South High Drama’s production of Juli(us) Caesar, which premiered in November, has been selected to appear at the 2019 Illinois High School Theatre Festival (IHSTF). South High is one of 21 schools to participate in the festival on January 10-12, 2019, at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Tiffany Rubin, English/Communications and Fine Arts teacher and director of the play, wrote the modified version of the Shakespeare original with an all-female cast and an alternative ending.
“The conception and creation of this production has been a labor of love for the cast and crew; I'm very proud of what they have accomplished,” Rubin said. “We are thrilled we've been selected and look forward to sharing the story with an even larger audience in January.”
Juli(us) Caesar is an all-female reimagining of Shakespeare’s political drama where an all-out war is waged at Rome Academy School for Girls. A group of friends decide to take down the popular Juli Caesar before she becomes even more powerful, leaving a path of destruction in their wake.
“It is quite an honor to be selected to participate in this festival, and the fact that Ms. Rubin adapted this play for our students from William Shakespeare makes the selection that much more prestigious,” said Ed Schwartz, South High principal. “We are proud of Ms. Rubin and her creativity, and of all of the students who will represent South High at the festival.”
Read an in-depth article about the play in the South High student newspaper, The Blueprint, here.
To view the full list of schools and productions performing at IHSTF, click here. IHSTF is the largest and oldest non-competitive high school theatre festival in the nation.