If music be the food of love, play on! Join The City of Fairfax Theatre Company for outdoor dinner theater at Veterans Amphitheater and enjoy a whirlwind of Shakespeare performances. Three groups of student actors will be performing some of Shakespeare’s greatest works: Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Each group will perform two 15-minute versions of different plays while playing several characters each. Each production will be bookended with monologues, sonnets, or scenes performed by adults. There will be music, food, laughs, tears, magic, love, and more for all ages as William Shakespeare’s works come to life in CFTC’s second “Shakespeare in the City of Fairfax” at Veterans Amphitheater, July 30 to August 8, 2021.
“The brief adaptations allow our student actors a chance to collaborate and devise ways to tell the stories beyond the text, getting to the heart of each play and its themes that are still relevant today,” says Amanda Snellings, CFTC’s artistic director. “I am so impressed with the way our student actors have tackled the language and multiple characterizations. Whether they’ve never seen a Shakespeare play, or they’re big Bard fans, the whole family will enjoy these performances.”
CFTC encourages guests to bring a picnic and non-alcoholic beverages, or visit one of the City of Fairfax’s many wonderful restaurants to carry out dinner on your way to the performance.
A Brief Shakespeare Festival will be performed at the Veteran’s Amphitheater at City Hall in Fairfax, VA, July 30 to August 8, 2021, at 6:00 pm. The seating area is available starting at 5:00 pm. Purchase tickets ($25 for adults and $15 for kids ages 3–12) online. Subject to availability, tickets will also be sold on site. The run time of A Brief Shakespeare Festival is approximately two hours with one intermission. If a performance is cancelled due to inclement weather, affected patrons will be able to exchange their tickets for any other date of their choice, pending availability, or attend a rain date performance. Rain calls will be made by 5:00 pm, with notification going out to all attendees by 5:30 pm.
Following the CDC and state of Virginia guidelines for large outdoor gatherings, participants and audience members who are not fully vaccinated will be required to wear masks, and anyone who has come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, is feeling sick, or has exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours should not attend. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available. Audience members must take their own trash with them. CFTC suggests audience members bring their own sunscreen, bug spray, and water.
More information about The City of Fairfax Theatre Company (CFTC) can be found by visiting its website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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