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Shakespearean plays set for Newell, Como parks

Posted on 13 May 2015 by Calvin

william-shakespeareThis June, Classical Actors Ensemble (CAE) will present Shakespeare’s comedy “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” for free in five Twin Cities’ parks, Newell Park and Como Park being two of them.

Usually an indoor company, this production will be CAE’s sophomore foray into outdoor Shakespeare.

Dating from early in Shakespeare’s career, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” centers on small town best friends Proteus and Valentine who find themselves in the cosmopolitan world of Milan, where they both fall for the Duke’s chic daughter. When Proteus’ hometown sweetheart, Julia, soon follows him to the big city, loyalties in love and friendship are put to the test. The comedy in this coming of age story is heightened by a band of bumbling highwaymen, some sassy, quick-witted servants, and a disobedient dog.

In keeping with CAE’s aesthetic style, this production will include live, contemporary music, performed by the actors. New to CAE will be a greater focus on choreographed movement and dance from director Hannah Steblay and choreographer Jessica Smith.

The Newell Park performance will be Fri., June 19 at 7pm and at Como Park on Fri., June 26 at 7pm. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

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