Revision of Much Ado About Something: A Shakespeare Festival from March 5, 2013 - 2:59pm

Special March Programs - Sponsored by the James Caldwell High School & The West Caldwell Public Library

Funding Provided by the Robert Hilton Memorial Fund

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Wednesday, March 6@ 6:30-8 PM

Bring a Shakespeare sonnet, original sonnet or one written by another poet to share with the audience or just come to listen. Readings must be limited to 5 minutes or less.                            


SHAKESPEARE ON THE SCREEN - NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED                                                                                                    

Ten Things I Hate About You - (PG-13, 1999)    

Thursday, March 7 @ 6:30 PM

A modern adaptation of the comedy "The Taming of the Shrew."



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Shakespeare In Love - (R, 1999) 

Friday , March 8 @ 1:00 PM                                       

Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench, and Geoffrey Rush

A witty story of a love affair that inspired Shakespeare to write "Romeo and Juliet."



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Sunday, March 10 @ 2:00  PM

An original staged reading of selections of prose and poetry from Shakespeare,Christopher Marlowe, Lord Byron, Elizabeth Barrett Browning as well as scenes from “King Henry V,” “Twelfth Night” and “Taming of the Shrew” presented by actors Rick Delaney, Thea White  and J. C. Hoyt.




Friday, March 15 @ 6:30-8:30 PM

Stephanie Gerstein, Doug West and Thea White will judge memorized soliloquies or monologues from Shakespeare’s works in three categories:

Adults (18 years of age & older)

High School Students in Grades 9-12

Middle School Students in Grades 6-8


Contestants must register in advance and  their selections must be approved by the Reference staff.  Each soliloquy or monologue must be no longer than 5 minutes in length. Prizes will be awarded to the winner and runner-up in each category. Members of the audience must also register as seating is limited. A reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, featuring Renaissance era food will follow the Awards Ceremony.

To enter the contest, please click here to download and print an entry from with contest rules and return to the Library by 8PM on Tuesday, March 12 .

Audience members ONLY, please click here to register.

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Much Ado About Nothing - (PG-13, 2003)  

Friday, March 22 @ 1:00 PM

Starring Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, and Keanu Reeves

A romantic comedy about young lovers, confirmed bachelors, and frolicsome fun.

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O - (R, 2002) 94 min.               

Thursday, March 28 @ 6:30 PM

Starring Mekhi Phifer, Josh Hartnett, and Julia Stiles

A modern day version of Shakespeare's "Othello" with a young cast and new setting.