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Good Fun and Good Seats at Utah's Shakespeare Festival

Magazine article Sunset

Good Fun and Good Seats at Utah's Shakespeare Festival

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Utah's premier theatrical event, the 30-year-old Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, is so popular that its opening weeks are sold out up to six months ahead. But what few people realize is that good seats are available at the door during the last three weeks of its run.

Why? A big reason is that the final weeks of the festival's July 1 through September 7 run are too late for most Utah families, who traditionally take early summer vacations to get their children back home in time for a school year that begins in late August.

Throughout its run, the festival offers more for children than you'll find at most theater events, making it popular with families. You can take advantage of child-oriented tours and entertainment, and even child care.

A new backstage tour of the Randall Theater takes youngsters into prop and costume rooms. Here, they might heft Hamlet's sword or doff Falstaff's hat; the 1-hour tour is given at 11 Tuesdays through Saturdays ($5).

Free preperformance entertainment on the greensward next to the outdoor theater has more for children now, with puppet shows, acrobats, jugglers, storytellers, and Elizabethan-style magicians; it all begins at 7. …

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