A resource for folks living in or moving to Los Gatos, by Mary Pope-Handy

Shakespeare

The Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival Returns!

Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival

It’s back! Every summer, the Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival returns to Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos for a wonderful but very quick season with three shows in four weeks, two by William Shakespeare and one by a more contemporary playwright.

All shows begin at 8pm so layer up and bring a blanket as the nights cool down significantly.

For the 2015 season, through weekends of July 17th to August 8th, these plays will be performed:

The Tempest

Pericles

The Adventures of Cyrano!

There will also be an Opera Night with the Lyric Theatre and a Fight Night fundraiser evening performance, information listed under the special events page.

Get all the details at http://www.fteshakes.org/los-gatos/

Additionally, prior to their Los Gatos opening, there are shows at the Full Circle Farm in Sunnyvale, which are more affordable and sometimes slightly earlier.  This series, runs the same shows from May 30 to June 27th with curtain times at 7:30pm or 8pm. There will be a special show, Fight for the Farm with stage combat demonstrations to benefit the Full Circle Farm. Learn more at http://www.fteshakes.org/sunnyvale/

To get all of the specifics and to order your tickets (shows often sell out – especially on closing weekend in Los Gatos), please visit the Festival Theatre Ensemble online right away:

http://www.fteshakes.org/

See you at the theatre!

Vasona and Oak Meadow Parks

Kids sailing at VasonaSomething is always happening at the big and beautiful, 150 acre Vasona Lake County Parkand adjacent 12 acre Oak Meadow Park (belonging to the Town). These sister parks are connected and share the Los Gatos Creek, meandering trails, the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad at Oak Meadow. The parks enjoy beautiful scenery, both within the many acres and also looking up at the coastal range that separates this valley from the Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

It’s a wonderful place for a family or company picnic and is often the site for beginning races, walk-a-thons, and other charitable causes, and it’s also the location for many cultural festivals throughtout the year. Most recently, there was an enormous, two day Iranian/Persian New Year’s Festival called Norouz that drew several thousand people from all over Silicon Valley. The San Jose Mercury News covered it and had a great little video on their website on this event, take a look! As you can see, Vasona and Oak Meadow aren’t just a couple of nice parks, they’re places for the community to gather, enjoy themselves and nature and to do it in a gorgeous spot.

Here are some of the regularly scheduled, annual events at Oak Meadow and Vasona that invite us to enjoy some recreation time there:

 

June & July: Vasona Vibrations (free concerts Saturdays 5-7pm)
July & August: Shakespeare in the Park
August: In the Park After Dark Movie Week
Saturday evening on Labor Day Weekend: Los Gatos Park Dance (begun in 2013)
September: Screen on the Green
October: Halloween Train Rides (Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad)
December: Fantasy of Lights

And because these are parks, there are great learning opportunities and classes available there too. The Parks and Recreation Department offers sailing lessons – as you can see from the pic, my kids enjoyed these a few years ago (and may teach there this summer too). Paddleboats can be rented in summer as well. A hands-on approach to introducing kids to nature is provided by the extremely popular , which recently enjoyed an expansion at Vasona.

Historically, these parks are interesting too and there are some things you might not know about them. Continue reading

The Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival

Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival 2014 Presentations

2014 Los Gatos Shakespeare FestivalThe Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival again comes to town at Oak Meadow Park with three plays, two from The Bard and one more contemporary play, care of the Festival Theatre Ensemble. In 2014, viewers will be treated to productions of Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing, and the Pirates of Port Royal (written by by George Farquhar and adapted by Bruce W. De Les Demier, whose name is synonymous with the Festival Theatre Ensemble).

The three week season begins on Friday, July 18th and ends Saturday August 9th. All of the shows in Los Gatos begin at 8pm. For those unfamiliar with the venue, it is out of doors and as the evening progresses it gets chillier – so dress in layers! (You will not be sitting on a lawn, though: there are seats!)

Additionally, the Festival Theatre Ensemble hosts an evening of stage combat as a fundraiser to support the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad. “Fight for the Train” takes place on July 31st. This is really fun for little kids especially. (My daughter was a theatre major in college and it sounded like “stage combat” was her most enjoyable course.)

For kids interested in the stage, there is a camp, too, Camp Shakespeare! Read the details here: Continue reading

The Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival: there's still time to see some shows!

August 06, 2012

Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival at Oak Meadow ParkOne of the best elements of summer in Los Gatos is the Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival, which is now underway with its 11th season at Oak Meadow Park. The season is winding to a close soon but it’s not too late! A few shows still remain to be enjoyed under the stars.

Featured this year are The Two Gentlemen of Verona (next show Friday Aug 10th 2012), Romeo and Juliet (next show August 11th 2012)and the more contemporary Alice in Wonderland (next show August 9th 2012) .

The season runs through August 11. All shows begin at 8pm and are under the stars (so dress in layers as our evenings can get chilly). Tickets are affordably priced at $22 each but there are discounts for seniors (60 and over are $15) and youths (17 and younger – also $15), as well as for groups. They can be purchased online or over the phone using a major credit card, or by mail with a check.

View the complete schedule and pay online or see other ways to purchase tickets:

http://www.festivaltheatreensemble.org/tickets/

Finally, the Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival can be found on Facebook now, too, and it’s easy to donate there if you’d like to help support the arts in town!

This is one of my favorite things to enjoy in Los Gatos and I can’t wait for it to start. Hope to see you there!

Mary Pope-Handy

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