The Shakespeare Project
The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce was established in 1978, and the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc. was organized in 1979. Since that time, the Chamber has promoted and worked to sustain the economic growth of the Calhoun County Region, resulting in a community that is a dynamic place to work, visit and live. With organizational focus areas in education and workforce development, as well as marketing and community development, the Chamber strives to create programs and events that enhance our schools and quality of life and leverage partnerships with existing organizations, in order to serve our communities to the best of our abilities.
In 1972, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival was established in Anniston, with performances presented in the high school auditorium. In 1985, the Festival moved to Montgomery. In 2018, we brought the Bard, William Shakespeare back to Anniston with The Shakespeare Project's free professional productions of Julius Caesar, and more than 2,000 students and 700 community members were able to attend FREE of charge, removing all barriers from art accessibility.
The intent of these performances is to complement the required reading curriculum of high school students reading the play and is meant to enhance their study of not only the work of Shakespeare, but theater and literature in general. So, we hope to continue this program in 2019 and beyond.
Along with the free professional perforamnces, we hired local high school students through the City of Anniston's YES Program and college students for apprenticeships, shadowing and learning from our professional production team. We are also partnering with the American Shakespeare Center to offer their “Teaching Shakespeare” training to our teachers this summer.