This September, the Lipscomb community will have a front row seat to one of Nashville’s most anticipated arts events: Shakespeare in the Park, as part of the second annual Lipscomb Night on Saturday, Sept. 2. The outdoor event will include food trucks, fun and a production of The Winter’s Tale in the Bandshell at Centennial Park featuring some of Lipscomb’s own students, alumni and faculty.
The pre-show music will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature Lipscomb contemporary music student Corey Miranne. The Winter's Tale, which is one of two shows featured at this year’s Shakespeare in the Park, is directed by Lipscomb theatre professor Santiago Sosa. It features performances by Emily Meinerding ('18), Jonah Jackson ('16) and Andrew Johnson ('15), and will begin at 7:30 p.m. The show will also be interpreted for the deaf by Lipscomb theatre professor Scott Baker.
Admission to the park is free with a suggested donation of $10 to the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. The Lipscomb community is invited to spread out a blanket or set up a folding chair and bring a picnic dinner or take advantage of one of the food trucks. Community members are also encouraged to wear purple to show their Lipscomb support.
“Lipscomb Theatre has enjoyed a long partnership with The Nashville Shakespeare Festival for several years now,” said Beki Baker, Lipscomb theatre department chair and former NSF education director. “We try to send students to intern, study, learn and perform with them every year. Some of our faculty works with them as well. For many of our students, NSF is where they first step onto a professional stage. We’re looking forward to both shows this summer and to the good work that our students and professors are doing along with the other area professionals.”
This past spring, Lipscomb and NSF teamed up to co-produce a production of Richard II, one of Shakespeare’s little-performed historical plays. The production featured an all-female cast of Lipscomb students as well as NSF artistic director Denice Hicks and Baker. The NSF also held a Lipscomb Night at their Comedy of Errors production in Centennial Park in 2016.
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