Friday, July 30, 2010

Adirondack Shakespeare in the Park

Free Shakespeare in the Adirondack Park is on the road for its second year presenting live performances in various outdoor venues throughout the Park. For those in the Tri-Lakes it will all start tomorrow at White Pines Camp in Paul Smiths. The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake is bringing this performance to 20 towns within the Blue Line so don’t fret, there is plenty of opportunity to see this version of “Twelfth Night.”

Last year’s performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was a 45-minute romp within an Adirondack setting, lumberjacks and even a back-flipping Robin Goodfellow in snowshoes.

This year’s play of mistaken identities will take us to a 1950s lakeside camp where Viola will find her way ashore during a 4th of July celebration. Believing her twin brother, Sebastian, did not survive the storm Viola dresses like a boy and all sorts of hijinks commence. This shortened version is a mixture of professional and amateur actors.

The 7:00 p.m. performance on July 30th will be at White Pine Camp in Paul Smiths. Originally built in 1907, White Pines became the Summer White House in 1926 for President Calvin Coolidge. Situated among 35 acres of land, White Pine Camp houses 18 buildings and an interesting architectural history.

Then the tour continues to Inlet, Speculator, Thendara and Newcomb to arrive at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts for the August 2nd performance hosted on its back lawn. People are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and picnic fare though some concession food will be available. The LPCA theatre will be made available in case of rain.

After shows in Old Forge and Minerva the Tri-Lakes tour returns on August 5th to Flanders Park in Tupper Lake with a beautiful backdrop of Raquette Pond.

A full schedule of all the Shakespeare venues can be found at the Adirondack Lakes Center of the Arts.

Shakespeare isn’t the only option as Pendragon Theatre continues its 30th year celebration with “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe” tonight, Imaginary Invalid on Friday and Moby Dick Rehearsed on Saturday with a Sunday matinee.

photo of the cast from the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts cast of Twelfth Night used with permission from the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts

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