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Twelfth Night in Forest Park Sure to Enchant

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In order to take full advantage of these pleasant summer evenings in Forest Park you'll want to grab your slice of lawn early. Space in Shakespeare Glen across the street from The Saint Louis Art Museum goes fast on summer nights, and they are sure to disappear even faster after last year's record attendance of 66,000 people at Shakespeare Festival's Othello. This year's Twelfth Night is just as alluring a show. Since 2001, Shakespeare Festival has been providing Saint Louis with top notch actors in quality performances for free. This is definitely one experience you should make a summer tradition.

At 5pm patrons begin to leisurely stroll into the park with their picnic baskets, blankets, lawn chairs, wine bottles, pets, and bundles of eager excitement even though curtain doesn't figuratively rise until 8pm. The energy is contagious on the grounds as pre-play entertainment commences. Enjoy tantalizing Elizabethan appetizers such as an available backstage tour, a reduced version of the play performed by the Shakespeare Squadron, full bar and concessions, or the Strolling Performers before you experience the main entrée.

Don't let the fact that the production is a work of Shakespeare overwhelm or intimidate you. Twelfth Night is an accessible work and leaves the audience rolling with laughter on the lawn. Forest Park creates a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy this classic tale of mistaken identity. Characters are loveable and the story is full of quick wit and wonderful music.


Make sure you pay close attention, however. Shakespeare's command of language is alive and well in the dialogue of the character of the Fool. Both he and drunken cousin Tobi provide endless amusement for listeners. If they don't get to you, the slapstick antics of Sir Andrew and the plight of poor Malvolio will certainly have your ribs cracking.

Truthfully, with a gentle breeze, the solitary light of the moon, and sounds of the birds in the trees, this culturally infused evening under the stars will have you smiling from cheek to cheek. Just be sure to take part before they strike the set on June 16th!




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