Monday, May 21, 2007

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival announces the 47th season of Shakespeare in Central Park.

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival will open the 2007 summer season on June 21, 2007 beginning with the professional production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. This play has enjoyed three other productions since its 1969 debut in Central Park.

The second production of the summer season will be the lighthearted comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, performed by the Festival’s high school theatre troupe, the Globe Players. Since its 1964 premiere in Central Park, the play has been produced seven times by the Festival’s professional acting company. This season marks the first time that the Globe Players will be performing The Taming of the Shrew.

In addition, the Festival provides accessibility to everyone with the return of Shadow Sign performances for both Measure for Measure and The Taming of the Shrew. Courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts, the hearing impaired will be able to view signing actors as they shadow the other actors on select evenings.

Since 1960, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival has been dedicated to providing free, professional, classical theatre to the community. Performances are held at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre in Central Park. The park is located in historic Old Louisville at the corner of 4th and Magnolia. As tradition, all summer performances are free of charge and begin at 8:00 p.m.

All new this season is The Greenshow, pre-play entertainment and activities. Summer audiences can arrive early for madrigal singers, jugglers, sword fighters, music, Shakespeare Youth Academy performances, Shakespeare spoofs, and much more. The Greenshow festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. on select evenings.

June 20- Sneak Preview Measure for Measure
June 21-24, June 26-July 1, July 3-8- Measure for Measure
July 13-15- Measure for Measure Shadow Sign Performances
July 10-11- The Taming of the Shrew
July 12- The Taming of the Shrew Shadow Sign Performance
July 10-15- Pre-show entertainment in the Kids’ Globe at rear of amphitheatre
July 12 & 14- Professional child care provided during performance in the Kids’ Globe
June 22-23, June 28-30, July 6-7, July 10-15- The Greenshow

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