Tell Your Kids: Chance to win 50 Guthrie Theater Passes for His/Her Class


  • Submitted two-dimensional artworks inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet will be judged by a panel; winning artwork will be featured on the cover of the Shakespeare Classic program.
  • Winning entrant’s school will also receive 50 tickets to Shakespeare Classic performance of Hamlet on Sunday, April 27 at 1 p.m. 

(Minneapolis/St.Paul) The Guthrie Theater today announced a Shakespeare art contest for young people in grades 4 – 12 tied into the presentation of The Acting Company’s production of Hamlet running April 23 – May 4, 2014. The contest will begin February 4, with a submission period ending April 4 and a winner announced the week of April 7, 2014. The winning entrant’s artwork will be reprinted as the cover image of the Shakespeare Classic program; the winner’s school will receive 50 complimentary tickets to attend the Shakespeare Classic on Sunday, April 27 at 1 p.m.  The Shakespeare Classic is an annual event that began in 1999, and seeks to introduce young theatergoers to the work of William Shakespeare. Tickets to the popular annual event are just $10 – all adults must be accompanied by a young person – and are available through the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE.

“Shakespeare is at the very core of our mission,” says Guthrie Director of Artistic Relations Sheila Livingston. “We’re always thinking of ways to engage young people in Shakespeare’s deeply rewarding work, and it’s our hope that this contest will engage and spark young imaginations—maybe even in unexpected directions.”

A contest to allow imaginations to run wild with the immortal world of Shakespeare! Submitted artworks must tell some aspect of or be inspired by the story of Hamlet. There are no restrictions on the size or medium of entries. Students should submit a digital file of their artwork by uploading it to Entries can also be mailed or dropped off at the Guthrie (Attention: Shakespeare Art Contest). In either case, an educator sponsor will be required. A panel of three judges will determine the winner: Guthrie actor Michelle O’Neill, The Acting Company Artistic Director / Hamlet director Ian Belknap, and the Guthrie’s Senior Graphic Designer Brian Bressler.

The grand prize will include reprinting the winning artwork as the cover image of the Shakespeare Classic program and 50 complimentary tickets to the Shakespeare Classic performance of Hamlet on April 27, at 1 p.m. on the Guthrie’s Wurtele Thrust Stage.

Complete information on the Shakespeare art contest can be found here:


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