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Watch a classic at Utah Shakespeare Festival

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Shane Kenyon (left) as Romeo, Betsy Mugavero as Juliet, and Leslie Brott as Nurse in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 production of Romeo and Juliet

Photo: Karl Hugh, Utah Shakespeare Festival 2017 Shane Kenyon (left) as Romeo, Betsy Mugavero as Juliet, and Leslie Brott as Nurse in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 production of Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare lovers will want to be a part of the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City. Located on the campus of Southern Utah University, the festival presents Shakespeare and plays from other playwrights every June through October in three theaters at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts.

Catch a play at the festival in one of the indoor or outdoor theaters. Performances take place in the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, an outdoor replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre; the Randall L. Jones Theatre; and the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre.

“The festival is surrounded by natural wonders and national parks and monuments,” said Ashley Starr, group services coordinator for Utah Shakespeare Festival. “Many groups enjoy spending a week in the area, exploring during the day and taking in a play in the evenings.”

The 2018 season includes performances of Henry VI Part One, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, Big River, The Foreigner, The Liar and Pearl’s in the House

“In addition to the plays, we offer free play seminars and orientations, as well as prop, costume and actor discussions, and the nightly summer Greenshow,” Starr said. “You can purchase tickets for our Backstage Tour and Repertory Magic. Each offers a unique look at what happens behind the curtain. With all the programming built in, it is easy to fill your itinerary with these available offerings. We also can book private luncheons, actor receptions and events custom to the needs of your group.”

The 2019 season of performances will be announced in early summer 2018. Discounts are available for groups of 12 people or more. There are two motorcoach loading and unloading zones available, with parking nearby.

For more information, call 435-586-7878, email groups@bard.org or visit bard.org.

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Steph Lulofs’ career path curved through the daily newspaper world and made a stop in marketing before walking in the front door as Associate Editor at Group Tour Media. Her passion for research and writing is a good fit for her foray into blogging and driving editorial content for the northeast in Group Tour Northeast/Midwest magazine. When not on the road or at her desktop, Steph kicks back with her dogs, at the movies or between the pages of a good book. Meaning? She reads the book and then sees the movie.

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