Riverbank Bard

By Kellye Crocker

Mayhaps you seek thrills and romance? Huzzah, and make haste to the Simon Estes Amphitheater for the free “Shakesperience Festival of the Classic Arts” June 11-13 at Ye Olde Des Moines’ riverfront. “Tempestuous,” produced by the nonprofit Iowa Shakespeare Experience (ISE), is an original, full-length production with live music, dancing and special effects, based on “The Tempest.”

The show begins “after sunset fadeth” (about 8 p.m.), but—lo!—the gates open at 6 p.m. with music, an art market and gourmet food vendors. Have your kitchen-trull prepare a portable supper, including your favorite ale or mead (don’t forget lawn chairs or blankets). For a few gold coins, lords and ladies can reserve café tables and tents through MidwestTix here. At intermission, coloratura soprano Marie Schmidt performs lyrical opera, part of ISE’s efforts to spotlight classical arts beyond theater. For more information and to learn about ISE’s year-round programming, click here.

Hark! In other Shakespeare alfresco news, a reminder about a production we told you about in our April 29 issue: Repertory Theater of Iowa presents “Shakespeare on the Lawn: The Merchant of Venice” June 12-15 at 7:30 p.m. outside Salisbury House. Lawn chairs will be provided, and you are welcome to bring a picnic. You also can preorder food from Catering DSM and pick up your order when you arrive at the show. Admission is $25 for adults; $15 for studentsand children ages 9-18; and free for children under 8. Order tickets here or by calling 274-1777.

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