Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival predicts divine summer at Sand Harbor |

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival predicts divine summer at Sand Harbor

Dan Thomas, Lake Tahoe Action

Jeff Dow / Lake Tahoe Shakespeare FestivalThe audience surrounds the Warren Edward Trepp Stage at Sand Harbor for the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival's production of "The Taming of the Shrew" in 2007.

June 24 is no longer considered the longest day of the year, but Midsummer’s Eve is a traditional date for fortune-telling.

The holiday ” a pagan celebration with overtones of magic and wildness ” is also a key influence on William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” With the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival presenting that comedy this summer, Lake Tahoe Action contacted the group’s executive director for a prediction about the coming season on the stage.

“The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival will have a spectacular season showcasing new faces from all over the country with a dynamic, vibrant, energetic and enchanting season consisting of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ the first-ever showing of ‘Richard III’ and an all-new original musical, ‘Cambio,’ ” Catherine Atack told Action on June 23.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, a trippy romp through enchanted woods replete with mistaken identity, a play within a play and fairy magic. Michael Walling, who came from London and has directed for the English National Opera and choreographed for Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, is the guest director for the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s production at Sand Harbor.

In addition to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the playbill for the 36th season of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, July 10 through Aug. 17, includes Shakespeare’s history “Richard III” and “Cambio,” a musical that transplants Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” to modern-day Havana, Cuba.

According to the festival’s Web site, the title refers to the white rubber bracelets that many young people in Havana have started wearing as a statement that the Cuban government is due for a change.

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The festival draws more than 30,000 visitors each year to the Warren Edward Trepp Stage at Sand Harbor, south of Incline Village.

Tickets for the 2008 performance are available at or by calling (888) 32-SHOWS.