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Woodstock to honor Orson Welles

Orson Welles

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By Associated Press

Woodstock is planning a festival in May to honor writer and director Orson Welles.

The Northwest Herald reports the festival will mark the 80th anniversary of when Welles returned to Woodstock in 1934 to direct theater and make his first film. The May celebration is part two of a three-part series of events to honor Welles in Woodstock. The suburb plans to dedicate the Woodstock Opera House's stage to Welles in February.


The festival will be May 16-17. It will include scholarly discussions on Welles, who attended Woodstock's Todd School for Boys.

The Academy Award-winning Welles is famous for the movie "Citizen Kane."

Local residents also are planning an event to mark what would have been Welles' 100th birthday in May 6, 2015.

Welles was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin and later attended the Todd School for Boys in Woodstock. He returned a number of times to Woodstock to direct his alma mater's student productions. He also attended the Chicago Art Institute.

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