Shakespeare in the Park Performances

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After last summer’s hiatus, Metropolitan Performing Arts is offering its third annual free theater in park series, Love’s Labour’s Lost. Bring a blanket, lawn chair, and picnic dinner for this one-of-a-kind experience fun for the whole family, and it’s free.

A re-telling of the classic story, this production of Love’s Labour’s Lost has been updated to include the language of our time, social media, and improv. The story is updated but still true to its original message. No matter how it’s staged, Love’s Labour’s Lost is a delight for lovers of language.

“Our goal is to make Shakespeare relatable and fun, while still telling the stories he wrote. To share our love of the Bard to others and to create a safe learning environment for performers who have been too shy to attack Will’s works” says Kris Heller, the show’s director. The production is full of the usual double meanings, miscommunications, and linguistic loopholes. The twist? Setting and character re-writes.

Headmaster Freddy King, of Navarre University, has decided that he will make Navarre the best academic school in the world. He and his two teaching assistants, Barry and Longmain, have signed an edict saying that they are going to forgo dating and dancing and that they will study harder than they ever have for three years. However, in their rush to impress the school board and donors they have forgotten that Headmistress Adelie and party are coming to discuss an issue between the two schools. The lovers try to secretly woo these ladies. Professors and Campus security try to maintain order and discipline. While underclassmen and exchange students join in on the fun, sneaking around with lovers, dancing, and playing tricks on the graduate students. How will it all end? Come see for yourself!

Enjoy shows at these locations:

Metropolitan Performing Arts (behind the building in the field)
6403 E Mill Plain Blvd Vancouver, WA 98661
Saturday, July 31st at 6:00 pm
Sunday, August 1st at 6:00 pm

Bethany Vineyard and Winery (21+ Please RSVP in advance)
4115 NE 259th St, Ridgefield, WA 98642
Saturday, August 7th at 6:00 pm
Sunday, August 8th at 6:00 pm

Metropolitan Performing Arts (MPA) is a Vancouver-based non-profit academy and community theater that offers professional, technique-driven classes in acting, dance, music, and tech. Its mission is to enrich the community by providing performance and educational opportunities in the live arts. The cast of Love’s Labour’s Lost features local adult performers and teens.

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