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2014 March 4

Summer theater: Santa Cruz Shakespeare and WEST

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Santa Cruz Shakespeare has announced their summer season on their new website http://santacruzshakespeare.org/ They will have the Festival Glen at UCSC, and they’ll be doing two comedies: Merry Wives of Windsor and As You Like It.  My family had predicted Merry Wives of Windsor and Hamlet, but I guess the artistic director or the board decided that comedies sold better than tragedies, and they need to make enough money to do another season next year.

We’ll be getting season tickets as soon as we figure out our summer schedule.  The main constraint on our summers has traditionally been WEST summer theater programs, and WEST has recently released their summer schedule. My son is aging out of most of their offerings—he’ll probably want to do the teen conservatory, which is July 28–Aug 16, and he might want to do the teen production of Beetlejuice, June 23–July 11, if he is still eligible after his senior year of high school. I think that this is the first year that they’re doing 3-week, instead of 2-week, productions. The Beetlejuice ones are just half days, 5 days a week, but the teen conservatory is 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 6 days a week. The one thing that might interfere with my son’s summer theater plans is college orientation—we have no idea when that will be, because he has not yet gotten any admissions offers. (Despite T.S. Eliot, for high-school students March is the cruellest month, not April, as admissions offers trickle out during March.)

I suspect that the last week of the WEST teen conservatory will include instructors from Santa Cruz Shakespeare, as their season ends August 10.

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