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September 2003

Release Date: September 10, 2003

Day Tour Offered of Shakespearean Theatre, and Midland/Odessa Attractions Sept. 14

A one-day tour for theater lovers is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 14, to the Globe Theatre in Odessa as part of a travel program sponsored by Angelo State University's Division of Continuing Studies.

The "Visit to the Globe Theatre" is scheduled noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $79 per person and includes transportation, all admission fees, play tickets and instruction. In addition to the Globe Theatre in Odessa, stops will include a coffee house and the Centennial Plaza Water Garden in Midland.

Built in the 1960s, Odessa's Globe Theatre is run by a non-profit organization presenting classical and modern plays on an Elizabethan stage. The Odessa structure is a replica of the original Globe Theatre, the home of William Shakespeare's English acting company. The 410-seat, octagonal theater was built to bring a bit of British flair to the West Texas landscape and to provide a proper showcase in which to present the Bard's plays.

Prior to the play, participants will tour a replica of Anne Hathaway's cottage. The replica was built in 1988 across the courtyard from the Globe Theatre and is located on the Odessa College campus. The cottage houses the Anne Hathaway Library which contains displays of special interest to Shakespeare fans.

After a performance of Shakespeare's "As You Like It," participants will travel to Midland for dinner at a coffee house. Before returning to San Angelo, participants will tour the Centennial Plaza Water Garden. Centennial Plaza was designed to be a people-oriented park where a cascading water fountain and water wall would provide cool relief from the West Texas sun. The focal point of the Plaza is the 143-foot long, 4.5-foot tall sculptured brick wall depicting the history of Midland. Nearby, on the south Midland Center wall is a bronze plaque depicting the rescue of Jessica McClure from an abandoned water well in October 1987.

Joyce Gray, tour developer and course instructor, said, "This trip was put together to allow residents of the Concho Valley to enjoy some of the cultural events in West Texas. Not only can participants relive the life and works of William Shakespeare, they can enjoy some of the architectural beauty of the Midland/Odessa area. Best of all, we take care of the driving and all trip arrangements for them."

The tour will leave from the ASU Continuing Studies Building at noon Sept. 14 and return by 9 p.m. To register or to seek additional information, contact the ASU Division of Continuing Studies at (325) 942-2339.