Shakespeare fades out; Sand Harbor festival goes on
Appeal Staff Writer
Just because the Shakespeare ends Sunday doesn’t mean the festival at Sand Harbor is over for the summer. The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival continues with “Midsummer Night” – ballet, chautauqua, friends from Cirque du Solei and jazz.
On Aug. 22 and 23, the Sierra Nevada Ballet will present “A Celebration of Genius II,” while donating 30 percent of all ticket sales to help the victims of the Angora fire.
The performance features a variety of dance, including ballet, tap and contemporary, performed by international dance stars such as Domingo Rubio, Eugene Petrov and Sam Weber, the “fastest feet in tap.”
“People who come to our performances tell me that they are awestruck by the dancers, costumes, sets and music,” said Rosine Bena, the ballet’s artistic director. “As a local ballet company, we were equally awestruck by the impact of the Angora fire. Though we’re a nonprofit organization and rely heavily on ticket sales, we feel strongly about helping our community, and this is a wonderful opportunity for us to do so.”
“A Celebration of Genius II” includes “The Unicorn, The Gorgon and The Manticore,” a ballet with spectacular historic costumes and a humorous, timeless story. Audiences will also enjoy “Percussivlund,” a fast-paced, original choreographic piece performed to music that uses percussive instruments only.
On Aug. 24-25, “A Midsummer Nightmare,” something totally new for Tahoe, will be presented by Christopher Childer of Choozi Entertainment and friends from the Cirque du Soleil. This is a wild mix of dance, contortionists, aerialists, stilt-walkers, musicians and acting. Stars from Mystere, “O” and Alegria take part.
On Aug. 26 “The Renaissance Response Playwrights to Pirates” by the Lake Tahoe chautauqua pits Shakespeare against Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley in an attempt to answer the question: Is the pen mightier than the sword? Don’t expect a definitive answer.
On Aug. 27, Bobby Caldwell and the Reno Jazz Orchestra bring R&B, jazz and big band songs to life again.
On Aug. 28, lend a hand to victims of the Angora fire at the Angora Benefit Concert by Lake Tahoe-based pianist and musician Tim Callicrate and many of the area’s leading musicians.
If you go
What: “Midsummer Night” – ballet, chatauqua, friends from Cirque du Solei and jazz.
Aug. 22 and 23
Sierra Nevada Ballet will present “A Celebration of Genius II” – 30 percent of all sales will go toward helping Angora fire victims, or to the nonprofit organization of the ticket holder’s choice.
Aug. 24 and 25
“A Midsummer Nightmare”
“The Renaissance Response Playwrights to Pirates”
Bobby Caldwell and the Reno Jazz Orchestra
Angora Benefit Concert by Lake Tahoe-based pianist and musician Tim Callicrate with many of the area’s leading musicians
CURTAIN: The theater opens 5:30 p.m. and shows begin 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sand harbor State Park, Highway 28
TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $14 for a youth seat to $67 reserved
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