A Story of Discovery

A Story of Discovery

For almost 50 years, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival has been helping children discover the magic of theater.

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Located in Montgomery, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, or ASF as it’s also known, has been a mainstay in the theater community for decades. But unlike its name suggests, it’s not just about Shakespeare. In fact, ASF stages productions year-round ranging from musicals such as “The Sound of Music” to Christina Ham’s “Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963” to Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” But where ASF truly shines is in its SchoolFest program – a series of plays that provide students the opportunity to experience live theater, many for the first time.

“It’s really a bedrock of our mission at ASF, which is to create communities through transformative theatrical experiences. It’s a lot of kids’ first introduction to theater.”

Todd Schmidt

ASF executive director

Each year, more than 40,000 students from across Alabama and surrounding states attend SchoolFest productions at ASF. With support from the Alabama Power Foundation and others, ASF is able to provide schools access to SchoolFest for free or at a discounted ticket price. For many of these students, SchoolFest is their first live theater experience and a true introduction to the arts. With a guided curriculum and study guide that accompanies each production, students can delve deeper into the stories and have a greater appreciation for the production.

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