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Shakespeare Fest this weekend

March 23, 2013 · Updated 6:02 PM

The work of the Bard will be performed on the streets of Eastsound and the Seattle Shakespeare Company is presenting “Julius Caesar” during the second annual Shakespeare Festival sponsored by the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, March 21

Sazio di Notte is hosting a fundraising dinner with the Seattle Shakespeare Company actors from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $125 per person and includes wine. Contact the chamber at 376-2273, Sazio at 376-6394 or the Office Cupboard at 376-2378 for reservations.

Friday, March 22

Casey Brown of the Seattle Shakespeare Company will teach a one-hour adult actors combat class at 4 p.m. in the Victorian Room at The Outlook Inn. The cost is $30 per person. All proceeds will go towards the festival.

Earlier in the day, Orcas High School students will be treated to a performance of “Julius Caesar” and a combat class.

Saturday, March 23

The festival will kick off at 11 a.m. with a parade through Eastsound. Community members are encouraged to participate; sign up at the chamber office. Shakespeare (played by Paul Freedman) will be bopping around town in a horse-drawn cart with his entourage until 4 p.m. First he will go the Village Green stage, where he will be presented with a key to city, made by Deborah Sparks, while the Orcas School band performs. Enjoy a beer garden in the Village Green from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with selections from Island Hoppin’ Brewery.

Town criers, fairies, actors and jugglers will be mingling in town as well. Businesses are encouraged to participate with decorations and special promotions.

In addition, there will be performances on the stage throughout the afternoon, including silks dancing and vignettes from plays. Alden is also renaming all of the streets in Eastsound after Shakespeare plays.

The festival will culminate with the Seattle Shakespeare Company’s performance of “Julius Caesar” at Orcas Center, 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. A wine reception will be held at 7 p.m. in the lobby.

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