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Posted on: June 6, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Shakespeare in the Park

A crowd watches a band perform on the stage.

Siloam Springs buzzes with excitement as the City of Siloam Springs collaborates with the Siloam Springs Center for the Arts to present a remarkable community event at the scenic Memorial Park Chautauqua Amphitheater this weekend on June 9 and at 7 p.m.

Residents and visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the enchantment of live theater with two spectacular performances of Shakespeare's renowned comedy, "Much Ado About Nothing.”

"Shakespeare is showcased in parks worldwide, and each experience is unique," said Jan Lauderdale, Director of Shakespeare in the Park. "In Siloam Springs, it has become a social gathering for many, while also providing an opportunity to appreciate our beautiful park and local talent in a distinctive manner."

Jan shared that the Shakespeare in the Park cast has rehearsed for the performances for over a month, four nights a week. The diverse cast comprises of both new and seasoned local actors who "are all crafting authentic characters that the audience can relate to. The play's action moves swiftly, accompanied by a great deal of humor."

"Even outside of rehearsals, the actors have dedicated significant time to practicing lines and developing intriguing characters," she continued. "We have also collaborated with local sound and lighting technicians, among others. The support from our community has been tremendous."

"Regardless of whether you think you enjoy Shakespeare, I encourage you to give it a try at least once," Jan added. "It is free, and you can bring a friend and a picnic, opening up the possibility of discovering something new that you may enjoy."

This exceptional outdoor production promises to captivate audiences of all ages, showcasing the thriving Siloam Springs community's rich cultural heritage and creative spirit.

Continue reading to delve deeper into Shakespeare in the Park and the partnership between the City of Siloam Springs and the Siloam Springs Center for the Arts.

An invitation inviting the community to Shakespeare in the Park.

A Classic Tale under the Stars
Set against the charming backdrop of Memorial Park Chautauqua Amphitheater, this rendition of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" is sure to transport viewers into a world of love, humor, and mistaken identities. The timeless story revolves around the escapades of two couples, Beatrice and Benedick, and Hero and Claudio, whose intertwining relationships spark laughter, wit, and heartfelt emotions.

Collaborative Efforts
The City of Siloam Springs and the Siloam Springs Center for the Arts have joined forces to create a memorable experience for theater enthusiasts and the local community. This partnership highlights the commitment to fostering a vibrant arts scene within Siloam Springs, promoting cultural appreciation and community engagement.

Engaging the Community
The Siloam Springs Center for the Arts believes in the power of art to bring people together, and this event exemplifies their commitment to community engagement. By showcasing "Much Ado About Nothing" in Memorial Park, the performance invites individuals from all walks of life to gather, share in the joy of live theater, and create lasting memories. It also provides an opportunity for local artists and performers to showcase their talents, fostering a sense of pride and accomplishment within the Siloam Springs arts community.

Family-Friendly Entertainment
"Much Ado About Nothing" is a perfect choice for a family outing, as it blends humor, romance, and intriguing characters in a manner that appeals to audiences of all ages. Parents can introduce their children to the beauty and wit of Shakespeare's works, while youngsters can delight in the engaging performances and colorful costumes. This event serves as an excellent opportunity for families to bond over shared cultural experiences and create lasting memories together.

Communications Manager Megan Whitworth will feature the cast and crew of "Much Ado About Nothing" on the next episode of Walk About Wednesday on Facebook Live tomorrow evening, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. 

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