Posted by: cvancil | June 17, 2009

Upcoming Event: Central Coast Shakespeare Festival

Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to see great performances in Paso Robles!  Below is information on the 2009 Summer Central Coast Shakespeare Festival.  It runs from July 10 to August 15, and ticket prices are a modest $18-$20.  This is a great way to meet the locals and share in the joy of the arts.  Unfortunately my I will miss opening night by just one day, but if there is room in the summer schedule for another trip, I’ll do my best to make the festival this year!

Below is all the information you’ll need, and naturally, it is courtesy of the festival itself.

Magic, sprites and Love Potions, Pirates and Buried Treasure!

The Central Coast Shakespeare Festival announces our 2009 Season:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare & Treasure Island by Phil Wilmott, from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Grab beach chairs, blankets, family and friends – pack a picnic basket to enjoy while watching live theatre under starry Central Coast skies.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare [click here to buy tickets online]

Lord, what fools these mortals be!

The Central Coast Shakespeare Festival invites you to enjoy one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays – A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Join the mischievous Puck in a moonlit night of havoc and hilarity. A wonderful show to enjoy with your whole family, and a great introduction to Shakespeare for those who have never had the pleasure of seeing his work on stage.

If we shadows have offended,

Think but this, and all is mended,

That you have but slumbered here

While these visions did appear.

Treasure Island

by Phil Willmott, from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson [click here to buy tickets online]

Ahoy me Hearties!

Peg legs, eye patches, parrots and rum: All our images of what a pirate is stem from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. His timeless tale of a young man’s adventure hunting pirate treasure has had countless retellings since its first publication in 1883. Our 2008 adaptation by Phil Wilmott has kept the heart of the tale, while updating the cast of characters to include not only sea dogs but sea wenches as well! Audiences of all ages will enjoy this hilarious and rollicking rendition. Complete with opportunities for audience involvement!

Our season will open Friday, July 10 and run through Saturday, August 15th. In the mean time, we still need help to make the 2009 season happen. Be an early donor and get us off to a great start in our new location with a tax deductible donation!

P.S.  This venue has no seats. Very few CCSF venues have ever had actual seats. You sit (or lie) in the grass. Here’s the fun of that: bring blankets or folding chairs (taller chairs will generally be asked to sit towards the back or in a special area so as not to block the view of those on blankets), bring a picnic, bring popcorn, bring bread to break with those around you, whatever floats your boat. Lounge under the open sky, sip at a glass of wine, and enjoy Shakespeare and other entertainments as the summer sun sets on the warm central coast of California.

Does it get any better than that?


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