Rome Shake­speare Festival’s “A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream” set to open May 31

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From May 31-June 5, 2016, Shake­speare’s rol­lick­ing comedy “A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream” will en­ter­tain au­di­ences in five free pic­nic per­for­mances sched­uled on down­town Rome’s Town Green.

“A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream” boasts new mu­sic, songs and dances writ­ten ex­pressly for the pro­duc­tion. With lyrics by Gail Deschamps and mu­sic by Robert Reed and Seth Turner, the Town Green will be­come alive with soft rock, coun­try and eclectic mu­sic and song. The five free pic­nic per­for­mances are sched­uled to run at 8 p.m. nightly from May 31 – June 5, ex­clud­ing June 3, on the Town Green in front of the Fo­rum.

Sound, lights and live mu­sic of gui­tar, fid­dle, key­boards and per­cus­sion will un­der­score the mag­i­cal play, and a cast of 32 lo­cal ac­tors, singers and dancers, in­clud­ing the mis­chievous Puck and 20 med­dle­some fairies and gob­lins of the for­est (played by Rome’s school chil­dren) will wreak mis­chief and havoc on the hu­man world of pic­nick­ers and char­ac­ters.

Ad­mis­sion to the per­for­mances are free to the pub­lic. Fam­i­lies can bring a blan­ket and low beach chair to pic­nic un­der fairy lights on the Town Green lawn. Au­di­ences are also en­cour­aged to bring their sta­dium seats for the Fo­rum steps. Those who wish to rent seats at a pic­nic ta­ble are en­cour­aged to place their or­ders early. Ta­ble seat­ing is limited.

“Out­door Shake­speare is not like go­ing to the theatre; it is an event,” Deschamps said. “Our au­di­ence will be able to get up in the mid­dle of the show and buy a drink or snack at The Shake­speare Snack Bar and never miss a mo­ment of the play. You can her­ald on the hero and boo the vil­lain and you can brush el­bows with mem­bers of the cast wait­ing to make their en­trances.”

Pic­nics can be or­dered from lo­cal res­tau­rants; menus are avail­able on the Rome Shake­speare Festival web­site, and drinks and snacks can be pur­chased from the Shake­speare Snack and Con­ces­sions Bar at the RSF Booth. There will be a por­trait artist, face paint­ing and live jazz on the Green be­fore the show.

“Rome Shake­speare Festival is a fan­tas­tic event for the com­mu­nity of Rome,” says Lisa Smith, Di­rec­tor of the Greater Rome Con­ven­tion and Vis­i­tor’s Bureau. “With the de­vel­op­ment of West Third Street into a strolling part of down­town— art district, cafe’s, shops and the ris­ing Mar­riott Ho­tel—we ex­pect Rome Shake­speare Festival on the

Town Green to be­come an in­te­gral part of the larger vi­sion for the city.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, For more in­for­ma­tion, call 888 464-3130 or visit www.rome­shake­spearefes­ti­val.com.

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