Bixby Park Bandshell to Host Free Children’s Theatre in August 2010

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lb-shakespeare-coThe Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare for Kids and Children’s Popcorn Theatre are pleased to announce that they will be returning to Bixby Park Bandshell this August to perform two FREE theater productions for children: “Twelfth Night” and “The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk,” respectively. Both productions will be sponsored by Z Pizza in Belmont Shore. All performances will be held at Bixby Park Bandshell, located at 2001 E. 1st Street in historic Long Beach between Cherry St. and Junipero St. in the Bluff Park District. For more information, please contact, Media Boutique at (562) 983-8139.

“Twelfth Night” will be performed at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21st and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 22nd. The Long Beach Shakespeare Company will continue its Shakespeare for Kids series with William Shakespeare’s classic, “Twelfth Night,” an exciting tale of shipwrecked maidens, mistaken identities, and romance—all of the elements that ignite a young child’s imagination (and the humor to keep them entertained). This kid-friendly production is adapted and directed by The Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s Director of Educational Development Cynthia Santos-DeCure. The production will feature adult and children actors.

Children’s Popcorn Theatre’s “The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk” will be performed at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28th. Written and directed by Los Angeles-based children’s playwright Heidi Dotson, “The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk” is a hilarious twist on the classic folk tale about a young boy who trades his family’s cow for a sack of magical beans—all from the perspective of the cow. Currently selling out performances in Los Angeles, “The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk” is a smash-hit with kids and adults.

All performances will be held at Bixby Park Bandshell, located at 2001 E. 1st Street in historic Long Beach between Cherry St. and Junipero St. in the Bluff Park District. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket and sack lunches to the performances.

“You are never too young to experience one of the greatest story tellers that ever lived: William Shakespeare,” said Denis McCourt, MFA co Artistic Director-Long Beach Shakespeare Company. “He has been entertaining audiences young and old for well over 400+ years. Long Beach Shakespeare Company is so excited to continue that tradition and has done so for the last 20 years. The Sea Festival and the Long Beach Shakespeare Company are a great team! Your children will want to engage more with Shakespeare’s works after they see, ‘Twelfth Night’.”

“’The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk’ is a unique take on this classic folk tale that also happens to be funny and highly entertaining,” said Playwright/Director Heidi Dotson.

All children must be joined by adults as Long Beach Sea Festival and The Long Beach Shakespeare Co. cannot take responsibility for unattended minors.

ABOUT LONG BEACH SHAKESPEARE CO.
The Long Beach Shakespeare Co. is an incorporated, not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that is sponsored by the generous contributions and grants from Long Beach Community Foundation and The Richard Goad Foundation. Additional funding comes from donations from local businesses and patrons. For general information call (562) 997-1494 or visit the official Long Beach Shakespeare Company website.

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