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Video: Scary Shakespeare inspires ISU Halloween event

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival knows how to entertain an audience. This Halloween, it learned how to scare them too.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival partnered with Illinois State’s Ewing Cultural Center to present ShakesFEAR, a new haunted tour through Shakespeare’s most gruesome imagery for ages 10 and up on the grounds of Ewing. The haunted tour was introduced by the ghost of William Shakespeare, with a not-so-scary play space called Juliet’s Enchanted Castle for all ages in the Ewing courtyard.

The October 23–25 event, which was funded in part by a Harmon Arts Grant, featured a large cast of characters and behind-the-scenes players, including many students from the College of Fine Arts.

Learn more about the event and its creators in our video recap above.

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