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Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT Headlines the 2011 Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Season at Sand Harbor State Park

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Lee Koch
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

Extraordinary entertainment, fantastic food, family and friends will converge under the stars on the scenic shore of Lake Tahoe this summer as the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival (LTSF) presents its 39th season – the premiere summer event in the Reno/Tahoe region. Featuring live entertainment seven nights a week from July 15 – August 21, 2011, the season is anchored by the Festival’s production of William Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece, Twelfth Night; performed Tuesdays through Sundays each week at 7:30 p.m. LTSF’s Producing Artistic Director, Charles Fee directs the production.

“We promised our faithful audience a return to ‘real’ Shakespeare last year – and we’re delivering on that promise”, says Fee of this season’s production. “I am thrilled to be directing this wildly funny, deeply moving play. Expect a lavish production with gorgeous costumes, stunning sets and beautiful music – performed with wit and clarity by one of the best professional acting companies in the West!”

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is sure to enchant the entire family. After a shipwreck on an unfriendly shore and the loss of her twin brother Sebastian, young Viola must pose as a man to survive. Shakespeare’s sophisticated comedy of gender-bending mistaken identity is full of passionate longing and bittersweet romance. Twelfth Night is an irresistible and poignant comedy that is one of the Bard’s most luminous plays.

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival experience features extraordinary, live, summer entertainment at a stunning lakeside location that is complimented by al fresco dining at its on-site restaurant – Shakespeare’s Kitchen.
In addition to its main stage production of Twelfth Night, the 2011 LTSF season features:

A Monday Night Showcase series: The Festival’s five-event performance series features a diverse array of live entertainment and musical acts that range in style from Broadway to “genre-bending Americana” to “jam” band. Ticket prices vary. For a complete schedule, consult the attached season schedule or visit

Expanded Shakespeare’s Vineyard wine tasting programming: Before each performance, patrons are invited to sample a three-tasting flight of Robert Mondavi Winery varietal wines for the price of $30. Select Wednesday performances feature Will’s Wild Wednesdays enabling patrons to enjoy tastings of reserve wines from California and Italian vineyards for $35 per person. Participants at all tastings will take home a complimentary, souvenir LTSF wine glass.

For complete info, visit

Extended pre-show dining hours at Shakespeare’s Kitchen: The main gate to the LTSF’s onsite dining area will open 5:00 p.m. to afford patrons more time to enjoy their pre-show meal.
Handling fee-free ticketing: Ticket handling fees have been eliminated for all 2011 performances. The new, patron-friendly policy applies to all purchases (online, phone, etc.).
Assigned Lower Gallery seating: Assigned Lower Gallery seating enables patrons to avoid protracted early arrivals to stand in long lines to claim formerly open seating. In 2011, assigned beach chairs will be waiting for all patrons that purchase tickets in the Lower Gallery section.
Complimentary Upper Gallery beach chairs: Beach chairs will be available to all patrons in the Upper Gallery seating section. Open beach for blanket seating in the sand is also available.

Order online:
Order by phone: 1.800.74.SHOWS

About the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival:
The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established for the cultural benefit and enjoyment of all residents and visitors to Lake Tahoe and Reno. Annually drawing more than 30,000 attendees from across the country to the specially built Warren Edward Trepp Stage along the north shore of Lake Tahoe, the Festival is an advocate for producing the finest cultural events in the region. The Festival’s community outreach includes an annual educational program, InterACT, designed to educate future generations about the importance of the arts, theater and music and the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program, a free series of performances produced specifically for younger audiences that is presented free of charge during the summer throughout Lake Tahoe and Northern Nevada.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Sand Harbor State Park
Tickets: / 1.800.74.SHOWS


By: William Shakespeare
Director: Charles Fee
Dates: July 15 – August 21, 2011 (Tuesdays – Sundays @ 7:30 p.m.)
Ticket Prices: Adults $25-$85 / Youth (under 15) $15-$20

Design Team:
Rick Martin (Lighting Designer)
Star Moxley (Costume Designer)
Helene Peterson (Choreographer)
Peter John Still (Sound Designer
Gage Williams (Scenic Designer)


Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 7:30 p.m.
Reno Philharmonic – Broadway on the Beach
Tickets: $23-$79
Grab your beach chair, stick your toes in the sand and enjoy the magical music of the Phil, conducted by Linda Jackson, with Broadway stars Doug LaBrecque and Stephanie Block singing all the songs you love. One of the most prolific concert performers of his generation, Mr. LaBrecque has been a soloist with some of the world’s finest symphony orchestras including The National Symphony, The Israel Philharmonic (Tel Aviv), as well as Chicago, Cleveland, Atlanta, and San Francisco. Mr. LaBrecque performed with the Phil in 2008, with Broadway star Debbie Gravitte at Pops on the River to smashing reviews. Ms. Block’s most recent Broadway smash was 9-to-5 working alongside Dolly Parton and Allison Janney. Before that, she was starring as “Elphaba” in the Broadway Company of Wicked.

Monday, July 25, 2011 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sierra Nevada Ballet Presents – Best of Broadway
Tickets: $22-$70
This spectacular musical theater medley, designed especially for the Shakespeare Festival, is filled with live music, song and spectacular dancing. Musical numbers from some of the all time favorite musicals such as Show Boat, Sweet Charity, Hello Dolly and more will offer “a vivid performance under the stars for all ages and musical interests”, according to Artistic Director, Rosine Bena. A highlight of the night will include a “Dance with the Stars, Under the Stars” performance from some of the area’s more admired residents paired with the Ballet’s professional artists.

Monday, August 1, 2011 @ 7:30 p.m.
Mumbo Gumbo
Tickets: $20-$35
For over 20 years Mumbo Gumbo has been one of Northern California’s top groups, releasing 9 original CDs and collecting numerous “Sammie” and “Best of Sacramento awards. The 7-piece band tours the Western United States, bringing their “genre-bending Americana” music to their many fans. Their big musical stew contains elements of soul, zydeco, folk, blues, rock, cajun, Caribbean, and country all mixed into their uniquely festive roots-music sound.
Monday, August 8, 2011 @ 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $22-$62
Doug Watson brings twenty years of historical characterization experience to his presentation of American humorist Will Rogers, an Indian-cowboy, one of the nation’s most beloved faces and voices of the 1920s and 30s. Known as the Bandit Queen or The Petticoat Terror of the Plains, Belle Starr has taken her place in history among the outlaws and desperados of what was then known as Indian Territory and what is now Oklahoma. Acclaimed storyteller and living history performer, Karen Vuranch brings this remarkable woman to life.

Monday, August 15, 2011 @ 7:30 p.m.
Jelly Bread
Tickets: $20-$35
Jelly Bread is the combination of a pumping rhythm section that grew up together playing in a gospel band, an award-winning singer/songwriter who approaches music from a Ben Harper/John Butler point of view, rootsy funk/rock guitar licks with a bit of dirt under the nails. Steeped in roots, wallowing in funk, and marinated in soul, Jelly Bread’s sound is all wrapped up in the groove. Thumping bass lines, catchy guitar riffs, and phenomenal drum beats blend with stay in your head vocal harmonies to classify them as a perfect festival band. Known as a high energy live ac­­t that loves to jam, they also write with surprising pop sensibilities… and like jelly, they’ll stick to you.