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College Marks Shakespeare's Birthday with Annual Sonnet Reading

April 22, 2013

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For the 25th year, Saint Anselm College will mark William Shakespeare's birthday on April 23 with a day of sonnet-reading and acting out scenes from his plays. The festivities, which run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., bring together more than 115 faculty, staff, students, community members and returning alumni to recite the bard's most famous works.

English department professor Gary Bouchard began the tradition on April 25, 1989 with 75 Saint Anselm community members participating. This year the celebration will be in the Cushing Center due to the weather.

Learn more about the tradition at

Additional Festivities

12:00 noon, The Abbey Players
Act IV, scene 1, All's well that ends well

12:30 p.m., The Saint Anselm Chamber Music Ensemble
Presents an offering of early modern music

12:45 p.m. The Duke's Dawgs
Present an original 7 ½ minute hamlet*

*It actually takes 11 minutes, but with Ann Norton as Gertrude, Landis Magnuson as Polonius, Bob Shea as Claudius and Royce Burney in more roles than he can remember, we make no apologies.

25 years of Celebrating Shakespeare's Birthday

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