By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Shakespearefest opens Winters Tale
winters tale
Merced Shakespearefest is opening The Winters Tale, with Colton Dennis as King Leontes, Dawn Trook as Queen Hermione, and David Hambley as King Polixenes. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Merced Shakespearefest is bringing some romance to the stage with their production of William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale.”

“The Winter’s Tale” is one of Shakespeare’s late romances and tells a story that spans 16 years. It details the demise of a friendship between two kings, and the love between a prince and a lowly shepherdess, who in fact is a princess.

“Shakespeare’s masterful late play will bring to life unforgettable characters, dramatic plot turns, poetic language, and the magic of forgiveness,” said Heike Hambley, the artistic director for Merced Shakespearefest.

The show is directed by Katherine Brokaw, who opted to set the play in the 1950s and 60s and included live music and dancing from that time period in the show.

The show features a cast of 25 community theater actors.

Shows are set for 7:30 p.m. tonight, Saturday, Feb. 27 and 28 and 2 p.m. Sunday and March 1. All shows will be at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center at 645 W. Main Street in Merced.

Tickets are $12 general admission, and $8 students; they can be purchased at the door, at the Arts Center during business hours or be reserved by calling 723-3265.