Tenth Anniversary in 2013

Tenth Anniversary Party   |   November 30, 2013

San Jose Youth Shakespeare celebrated ten years of ground-breaking Youth Shakespeare productions at our The Tenth Anniversary Party on Saturday November 30, 2013, at Napredak Hall in San Jose.

gala_image[1]The event was a gala celebration, not a fundraiser, with the most important aspect being the people who attended. Everyone who participated in a production in any way was not only welcome to attend — we really wanted them to attend. This anniversary event was about bringing people together who contributed to the first decade of YouthShakes’ history, whether in one show or fifteen.

We enjoyed a catered dinner, swing dancing, and some special presentations. As usual for YouthShakes, children age ten and under were welcome to attend.


“When we started this company towards the end of 2003, we were a small ramshackle band of homeschooling families with a simple goal: to perform one full-length Shakespeare play. As we approach the end of 2013, our list of past productions is almost too long to fit in the program, and the number of different young people who have participated onstage along the way has grown to well over 100. If you add the people who have volunteered offstage, the number is probably well over 200. Some families have come and gone, and some have stayed the distance, but this anniversary party is all about bringing everyone together, everyone who has contributed to the first decade of our history.” – Bob Rumsby, September 19, 2013


I hope you are all coming — why wouldn’t you? The evening will include, drum roll, a revival of Act 5 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from 2010…can you bear to miss it? Paul Torreano in a dress and wig…can you beat that for entertainment? Have you seen The Bergomask Dance? If not, you haven’t lived!. – Bob Rumsby, November 11, 2013


We hope you all had a blast at the party on Saturday! It was great to see so many old and new faces there. What an awesome way to celebrate ten awesome years!

We really missed all of those who were unable to attend. We have several yearbooks left, if anyone who missed the event would like to order them or to purchase an extra book.

It’s not too late to go around getting more signatures — or essays, which I saw being written in some of the books that night.

Thanks to all who helped make this event such a huge success. I hope to see you all very soon, if not at our upcoming production of The Tempest!
Mary Florek, December 5

To request a Yearbook, contact San Jose Youth Shakespeare at 408-978-5516 or info@youthshakes.org


‘A living drollery! Now I will believe that there are unicorns.’
The Tempest: Act 3, Scene 3