BULLHEAD CITY — The world-renowned Utah Shakespeare Festival will hold a free public performance of “The Tempest” at Mohave High School in the school auditorium on Thursday at 6 p.m. as part of a six-state regional tour.

One of the actors performing that evening is 2014 Mohave High School graduate Tony Sloan, the son of Mohave High teacher Dirk Sloan and Needles High School teacher Jane Sloan. Tony Sloan was president of Mohave High’s drama club before attending Southern Utah University in Cedar City, where the Utah Shakespeare Festival is located. At Mohave, Sloan was the lead player in “The Diviners,” and a supporting lead in “South Pacific.”

The festival has received Tony and Emmy Awards for Outstanding Regional Theatre (2000) and a live, televised production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was performed in 2011. Before the Bullhead City performance will be afternoon workshops for students and teachers, focusing on stage combat, developing characters through improvisation and acting.

The festival’s Bullhead City stop is part of a Shakespeare-in-the-Schools touring production. When the tour wraps up in April, the festival will have taken its production of “The Tempest” to more than 25,000 students in six Western states. The tour is spending 14 weeks on the road visiting schools, community centers, and correctional facilities in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado and Idaho. 

Actors will avail themselves for a short post-show discussion with audience members.

Both the free public performance and the student workshops are underwritten by a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant through the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional information about Thursday’s free performance is available by calling Mohave High at 928-758-3916, ext. 1247. Information about the Utah Shakespeare Festival is online at www.bard.org.

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