Shakespeare in the Park

Stone Soup Shakespeare returns to Twin Lakes Park in Paris, IL on June 1 with a free outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The performance begins at 6:00pm near the pavilion. Bring something to sit on and enjoy the show.

Stone Soup Shakespeare tours throughout the Midwest, bringing Shakespeare in the Park to communities for free from May to July. After a rehearsal residency in Carbondale, IL, the tour officially opened on May 3 in Ava, IL and travels throughout Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Wisconsin. Shakespeare’s classic tale of twins shipwrecked on the shores of Illyria, both imagining the other drowned, will be set in a world inspired by fame and the fantastical spectacle David Bowie’s music and persona created.

This season’s actors hail from Chicago, St. Louis and Carbondale. The actors work in residence in Carbondale, IL for the second half of April, taking the script from page to stage. The company purposefully keeps the ensemble for its touring shows small, creating a frenetic energy in production as the actors swap hats and characters in the role doubling that takes place. The ensemble of six will create a Bowie-inspired musical landscape and dance to the music of Shakespeare, while crafting a story that is easy to follow, using Shakespeare’s language, simple props, and the setting of the park.

In keeping with the spirit of the children’s story Stone Soup, from which the company takes its name, audience members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the free public performance, which will be collected and donated to the local food pantry. In addition to bringing food to donate, the audience is also encouraged to bring their own picnics to share with their friends and family while enjoying the evening of entertainment and community.

Stone Soup Shakespeare will kick off Paris Public Library’s summer children’s programs by offering 3rd – 8th graders the opportunity to “Act Like a Star,” that afternoon at 1:00pm, at the library, 207 S. Main St.

Shakespeare in the Park is presented by Paris Public Library, the Paris Park Board, and Friends of the Paris Library. If rain, the performance will be under the park pavilion. For more information, call 217-463-3950.

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