Organizers raising funds for Missouri Shakespeare Festival

A new fundraising push is underway to help support the annual Missouri Shakespeare Festival at Missouri Southern.

Organizers hope to raise $25,000 in order to provide a stipend for company members, plus assistance with travel, food and lodging for those who need it.

“All along, the backbone of our enterprise has been the willingness of talented people to volunteer their time and energy (to the annual production),” said Dr. Jim Lile, the festival’s artistic director. “Our goal is to become a really attractive place for actors to want to come and spend a month.”

The festival was launched in 2013 with a production of “Macbeth,” continuing in 2014 with “Twelfth Night” and “The Tempest” in 2015. This year’s production – planned for June 23-26 – will be “Romeo and Juliet.”

To make a gift to the festival, contact the Missouri Southern Foundation at 417-625-9615 or visit

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