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Ophelia’s Jump Productions presents their Annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival with HAMLET and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.
The productions will run July 13-23, 2017 at Sontag Greek Theatre at Pomona College. The festival, co-sponsored by Pomona College, includes exhibits, arts and crafts by community businesses and organizations.
This year’s Midsummer Shakespeare Festival celebrates what many regard as Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Blending elements of drama and comedy, this tale teaches that “love will have its way no matter how much we try to fight it.” In HAMLET, the epic tale of revenge gone awry will be set in the influential period following the First World War, under the stars at the beautiful Sontag Greek Theatre, an outdoor amphitheater originally built in 1910 and renovated in 1997. The productions will be performed in repertory, alternating each night.
Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, Hamlet dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet is called to wreak upon his uncle, Claudius, by the ghost of Hamlet's father, King Hamlet. Claudius had murdered his own brother and seized the throne, also marrying his deceased brother's widow. Hamlet is ranked among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature, with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others”.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Get ready for the verbal sparring match of the ages! Benedick and Beatrice have sworn off love... and each other. But when their friends and family attempt to con them into a romance, will these acid-tongued cynics take the bait? Mistaken identities, love, hilarity, honor, shame, and partying till the sun comes up are all ingredients for a great time in this rollicking production!
Now a Claremont tradition, Ophelia’s Jump’s Midsummer Shakespeare Festival artfully presents tragedy and comedy under the stars in a beautiful outdoor setting. Each performance opens nightly with a 30-minute Green Show - an entertaining prelude to the evening’s main performance. We invite you to bring your own picnic and don’t forget a small blanket or cushion for added comfort.
On Saturdays, arrive early and enjoy local musicians, artists, and crafts before settling in for an evening of timeless Shakespearean classics. Enjoy festival booths, crafts, and vendors starting at 5:30 p.m. Local restaurants and businesses will be offering special in-restaurant dining menus and selected take-out options to enjoy prior to all performances.
Presenter / Producer: Ophelia's Jump
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Event Phone: 909-734-6565
Sontag Greek Theatre, Pomona College
300 East Bonita Ave., Claremont ?(located behind Seaver Theatre)
Claremont CA 91711
Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley
Performance Dates: 7/13/2017 - 7/23/2017
Specific Show Schedule:
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - July 13, 15, 21, 23
HAMLET - July 14, 16, 20, 22
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays at 8 p.m.
Ticket prices: $25 General Admission, $22 Student/Seniors
Group tickets available, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call ?909-734-6565 for info
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