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Tahoe Shakespeare festival to feature Romeo and Juliet in 2015

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Actors with the Great Lakes Theater perform a scene from the Shakespeare classic, Romeo and Juliet.
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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival will feature an expanded two-show season in 2015.

Organizers recently announced the festival’s 43rd year will be headlined by productions of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and the romantic musical, The Fantasticks.

Known as “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told,” Romeo and Juliet is “Shakespeare’s powerfully poetic and tragic tale of love and loss (that) will steal your heart and leave you breathless. Transcending the hate of warring factions, two young, star-crossed lovers risk all they have to be together. However, the same passion that stirs the lovers’ hearts also fuels the wrath of their feuding families and exacts heart-rending results,” according to the festival.

It marks only the third time the Tahoe festival has produced a Romeo and Juliet performance. Previous shows were in 2007 and 1998.

The festival will offer live daily entertainment from July 10 through Aug. 23, 2015. It’s held under the stars on Tahoe’s north shore at Sand Harbor State Park near Incline Village.

Romeo and Juliet and The Fantasticks will be performed in rotating repertory by a single company of actors at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays.

“A charming and romantic musical about one young couple, two ‘feuding’ fathers and an infinite love that transcends over time, The Fantasticks whimsically whisks audiences on a journey of imagination into a world of moonlight, magic and memory,” according to the festival.

A Monday Night Showcase series will feature a diverse array of live music and entertainment. A complete lineup of events will be announced in the spring.

The festival annually draws more than 30,000 people from across the country.

“Building upon the momentum of the extraordinary growth that we’ve experienced at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival over the past five seasons, we are elated to satisfy the demand of our audience for more world-class theater productions …” LTSF Producing Artistic Director Charles Fee said in a statement. “Our ability to produce this expanded, two-show season is a testament to our community’s support of arts and culture, the steadfast commitment of our board of trustees and the passion of our talented artistic team of actors, directors and designers.”

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival was formed in 1972 and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit established for the cultural benefit and enjoyment of all residents of and visitors to our region.

At its start, performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream were held at the Ehrman Mansion on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore from 1973-75, before the festival moved to Sand Harbor and began varying its productions.

Visit laketahoeshakespeare.com to learn more.