Utah Shakespearan Festival Kicks Off Summer Season

Utah Shakespearan Festival Kicks Off Summer Season

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- The Utah Shakespearean Festival kicked off its summer season by honoring some of the people who have influenced the festival.

Usually, the festival pays tribute to the directors and others involved in that year's productions. But on Monday night it honored three people who have helped make the festival successful over the years.

One was Michael Addison, the festival's first guest director and outside actor.

Addison helped festival founder and executive producer Fred Adams guide the artistic quality of a young company.

Genevieve Gardner of Cedar City was honored for her contributions in the enrichment area. She has volunteered for 43 of the Festival's 44 seasons.

The third person honored was Ray Jones who taught drama at Provo High School. He produced Shakespeare because he felt young people should learn Shakespeare, just as dancers should learn ballet, for his fundamentals.

Jones inspired festival officials to start a high school Shakespeare competition.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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