Tickets Now Available for the 2008 Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival | SierraSun.com

Tickets Now Available for the 2008 Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

INCLINE VILLAGE – Escape for a moment from winter to summer at Lake Tahoe with a click of the mouse. Tickets for the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s most innovative season to date are now available online with reduced handling fees at http://www.LakeTahoeShakespeare.com.

The 36th annual production, scheduled for July 10 – Aug. 17, 2008, debuts the Festival’s in-house production team and brings together two Shakespeare classics – the gleefully wicked “Richard III” and the impishly interfering immortals in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The productions are complemented by the contemporary love story, “CAMBIO,” an original musical based on the novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

“The diversity of themes in the trio of plays and the emphasis on the anti-hero creates an exciting backdrop for the 2008 season,” said Catherine Atack, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. “We hope that audiences will enjoy attending each of our three performances in 2008 and embrace the differences in each of the plays as part of our varied and richly diverse season. In addition, we’re excited to provide audeinces with a completely fresh take on the Festival experience with our new in-house production and artistic direction. We are delighted to present our first ever performance of Shakespeare’s “Richard III” and a new, vibrant, romantic and extremely exciting musical in “CAMBIO” on Monday nights. It’s going to be an exciting season for our patrons – new and returning.”

The 2008 season will be the Festival’s first with in-house artistic director, Jan Powell, and an opportunity for more integration of local talent. Through Powell’s direction the team is working to create new, more environmentally-encompassing sets, fresh costume designs, choreographed dancing and swordplay and, in the case of “CAMBIO,” an orignial script and score. “We’re thrilled to be able to tap into the vast talent in the Reno-Tahoe area and make it an intrinsic part of creating our new artistic vision in this community,” said Powell. “Our goal is to support and utilize the talent base in the region as well as bring new talent in from the rest of the country, in order to create an exceptional theatre experience for our audiences.”

Local and national auditions will bring a new cast of actors to the Festival’s stage as well. Add to the mix gourmet food and drink from Shakespeare’s Kitchen, the fresh Sierra Nevada air, the crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe and an amphitheatre set on the north shore’s pristine white sandy beach, and there’s no other venue in the country that provides the sensory stimulation that can be found at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.

Tickets are available for immediate purchase online at http://www.LakeTahoeShakespeare.com or by calling 800-747-SHOWS ( 800-747-4697 ) and start at $22 for open seating tiers and range in options up to the premier Reserved Seating section from $67. Information about the 2008 season, membership, volunteer opportunities and sponsorships is available online.

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The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established for the cultural benefit and enjoyment of all residents and visitors to Lake Tahoe and Reno. Annually drawing more than 30,000 attendees from across the country to the specially built Warren Edward Trepp Stage along the north shore of Lake Tahoe, the Festival is a regional advocate for producing the finest cultural events in the region. Through its in-house artistic direction, the Festival produces three plays each summer, creating original costuming, set design and choreography, and attracting a team of national and international stage talent. The Festival’s community outreach includes an annual program, InterACT, designed to educate future generations on the importance of the arts, theatre and music.