"Shakespeare in the Park" adds adds a bit of drama and comedy to "Rochesterfest"
"Words Players Theatre's" Daved Driscoll discusses "Shakespeare in the Park" at "Rochesterfest" with Nicholas Quallich.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47)-- For six years, a group of local actors and actresses have been bringing a touch of drama and comedy to "Rochesterfest" in their unique way.
"Shakespeare in the Park" is what you will be able to find, this weekend, at "Rochesterfest." The production is put on by members of the "Minnesota Skyvault Theatre Company," a subsidiary group of "Words Players Theatre." The production of "Romeo and Juliet," which has been edited down, is a free event that can be seen by anyone attending "Rochesterfest" during it's last weekend.
Director Daved Driscoll hopes that although their production may not be word for word, he does hope that in the midst of cheese curds, different business booths and other "Rochesterfest" happenings, "Shakespeare in the Park" may help stimulate excitement instead of dread, regarding "theatre."
"The vast majority of Americans, if they're honest don't really like it (Shakespeare). We had to take tests from our English teachers in high school. I'm a recovering English teacher and I know what it's like," said Driscoll. "A lot of people just don't like it. I guess I'm proselytizing for Shakespeare," Driscoll explained.
"I think if you come you'll love it and the more you didn't like it in high school, the more you'll like what we do with it. It's not your English teacher's Shakespeare. It's very fun and very exciting."
The remaining productions are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.