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Boston is the city of the bard
BOSTON — Summer is the time for free outdoor Shakespeare and the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is best known for its annual production at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common, which this season is the comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.”
John Kuntz, a graduate of Cohasset High, stars in the play. Performances this weekend will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 and 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. The show will continue until August 7.
“Much Ado About Nothing” is directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian. It’s one of the Bard’s most popular comedies, with a heartfelt message about the nature of love. The most famous play features the cat-and-mouse love story of Beatrice and Benedick, who have both sworn love. With their witty banter and bubbly relationship, they’re the last to realize they’re perfect for each other.
Participants can bring blankets, chairs and snacks. Chairs are also available for rent onsite for $10 (cash only) and can be reserved through commshakes.org.
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More Shakespeare in Plymouth
PLYMOUTH – “Something Rotten!”, the Tony Award-winning musical that pokes fun at Shakespeare takes the stage at the Priscilla Beach Theatre, which was once a training ground for several famous actors, including Paul Newman, Jean Seberg, Albert Brooks , Jennifer Coolidge and Rob Reiner.
Performances this weekend will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. The show will continue until August 30.
Set in 1595, “Something Rotten!” revolves around brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, playwrights whose careers are fading in the shadow of the one and only Will Shakespeare. When seer Nostradamus predicted that song and dance shows would be the next big thing, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s first-ever musical. Shakespeare, of course, has no intention of sharing the limelight. The brothers’ feud with the Bard then erupts into hilarity.
Tickets for all shows are $35 for adults and $32 for seniors 65 and older. The theater is at 800 Rocky Hill Road in Manomet. The box office can be reached at 508-224-4888 or online at pbtheatre.org.
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‘Get Down’ with KC and the Sunshine Band
COHASSET – After bursting onto the pop music scene 40 years ago, KC and the Sunshine Band are still going strong.
Get ready to “Get Down Tonight” when KC and the Sunshine Band take to the South Shore Music Circus circular stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.
Wear your dancing shoes and expect a string of hits, including “That’s the Way (I Like It)” and “Shake Your Booty.”
Tickets cost between $44.50 and $70.50 and between $38.50 and $64.50 for members. Call 781-383-9860 or visit musiccircus.org
Evening under the stars
HINGHAM — A six-movement suite inspired by the poetry of Langston Hughes is one of the highlights of the final performance in the South Shore Conservatory’s “Evening Under the Stars” series.
The concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 at the Jane Carr Amphitheater, One Conservatory Drive, which is the South Shore’s version of Boston’s Hatch Shell. Tickets are $30 for garden seats and $50 for pavilion seats and can be purchased by calling 781-934-2731 Ext. 22. or online at summer.sscmusic.org
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The musicians are: Peter Bianca, clarinet; Donald Zook, flute; Sarah Troxler, piano; Bahar Soyoz, piano; Ming-hang Tam, violin and Kay Jang, cello. They will also perform blues-inspired “Cafe Music” by composer Paul Schoenfield.
The South Shore Conservatory, incorporated in 1970 in Hingham, is a non-profit community arts school that provides education in music, dance, theater and other performing arts to children and adults on the South Shore. The conservatory also has a large Creative Arts Therapy department, which focuses on providing similar and responsive opportunities for students with disabilities. The conservatory hosts concerts by teachers and students throughout the year.
‘Hair’ at the Theater de la Compagnie
NORWELL – The Company Theater will let the sunshine in for its production of the groundbreaking hippie musical ‘Hair,’ at 7.30pm on Saturday July 30 and 3pm on Sunday July 31.
“Hair” is directed by Company Theater co-founder Zoe Bradford with musical direction by Robert McDonough, choreography by Sally Ashton Forrest, lighting by Dean Palmer Jr. and sets by Ryan Barrow.
General admission tickets are $48 and premium seat tickets are $56. To purchase tickets, call 781-871-2787 or visit www.companytheatre.com. The theater is at 30 Accord Park Drive.
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