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Images of Shakespeare charactersPlease be sure to read all of the information below, and familiarize yourself with the Presentation Rules/FAQs, Schedule of Events and parking information for you and your guests.

Registration / Check-In Info

Please check-in at the Waltmar Theatre lobby:

  • Friday, February 21: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 22: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 45th Annual Henry Kemp-Blair Shakespeare Festival at Chapman University!

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+ - Schedule of Events

We welcome all participating schools in the audience during presentations

NOTE: All events subject to change.

Schedule for Friday, February 21, 2020

11:00 to 1:00 p.m. - Registration/Check-In Waltmar Theatre lobby

1:00 to 1:30 p.m. - Welcome and Orientation Chapman Auditorium, Memorial Hall

1:45 to 4:30 p.m. - Presentations

  • Scenes - Waltmar Theatre
  • Monologues - Moulton 149 (Studio Theatre)

4:30 p.m. - Dismissal (no formal gathering)

7:30 p.m. - Department of Theatre presents 9 to 5: The Musical at the Musco Center for the Arts

  • Tickets required

Schedule for Saturday, February 22, 2020

9:00 to 9:45 a.m. - Assembly Chapman Auditorium, Memorial Hall

10:00 to 11:30 a.m. - Workshop Sessions Locations TBA

11:30 to 1:15 p.m. - No-host lunch break

1:15 to 4:30 p.m. - Presentations (continue)

  • Scenes - Waltmar Theatre
  • Monologues - Moulton 149 (Studio Theatre)
  • Designs - Moulton 167

4:30 to 5:00 p.m. - Judges' deliberation

5:00 to 5:30 p.m. - Awards Ceremony Chapman Auditorium, Memorial Hall

7:30 p.m. - Department of Theatre presents 9 to 5: The Musical at the Musco Center for the Arts

  • Tickets required

+ - Presentation Rules / FAQs

Students work with Shakespearean clinicians

We will strictly enforce the time limits for scene and monologue presentations in the spirit of fairness. Performance times will occur on Friday and Saturday afternoons.

  • Scene presentations are performed on the Waltmar Theatre stage. Scenes will be presented on the forestage, which is 35 feet wide by 15 feet deep, backed by a black curtain. Entrances are available stage right and left. Only one scene may be presented from each high school, and it can be no longer than eight minutes. It may include as many as 15 students.
  • Monologue presentations are in our 50-seat “black box” studio theatre, Moulton Hall 149. The playing area is 22 feet wide by 18 feet deep. Two monologues may be submitted from each high school. Each can be no longer than two minutes.
  • Lighting for both scene and monologue presentations: After a presentation has been announced by the M.C., the stage lights will fade out and remain dark for ten seconds. During this time the actor/s may take their place/s on stage if they wish or they may wait for the lights to come up and then enter in light. No lights will be lowered at the end of a scene unless cued by a school’s stage manager.
  • Costumes, makeup and props must be provided by each high school. Do not feel obligated to use Elizabethan garb. Successful past scenes have included a variety of period and contemporary dress.
  • Sound support is not offered. If you require sound, please bring your own portable equipment.
  • We urge groups NOT to bring scenery unless it is free standing, and can be erected in 2 minutes. Basic tables and chairs will be provided. NO LIQUIDS, DIRT, GLITTER, SPRAY, DRY ICE OR FIRE IS ALLOWED ON THE STAGE. Please check with the Festival Coordinator about any substances you wish to bring onstage.
  • Design presentations will consist of a 10-minute presentation period in one of Moulton Hall's classroom facilities where participants may show a 3D model or drawing of a set, costume, lighting or make-up design for one of two plays (A Midsummer Night's Dream or Macbeth). Participants should be prepared with a written portion of their presentation (does not need to be memorized) and be able to answer questions with clarity. Following their presentation, two judges will ask questions regarding the design. Due to the low number of design presentations, these will only occur in the afternoon portion of Saturday.
  • Makeup and dressing facilities are provided.
  • Refreshments and bottled water will be provided.

+ - What's On Stage - 9 to 5: The Musical

Promotional image for 9 to 5 The MusicalThe Department of Theatre is excited to present "9 to 5: The Musical" during the 45th Annual Henry Kemp-Blair Shakespeare Festival. Performed in the beautiful Musco Center for the Arts, the College of Performing Arts is offering special $10 discounted admission for Shakespeare Festival attendees (up to 20 tickets - use promotional code "Shakesfest2020"). Attendance is optional however tickets must be purchased in advance.

Schools can choose between two (2) performance options:

  • Friday, February 21st at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 22nd at 7:30 p.m.


9 to 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie. Set in the late 1970s. this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic.

Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains "otherwise engaged," the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can't she?

+ - Maps and Parking Info

Shakespearian actor reads verseThe Festival is located on the Chapman University campus in Orange, CA. Please see our campus map for driving directions.

Car Parking

There is no free parking on the Chapman campus. Pre-registered participant schools will be issued electronic parking passes through Chapman Public Safety for the time they will be on campus. Visitors may only park in the Barrera Structure (corner of Sycamore and Lemon) or West Campus Structure on Friday, and the Barrera Structure or the Lastinger Structure (beneath the Athletic Field, access from Walnut Avenue) on Saturday. All visitors must display the issued short-term parking permit. Always check our campus website for the latest information.

Parking across the street from the University or in the nearby neighborhood is illegal and the city will ticket your car. You may park along the University perimeter on Palm or Center Streets right by the Waltmar Theatre, if available. You may unload equipment and passengers at the Waltmar steps and then park in designated areas.

Bus Parking and Unloading

If you are bringing a school bus, we ask that you clearly indicate this when you register so that special parking can be arranged. Unloading of busses can only occur where indicated on Glassell Street.

Parking for busses is a short drive from campus: El Camino Park, corner of Walnut Avenue and Main Street.


Prof. Thomas L. Bradac
Festival Director
(714) 744-7016

Joann King
Festival Coordinator
(714) 744-7001