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!

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:

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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!

Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival – Great Productions Again this Year!

July 25, 2009

Los Gatos Shakespeare FestivalTonight my husband, our daughter and I enjoyed a wonderful performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor, one of three shows now running at Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos, courtesy of the 8th annual Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival. As with other shows we’ve attended in past years, this one was playing to a full house.

The other offerings this year are A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Jungle Book. I haven’t seen them, but it is the same, strong cast (the Festival Theater Ensemble).

What is a little amazing to me is to realize that several of the ensemble members act in all three shows, which are running concurrantly. So for instance, Friday they performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, tonight was The Merry Wives of Windsor, and tomorrow night will be The Jungle Book. Although my own experience performing onstage is very limited, it seems to me that doing three shows at once is a lot like trying to study Italian, Spanish and French in the same semester: it is probably very challenging to do it gracefully, not stumble or get confused.

Photo that doesn't do The Merry Wives of Windsor justice - Los Gatos, CA 7-25-09But to watch them tonight, you’d never know that there was any other show to perform this week. All of the acting was good, with particularly stellar jobs done by Todd Wright (playing Falstaff) and Rachael Bakker (as Mistress Margaret Page). The lighting, sound, costumes, sets and everything that backs up good acting was right on target too.

Congratulations to the cast, crew, directors, producers and gazillion volunteers on another very successful run! Thanks to all of you who make this festival the newer tradition that we appreciate so much.

Some practical stuff for attending the shows:

Shows are at 8pm and last 2 hrs, 40 minutes with intermission. They do take credit cards and checks. If you want to attend all three shows, buy them as a bundle and save some money (see website for details).

Other stuff: Nice looking fleece sweaters and tshirts, as well as caps and other goodies, can be purchased and coffee, tea and cookies are available during the intermission for whatever donation you’d care to make.

Parking at the Oak Meadow lot can be iffy when the summer evenings are pleasant, as they were tonight (apparently it was foggy and cold last night!). Street parking is always a choice but it may take a little time. So to get the best seats (as you can probably tell from the photo, we were in the top row) and better parking, arrive 20 or 30 minutes early (not the 7 or 8 we did.)

And – I cannot stress this enough – dress in layers! The temperature drops considerably once the sun goes down. Bring your jacket, bring a blanket. You’ll be glad you did.