Sand Harbor, on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, will once again come alive this summer with the words of William Shakespeare during the 38th Annual Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. The Festival will take place July 9-August 22, 2010. This season is a real treat for fans of the Bard: ALL of Shakespeare’s plays can be experienced in one night. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) will be presented under the direction of Charles Fee, the Festival’s artistic director. Hilarity may ensue…
If you do decide to visit Tahoe to see one of these popular shows, I suggest you make a full day of it. Get to Sand Harbor early (parking can be limited), hang out on the beach (bring an umbrella and a picnic lunch), swim and sun during the day and then stay into the evening for the show. Be sure to bring a sweater and maybe some long pants for when the sun goes down. Performances begin at 7:30pm every night of the week. Shows end roughly 2-1/2 hours later at around 10:00pm and include a 15 minute intermission. It can be very dark after the performance, so bring a flashlight when walking back to your vehicle in the parking lot.
The Shakespeare Festival is not only an event for connoisseurs of the arts or visitors to the lake, but a community gathering as well. Locals purchase their tickets in advance and show up with coolers of shrimp cocktails, cheese and crackers and bottles of wine. If you are planning on bringing your own picnic dinner, the Festival encourages visitors to limit their glass or breakable items and to keep food in a cooler or tote that can be placed between your feet while seated. A lot of items such as this will be brought into the park, so respect the space of your neighbor.
If you don’t want to pack your dinner, Shakespeare’s Kitchen will happily provide it for you. The Kitchen features a great selection of entrees, appetizers and snacks for every price range including BBQ, hot & cold deli, meal-sized salads, home-made soups, fresh fish and southwestern-style favorites. They also offer a full bar providing fine wines, beer, cocktails and soft drinks.
The Festival now has reserved and specialized seating for attendees:
- Premium seating includes the best views of the stage. These seats are located in the first two rows.
- Reserved tickets include a pre-set Adirondack chair in the first seven rows of othe theatre directly in front of the stage. This seating section is also staffed with wait service to offer you a truly first-class experience at our theatre. Food and beverages from Shakespeare’s Kitchen are delivered directly to patrons up to a 1/2 hour before the start of the performance and then again during intermission. Dinner, drinks and gratuity are not included in ticket price.
- Lower Gallery is an open seating section in the middle of the theatre behind the Reserved Seating section and in front of Upper Gallery seating. This section includes a preset beach chair. Price includes first-come-first served, General Admission preset beach chair.
- Upper Galley is the second open seating tier located behind the Lower Gallery section; the uppermost section of the amphitheatre. You may rent a chair for $3 or bring your own low-back sand chairs and/or blankets to sit on in this section.
- Lower Gallery Reserved Tickets include a preset, beach chair set up directly behind Reserved Seating – House Right. Seats are assigned in this section.
- Shuttle Only Tickets include a shuttle ride to the Festival from Reno or Incline – Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturdays only. These tickets do not include a ticket to the festival and can be added in a customer’s cart or can be reserved by calling 1.800.74SHOWS.
Sand Harbor in summer is probably one of the most beautiful venues to view these classic works. The pine trees, warm sand, mountains and blue water create a perfect scene for such words as said by young Mr. Montague:
“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date”.
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