Jul 17

Shakespeare in the Park – Preview

by Wil Knoll · 0 comments

It’s that classic date she’s been waiting for, and it won’t even run you that much.

Here’s the plan. Sun, Shakespeare, you, your squeeze and a picnic basket. You don’t even have to source the picnic basket yourself.

Shakespeare in the Park is almost halfway through their 22nd season, with shows taking place nightly at 7pm Monday through Saturday. This year the company has picked two of Shake’s best known and loved works, Romeo and Juliet beside A Midsummer’s Night Dream. If your date nights traditionally turn into movies plus popcorn, drinks at the pub or the club, or if you just need some downtime after Stampede, SiTP could be a welcome departure from the norm.

The shows are set up festival style, with a pay-what-you-can donation requested. You can reserve a good spot in the grass down at the front for a fee, and SiTP will include a low profile thermo-rest chair. Really, as long as you have a blanket to put down and maybe a mat or a blanket, you can lounge out and enjoy the show anywhere on the grass. Camping chairs are welcome but kept towards the back to preserve the view of patrons further down.

At the top of the hill there is a small snack shack, offering hot dogs, drinks, and pop corn.   But if you wanted to class the meal up to match the words The River Café provides a Basket service. You order online, and the basket is available at the booth at the top of the hill the day you take in the show. The basket runs around thirty dollars, but The River Café’s wares are not pedestrian. It contains veggies and hummus, a fruit selection, two sandwiches in either Chicken and Bacon or Vegetarian mushroom, and a desert.

For the cost of the donation, you can do something different for a date night without much preparation. Order a basket or put together your own. Walk through Eau Claire and pick up some copious amounts of penny candy or an ice-cream to complement the show.  Tak e in some of the Bard’s work for song and enjoy the outdoors, the sun, and the company. Bug spray recommended.

For show times, basket or seat reservations, and other info visit www.myshakespeare.ca.

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