The Texas Shakespeare Festival (TSF) is celebrating its silver anniversary this season. Since its inception in 1986, East Texas’ only professional theatre has brought in high-caliber actors, designers, and directors from across the nation. And, along with theatre students, they are offered the luxury of working on plays from the world’s storehouse of literary masterpieces.
The five plays to be performed this anniversary season include two of Shakespeare’s plays, The Taming of the Shrew and Hamlet; the romantic British comedy The Beaux’ Stratagem; the sparkling musical Ernest in Love; and the children’s play Aesop’s Fables. Performances will be held June 30 through July 31.
Mrs. Lynn Wells has been a longtime advocate of the TSF, currently serving as president of the Texas Shakespeare Festival Foundation Board. She has also served on the foundation board as both vice president and secretary. The sole purpose of the foundation is support of the summer festival through cultural enrichment, educational opportunities, and economic benefits. As a member of the TSF Guild, Mrs. Wells serves as designer for the guild newsletter, The Stratford Tribune.
“To celebrate TSF’s Silver Anniversary Season, the festival has published a Texas Shakespeare Festival costume book featuring costume designs and designers from 1986 through 2010,” Mrs. Wells said.
In addition to her volunteer work with the TSF, Mrs. Wells lends her time as a Forever Friends mentor and serves as a board member for Crisman School.
“I believe we find joy in life when we step outside of ourselves and focus on helping others,” Mrs. Wells said. “My life has been so blessed, and I am grateful I have been afforded the freedom and time to volunteer.”
Mrs. Wells was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and has resided in Longview for 15 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Florida State University and is the owner of Katana Creative Design. Mrs. Wells and her husband, Dr. Don Wells, have been married 31 years and have two adult daughters.
“I love Longview’s ‘can do’ attitude. Its citizens are so generous with their time and talents. Volunteering has afforded me the opportunity to meet and work with exceptional people,” Mrs. Wells said.
For more information on the Texas Shakespeare Festival, please call 903-983-8601 or visit www.TexasShakespeare.com.