentry and Jeremy Sapp.
Gentry graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts and works as a scenic design assistant and an assistant technical director for Kentucky Shakespeare. Originally from Louisville, Gentry intended on going to Ball State University.
“I chose to go to UofL because they have a smaller theatre department,” said Gentry. “I knew I would get more opportunities as an undergraduate here.”
While Gentry helps keep things running smoothly backstage, Jeremy Sapp works front and center as an actor in the production. The 2007 graduate has a bachelor’s degree in humanities and has starred in several Shakespeare productions, including “Macbeth,” “The Tempest” and “The Taming of the Shrew.”
“My favorite thing about Kentucky Shakespeare is the incredible experience of being able to do this for free for so many people,” said the Hazard, Ky. native. “They keep coming back and it’s great.”
Both of the UofL alums plan to continue their work with Kentucky Shakespeare.
For more information about Kentucky Shakespeare as well as the list of scheduled performances, visit: http://www.kyshakespeare.com/sicp/
UofL at Kentucky Shakespeare 2015
Jeremy Sapp, alum
Kyle Ware, alum
Greg Maupin, alum
Renea Brown, alum
Jon Huffman, alum
Braden McCambell, student
Charles Nasby, alum, technical production manager, theatre arts
Michelle Gentry, alum
Anna Neikirk, alum
Mo Stucker, alum
Elliot Cornett, alum
Kathryn Spivey, alum
Crystian Wiltshire, student
Will Dyre, student
Alex Cooper, student
Megan Fuller, student
Jennifer Siow, alum