The River Market and The Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau are pleased to announce their first-ever “Shakespeare in the Park” production, a special version of the Bard’s play The Tempest, on Sunday, in the East Pavilion of Ottenheimer Market Hall, home to the Farmers’ Market.
Produced and performed by Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre (AST) including advanced theatre students from UCA’s theatre program, many of whom are part of the AST professional summer company, this production was adapted specifically for families and those less familiar with Shakespeare to enjoy together.
At just an hour in length, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s production of The Tempest brings the Bard’s words to life, and showcases the very best of his play in a way that is enjoyable and engaging for a variety of audiences and ages. It is the perfect way for parents to introduce their children to Shakespeare, or for adults who may not be very familiar with his work, to experience one of the most extraordinary playwrights of all time in a comfortable and fun setting. “The goal of this Tempest is to get people of all ages excited about Shakespeare. We use Shakespeare’s original language, but really focus on storytelling, and The Tempest is a great story,” says Rebekah Scallett, Producing Artistic Director, Arkansas Shakespeare Theater.
“We are so excited to announce this production as the first-ever “Shakespeare in the Park” event, at The River Market. What’s great about this production is that we’re able bring our community such a wonderful entertainment value in this event – the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre has been written about by the New York Time. Our hope is that we can continue to bring rich cultural experiences to the River Market that are appealing and affordable to all,” Diana McClung, Director of River Market Operations.