'The Winter's Tale' opens tomorrow

| 30 Sep 2011 | 09:50

Highland Lakes — “The Winter’s Tale,” by William Shakespeare, and presented by The Illustrious Theatre Company on the lawn of the Highland Lakes Country Club opens tomorrow, July 22 at 8 p.m., with additional performances July 23, 29, and 30 at 8 p.m. and on July 24 and 31 at 7:30 p.m. One of Shakespeare’s last plays, “The Winter’s Tale” interweaves the elements of both tragedy and comedy, including a psychological study of irrational jealousy, a beautiful romance, and the antics of the bumbling and mischievous “clowns.” The title derives its meaning from an expression used in Shakespeare’s time to describe a story or fairy tale told by the fire on a cold winter’s night. The plot encompasses the heartless cruelty of a king, the aftermath of his actions, and the struggle of love and humor to triumph over evil, just as spring “resurrects” life after a long winter. The play will be performed on the lawn overlooking Highland Lake, which organizers said provides a natural “stage” for the production. The audience should bring blankets and lawn chairs as well as picnics and refreshments. The Highland Lakes 75 Anniversary Committee will also be selling refreshments at every performance and a percentage of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Highland Lakes Goodwill Fund. In addition, there will be a pre-show seminar beginning approximately 45 minutes before curtain time. Tickets are $13/$15 available at the Highland Lakes Club House, Healthy Thymes Market in Vernon, Eclectic Eye Antiques in Warwick, and online at www.theillustrioustheatre.org. For more information call 973-764-4936.