Shakespeare Under the Stars in Beautiful Paso Robles Wine Country

by Sasha Irving

Summer memories are made at the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival! This annual festival is the perfect way for all ages to experience classic Shakespeare plays and our warm Paso Robles nights!

The 2012 season featuring The Tempest runs from July 12 to July 28 at the beautiful River Oaks Amphitheatre. Considered by many to be Shakespeare’s final and finest play as well as his farewell to the art of theatre, The Tempest has magic, mayhem, comedy, romance and more!

The exiled magician Prospero, aided by her feisty sprite Ariel, casts spells, commands the elements, and conspires for vengeance. Meanwhile, drunken sailors, beautiful young lovers and strange creatures of the land lead everyone to an unexpected resolution – full of laughter and grace and forgiveness.

The performers include professional local actors as well as talented students working towards their degree in acting. The play will be co-directed by Festival Artistic Director Zoe Saba and longtime Festival guest-artist Cynthia Totten. Zoe is a Theatre Professor at Cal State Bakersfield, and founded CCSF in 1997. Cynthia is Theatre Professor at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL.

Tickets are $20 per person (with discounts for seniors, children, and prepaid groups) and may be purchased online or at the door. Performances are held on Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 pm and on Sundays at 6 pm. Since the venue is outdoors on the grass, attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs and a picnic dinner. Wine and beer are available for sale on site and help to ensure the Central Coast’s only Shakespeare Festival continues to thrive.

So, round up your family and friends and watch Shakespeare’s timeless work come to life under the stars! I promise, it’ll be a night you wont forget!

Sasha Irving is the Programs Director of Studios on the Park and the Coordinator of the annual Paso Robles Festival of the Arts. Proud to be a native Paso Roblan, she is also a member of Balet Folklorico Cachanilla and an usher at Old Mission San Miguel Arcangel.  For more information please visit www.studiosonthepark.org or call 805.238.9800. 

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