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2013/06/23 - Jeannie King

Jeannie King

 Jeannie King



“Don’t let it be forgot that once there was a spot, for one brief, shining moment, that was known as Camelot.” King Arthur

Celebrating its 28th season, the Texas Shakespeare Festival (TSF) will once again transform the Kilgore College campus into a vibrant and exciting theatre district.

Texas Shakespeare Festival Guild president, Jeannie King, invites the community to enjoy this exceptional summer theatre season.  William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors will open the festival on Thursday evening, June 27, to be followed by Larry Shue’s farce, The Foreigner, and another of Shakespeare’s plays, The Winter Tale, a romance.  The musical Camelot, by Alan Jay Lerner, will bring the festival to a close on July 28.  This year’s children’s show, The Enchanted Forest, by Jason Richards will also be performed during the theatre season.

“It is amazing to see the incredible talent of the men and women who come from around the country, even from around the world,” Mrs. King said.  “They work together and in a short time are able to entertain us with top notch productions.  We’ve got something here better than you can see in larger cities.  The TSF Guild welcomes the theatre company and patrons of the theatre to East Texas with open arms, and our goal is to make their experience here as enjoyable as possible.”

In addition to her support of the TSF as a member of the guild, Mrs. King also serves as assistant first vice president for the Longview Women’s Forum. 

“I have been so blessed myself and feel the need to share those blessings; a kind of pay-it-forward mentality,” Mrs. King said.  “Like it says in the Bible, ‘As I have loved you, so you must love one another.’  I enjoy helping others.”

Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Mrs. King has lived in the Longview community for 29 years.  She graduated from Westbury High School in Houston, Texas, and earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin.  Mrs. King and her husband, Dr. Craig King, will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary in July.  They have two adult children, Amy (King) Geppert and Alan King. As a member of First Christian Church, Mrs. King serves as a deacon, is a finance committee member, and is in both the chancel and hand bell choirs.

“I enjoy the slower pace of Longview, especially less traffic,” Mrs. King said.  “Yet, we have many of the things a large city has - a mall, the symphony, ballet, and opera, and parks and fitness centers.  I can have lunch or dinner with friends at great restaurants or go dancing with my husband.”

For additional information on the Texas Shakespeare Festival, please call 903-983-8601, or visit www.TexasShakespeare.com.




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