Friday, August 8, 2014

Shakespeare in the park

Summer means there are a ton of events in the park and most of them are free. Shakespeare in the park is one such event. This year the play chosen was 'The Taming of the Shrew.' It is held in various cities in the Bay Area and we attended the one in Cupertino Memorial Park. 

Armed with blankets and picnic baskets, people gathered in the park to see the Bard's comedy brought to life on stage. The almost 3 hours long show started at 7.30pm. The park was packed and everyone seemed to enjoy the show. The costumes, lighting, sound and stage were very professional. The cast gave a lovely performance and my favorite was Katharina, the Shrew. 

View of the stage and the spectators
There was a 15 minute interval during the show. Portable toilets for public use were installed which was a blessing. Tea, coffee and a few snacks were also sold during the break. A lot of families mostly with kids left during the interval. We stayed on until the end and thoroughly enjoyed it. The only annoying part was the disturbance by children and the fact that it got really chilly at night and we only had a light jacket. Apart from this, it was a wonderful evening. 

The Taming of the Shrew performance

What: Shakespeare in the park
Where: Multiple locations. Check website
When: Summer of each year
Fee: Free; donations accepted

Us at the park

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