Shakespeare in the Park is back

Hannah Swayze • Aug 27, 2018 at 3:45 AM

This weekend, Shakespeare in the Park returns to Johnson City with a comedy fun for the whole family. With show times Saturday and Sunday at 5:30 p.m. September 1,2,8 and 9 in founder Park, this summer show adds onto the multitude of summer events happening in downtown Johnson City. 

The show?

This year’s show chosen for Shakespeare in the Park is, the bard’s comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing.” The show follows the story of Beatrice and Benedick who are tricked by friends and family into believe the two are in love with each other by various tricks and antics.

The cast features Arem Adren as Benedick, Lynnea Hunter as Beatrice, Marcy Pumilla as Leonata and Sarah Lewis as Don Pedro.

What to expect?

“In a word: eclectic,” said Sherwood.

There will be no petticoats or men in tights in this production. While there is a “light” 70s theme to the clothes, the show is planning to be anything but traditional.

Sherwood said that there will be some music and funky costumes throughout the show as well.

“My goal as director is to use all of that in a way that will engage the audiences with the story.

IF i can communicate the story in a better way by making untraditional choices with those things, that i”m gonna do it,” said Sherwood.

What to bring?

Your ID. Johnson City Brewing is a sponsor if Shakespeare in the Park and will be serving up some of their brews during the show.

A blanket and chairs. True to its name, Shakespeare in the Park will be taking place in the Founders Park Amphitheatre. Audience member who do not want to sit on the grass will need to bring blankets or chairs to sit on during the show.

Your friends and family. This show is suitable for all ages. Sherwood says that he show is fun to bring the family and past shows have been well-received by children and adults alike.

“[The cast members] are all volunteer, all ages, all backgrounds, all of our shows are free and we just love having families come,” said Sherwood.

When is this happening?

Opening this weekend, Shakespeare in the Park has performances September 1, 2, 8 and 9. The show begins in Founders Park in downtown Johnson City at 5:30 p.m. each evening. In case of rain, performances will be moved to the pavilion where the farmers market is held.

For more information about performances of Shakespeare in the Park in Johnson City, follow the group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ShakespeareInJC/.

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