Drama students from around British Columbia are in Summerland this weekend for the 15th annual Good Will Shakespeare Festival.
There are 323 students, 15 workshop leaders and 20 teachers at this year’s event, in addition to local volunteers.
In addition, Grade 8 students from Summerland Middle School took part in related activities on Wednesday.
Megan Lindow, president of the Good Will Shakespeare Society, said the festival has benefitted those who have attended in the past.
Lindow said there are 10 workshops and four intensive sessions scheduled for this year. Workshop leaders include members of the provincial and international theatre community.
“It is such an established festival it has gained a lot of attention in the theatre industry,” she said.
Some of the presenters were participants in the festival when they were younger. The Shakespeare Festival is one of the few non-competitive festivals for students, she added.
Local sponsors of this year’s festival include the Summerland Credit Union and the Summerland Rotary Club. In addition, a GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise additional money for the festival this year.