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Shakespeare Festival in Williamsburg looking for boost from state

So here is your trivia quiz of the day . What do all of the following have in common ? Virginia Big-eared bat, Milk, "Chesapeake Bay Deadrise.", Brook Trout, Striped Bass. Fleet of the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery, American Dogwood and "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama,"

imageDid you guess they were all official emblems and designations of the Commonwealth of Virginia ? me neither.

In hopes of joining them State Senator. Thomas Norment, of Williamsburg has introduced a bill that  would designate the Virginia Shakespeare Festival in Williamsburg as the official Shakespeare Festival of Virginia, in hopes of increasing tourism to the area

The bill comes as the festival prepares to mark its 35th anniversary this summer. Over the years, more than 300,000 people have attended the performances. The legislation notes that Shakespeare’s work was first performed in the New World at Williamsburg in 1753. So it seems fitting that the commonwealth’s official festival would be located there.
The idea was brought to Norment in October by Robert Ruffin, the interim producing director for the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, which is presented by the College of William and Mary.
The Virginia Shakespeare Festival typically consists of three productions performed in Phi Beta Kappa Hall on the William and Mary campus.
Norment, who serves as an adjunct professor for William and Mary’s law school, agrees that making it the official Shakespeare festival of the commonwealth would boost local tourism.
“The Virginia Shakespeare Festival attracts visitors to the Historic Triangle every year, providing quality entertainment for our visitors and residents alike,” he said. “By designating it as Virginia’s official Shakespeare Festival, this outstanding community asset will achieve the recognition it deserves and increase its ability to draw even more visitors to our region.”
Norment’s proposal, Senate Bill 1123, is awaiting a vote in the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee.

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