Shakespeare in the Park

Kerrville to have Shakespeare in the Park

Playhouse 2000 and the City of Kerrville partner to bring local performance to Louise Hays Park

            The City of Kerrville has partnered with local community theater Playhouse 2000 to bring an exciting addition to the summer schedule in Louise Hays Park.  An outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be offered free to the public on June 1st and 2nd at 8:00 each night, with a possible Matinee performance at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 3rd.

            City Manager Todd Parton and Playhouse 2000’s Executive Director Jeffrey Brown are finalizing plans to create this wonderful weekend on the river.

            Like many great outdoor Shakespeare events, this presentation will be inviting for whole families, who are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs, share a picnic, and enjoy a timeless classic in a relaxed atmosphere.  This event offers pleasant evening entertainment on the refreshing banks of the Guadalupe River.  The evening shows will conclude by about 9:30 p.m.  No admission will be charged though voluntary contributions will be accepted to help defray costs and encourage further productions in later years.

            Directed by Heather Cunningham, the cast for this production is drawn from across the Hill Country, and includes many of the same talented actors who appeared in the Playhouse 2000 production of Much Ado About Nothing last season.  Among them are Ken DeZarn and Amelia Weatherford as Oberon and Titania, real-life couple Amy and Marcus Goodyear as Helena and Demetrius, and Kenzie Stewart as the mischievous Puck.

            A Midsummer Night’s Dream tells the story of four lovers who each want someone who they can’t have. The play includes two rulers from different worlds looking forward to their honeymoon; a group of clumsy actors, trying to put on a “tragic” play for their Duke’s upcoming wedding and the marital quarrels of two omnipotent beings, whose conflicts wreak havoc on the weather and those around them. All of this craziness is tied together by a mischievous imp. In one crazy night in the woods, Shakespeare teaches the audience about love, breakups, marriage, death, life, fairies, some odd plants and a donkey.

            Playhouse 2000 is Kerrville’s Community Theater, managing and performing in both the Kathleen C. Cailloux City Center for the Performing Arts and the VK Garage Theater, both on Main Street in Kerrville.  Details on this and other Playhouse 2000 events can be found on-line at www.CaillouxTheater.com or www.Playhouse2000.com, or by calling 896-9393.

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