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Alabama Shakespeare Festival


Alabama Shakespeare Festival


This year’s play line-up consists of Shakespeare’s ever popular Romeo and Juliet, updated to mid twentieth-century America to show, as ASF puts it, “what happens when a community fails its young people,” and the comedy-drama Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling. Harling’s play has been on Broadway and also was made into a movie. The play is set in Louisiana, where Harling is from, but he also used to visit an aunt who lived in Cave Spring, Georgia, just a few miles from GHC’s Floyd campus. Both plays will be performed by the professional acting company at ASF. Steel Magnolias will feature a live music pre-show, and trip participants may choose to attend a “Bard Talk” before one of the performances.

Saturday will feature a stop for lunch, supper at Golden Corral, and the performance of Steel Magnolias on the Octagon Stage. An additional activity for Saturday is being planned.

Sunday’s itinerary includes a visit to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, a boxed lunch on the beautifully landscaped ASF theater grounds and time to explore the grounds, visit the gift shop, etc., before the afternoon performance of Romeo and Juliet on the Festival Stage.


The trip fee covers

  • tour bus transportation
  • one night’s lodging at Best Western Inn (with complimentary breakfast)
  • admission to the two plays
  • two side excursions
  • a background information packet on the plays
  • a boxed lunch and dinner Saturday night

The trip fee varies according to the number of persons per hotel room.  The total per-person trip prices are as follows: 4 per room-$110, 3 per room-$120, 2 per room-$135. Rooms will have two queen beds. (Approximately $25 in spending money will be needed to pay for 2 meals and snacks not covered by the trip fee.) The Dept. of Student Life will make roommate assignments for those who request help in finding roommates, but will not be able to guarantee the requested number of persons per room.  Coed rooms for unmarried couples are not allowed.


The trip is open to Georgia Highlands College students, employees, and their guests.  Sign-up begins on Feb. 4 in the Office of Student Life on all GHC campuses and continues on a first-come, first-served basis until the sign-up deadline of March 4, unless tickets run out before then. A $50 deposit is required at the time of sign-up. The deposit becomes non-refundable on March 4. The balance of the trip fee is due March 20. The balance also becomes non-refundable on that date. (If someone must cancel from the trip after the refund dates, an effort will be made to find a replacement so a refund can be made, but this cannot be guaranteed.)

Extra Credit

English classes, some other humanities and social science classes, and perhaps other classes as well will offer extra credit to trip participants.

For additional information about the trip, please contact the Office of Student Life staff member at your campus: Mr. Spranza on the Floyd Campus (706-368-7721), Mr. Puckett at Cartersville (678-872-8006), Mrs. Simmons at Marietta (678-872-8510), Ms. Signoret at Paulding & Douglasville (678-872-4223); or Dr. Kemper in the Humanities Division at 706-368-7626.