Shakespeare Alive!—an evening of theatre, music and poetry by Shakespeare and inspired by Shakespeare—features the best of Northern Arizona University’s musical and theatrical talent.

The free performance, with no tickets required, takes place 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, at NAU’s Ardrey Memorial Auditorium.

NAU students, faculty, alumni and academic leaders perform dramatic readings, songs and sonnets. Theatrical numbers include Cole Porter’s Brush Up Your Shakespeare, from Kiss Me Kate, a scene from NAU’s fall production of The Comedy of Errors, and a dramatic performance of Une Tempête, a 1969 play by Aimé Césaire adapted from Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Live musical selections include songs by Cole Porter, Igor Stravinsky, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Strauss. Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter hits a beat with a series of sonnets spoken by NAU leadership.

Free parking is available in Lot P13, adjacent to the Performing and Fine Arts Building and Cline Library.