Kentucky Shakespeare Festival announces its 48th season of “Free Will” in Old Louisville’s Central Park with the expansion to two professional shows, Julius Caesar and Pericles. Julius Caesar is directed this year by Director of Education, Pamela Di Pasquale. Directing Pericles in his final year as Producing Artistic Director is Curt L. Toftland.
Adding to the “Festival” atmosphere, The Greenshow continues this year with pre-show entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening beginning at 6:30 including music, juggling, singers, sword fights, Shakespeare spoofs, and performances by Shakespeare Youth Academy. Come early and enjoy the revelry of Shakespeare and the Renaissance. New to the Greenshow this year is a Speaker Series, pre-show discussions beginning at 7:15 pm July 8-13. For more information, visit our website at www.kyshakes.org/SICP.
Shakespeare Youth Academy continues its mission of providing highest quality Shakespeare education through age appropriate camps for children aged 5-18 throughout the summer at various locations. Programs include Will’s Pals, Camp Shakespeare, Revels, Globe Players and Apprenticeships. During “Family Week,” Globe Players (Shakespeare Youth Academy’s teen group) will present Twelfth Night while the Revels (middle school campers) will explore “Shakespeare’s Fools and Clowns”. To register for camps, go to www.kyshakes.org or call (502)637-4933.
“Family Week” (July 16-20) is another new addition to the Festival this year. Completely kid-friendly, Family Week will include “Kids Globe”, child-oriented pre-show entertainment and activities geared for kids age 5-12 and their parents. Activities include Elizabethan dancing, age-appropriate sword play, and crafts. Booths will also be available to groups who provide services to children and families. Professional childcare services will be provided by Kids’ Fun Connection during the main stage performances. The Revels will present “Shakespeare’s Fools and Clowns” at 7:30 PM and the Globe Players will begin the main stage performance of Twelfth Night at 8:00 PM. For more information on Family Week, go to www.kyshakes.org or call (502)637-4933.
Also new to the Festival this year will be “Group Nights”. Any company, employee association, social club, church group, scout troop, civic club, or other organization who attends one of the free summer season performances together will be publicly acknowledged during intermission and provided space for a publicity table near Will’s Gift Shoppe. To arrange for a “Group Night”, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
All performances are held at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre in Central Park located at 4th and Magnolia in the Old Louisville historic district, are as always free, and begin at 8 PM.
June 18 – Julius Caesar preview 8 PM
June 19 - 22, 25-28, July 9, 11, 13 - Julius Caesar 8PM
July 2 – Pericles preview 8PM
July 3, 5-6, July 8, 10, 12 - Pericles (No Performance July 4) 8PM
July 8-13 – Speaker Series
June 20-21, 27-28, July 11-12, 18-19 - Greenshow
July 16-20 – Family Week including Kids Globe 6:30-7:45 PM; Greenshow 6:30 PM; Revels’ “Shakespeare’s Fools and Clowns” 7:30 PM; Globe Players’ Twelfth Night 8:00 PM