Sixth District Metro Councilman David James and Kentucky Shakespeare are inviting Louisville families and visitors to spend Saturday afternoon at our beautiful and historic Central Park, for some wholesome family entertainment.
The Second annual Saturday in the Park was created to show off our Olmstead-inspired park, along with the wonderful mansions of St. James Court and Old Louisville.
The free event is co-sponsored by Louisville’s world-famous Shakespeare in the Park; the oldest free Shakespearian group in the United States.
Free festivities tomorrow will include an interactive children’s theater featuring Julies Caesar and Bard Buddies, inflatable games, face painting, live music from The Dick Sisto Trio and The Mike Tracy Brazilian Ensemble and more.
As an added attraction, guests will be treated to a showing of Michael Curtiz’ 1942 masterpiece, “Casablanca,” starring Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorie, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, and the ever-popular Sydney Greenstreet. Once again, Dooley Wilson will play “As Time Goes By,” on the upright piano in Rick’s Café Americain. And, once again, fans will watch closely to see if Rick really says, “Play it again, Sam.”
The movie is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. Weather permitting (the forecast is for fair skies), we will get to hear Capt. Louis Renault tell us that he’s “Shocked! Shocked!” and then bark out the command, “Round up the usual suspects!” They just don’t make movies like that any more.
Saturday in the Park is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- 2-4 Live Music: Mike Tracy Brazilian Ensemble
- 3-4 Bard Buddies Education Program
- 4-6 Live Music: Dick Sisto Trio
- 5-6 Bard Buddies Education Program
- 6-9 Movies on the Big Screen: Casablanca
Central Park is located in Old Louisville, at Fourth Street and Park Avenue.
It’s good family fun, and it’s FREE.
FUN FACTS: Warner Brothers originally wanted Ronald Reagan to play the part of Rick Blaine. They then suggested George Raft, but finally settled on tough-guy Humphrey Bogart. Filming commenced before the script was completed, and the writers came up with two alternate endings: One, where Rick gets on the plane with Ilse, and another, in which Rick and Louis run off together to join the French Foreign Legion. No spoiler alert here; you’ll just have to watch the movie to see how things turn out.