The SSF got fully underway on the UA Little Rock campus on March 12, 1998 with classes from three high schools (Bryant, Marcia Key, instructor; Parkview, Judy Goss and Jerry Cook, instructors; Robinson, Lori Delk, instructor), one junior high (Southwest, Carolyn Jennings, instructor), and one elementary school (Meadow Park, Rick Kron, instructor). There were also performances by UA Little Rock students in English and Theater. Scenes from six plays by Shakespeare were presented, as well as a collage of love scenes across the plays.
The SSF continued as a one-day event in 1999 (3/11), and several new schools took part: North Pulaski High (Patricial Whitaker, Instructor), Dunbar Junior High (Darrel Carr, Instructor), Ridgeroad Middle School (Julia Markham, Instructor). Bryant HS returned (now also with Susie Fowler, instructor), as did Meadow Park, Robinson, and Parkview.