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ShakespeareFest Returns With Comedy, Twelfth Night

MARIPOSA — The Mariposa Theatre Alliance, a program of the Mariposa County Arts Council, presents an open air performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night: Songs of Illyria by Merced Shakespearefest on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24, starting at 7 p.m. at the Mariposa County Park Amphitheatre, located at 4889 County Park Road.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and students, and $9 for Mariposa Arts Council Members. Tickets may be purchased at the Arts Council’s online shop, which can be found at: www.mariposaartscouncil.org or at the Mariposa County Arts Council’s Treetop Gallery located at 5009 Highway 140 in Mariposa.

Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, follows twins Viola and Sebastian, played by Krista Joy Serpa and James McIntyre, and features a shipwreck, confusion in gender identity, love and attraction, and the comedic antics of the singing fool Feste, played by Colton Dennis. The play features 15 actors from Merced, Atwater and Modesto, and is directed by Jim Bennett. After staging in Merced, Shakespearefest returns to Mariposa for its second year.

The Mariposa Theatre Alliance (MTA) is an association of producing theatre artists formed to foster and promote theatre throughout Mariposa County. Its purpose is to share information, resources and technical support. In addition to staging productions, the MTA provides theatre classes and workshops open to members of the community at large. The Mariposa County Amphitheater is the MTA’s home base, but its programs are held countywide.

The Mariposa County Arts Council, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization, created to promote and support all forms of the cultural arts, for all ages, throughout Mariposa County and is funding in part by Mariposa County, the California Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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