This Saturday, fans of the theater can take a break from the yard work and get out to enjoy some free classic works of Shakespeare.
As part of their sixth tour, Stone Soup Shakespeare will be performing “The Comedy of Errors” by William Shakespeare at Mineral Springs Park, 1701 Court St., at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The play, which is set in a circus and tells the story of two pairs of long-lost twins that end up in the same city, is one of Shakespeare’s earlier works and is sure to keep the audience laughing.
“If it has comedy in the name there has to be a laugh practically every minute,” Stone Soup Shakespeare Artistic Director Julia Stamper said. “We want to give everyone the opportunity to explore all of these laughs with us.”
Stamper said that the show will be performed using all of the same words and verse as the original, but that they always try to view Shakespeare’s works as if they are brand new.
“We always want to be thinking about what a modern audience is going to take from the play,” she said. “We want to put (the play) on as if it were just written yesterday.”
The event will also feature various circus-themed activities, including juggling, face painting and fortune telling. These activities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will continue until the show begins.
While it is a free event, Stamper did encourage those who attend to consider bringing a canned food item for donation.
The play will take place on the lawn of the park near the Pavilion on the Lagoon. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair, as well as a picnic dinner to enjoy during the 90-minute show.
“It’s supposed to be a beautiful day and we just want to add a little bit of excitement to it,” Stamper said.