By Michelle Portesi
It’s that time of year again. Time to pack up a picnic basket of goodies (or partake of the goodies offered at the festival) and enjoy the Bard Under the Stars. This year’s plays are ‘Love’s Labor’s Lost’ and ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’.
Monday nights are dark for the theater troop, so Sand Harbor has added some other fantastic entertainment that changes from week to week. If you’ve partaken of Shakespeare over the last 45 years, you’ll love the change of pace on Monday nights.
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the ballet Giselle and the Classical Mystery Tour, and they were both marvelous. This year is no different. Here are some of the Monday night offerings.
JULY 17. Reno Philharmonics Bravo on the Beach. Reno Phil Rocks Tahoe. The Reno Phil is well respected, and their programs are always incredible. Featuring rock and pop favorites from the 70’s and 80’s and performed by award-winning vocalists and the Reno Phil led by music director Laura Jackson, you’ll sure to be singing along to your favorite classic rock.
JULY 24. Sierra Nevada Ballet ‘ The Sleeping Beauty – A Fairy’s Tale’. A new interpretation of the popular romantic tale, The Sleeping Beauty – A Fairy’s Tale features the magnificent music of Tchaikovsky and is reimagined for contemporary audiences by Sierra Nevada Ballet’s director/choreographer, Rosine Bena. This full-length, classical ballet production features a cast of over 50 professional dancers.
JULY 31. ‘Reno Jazz Orchestra’s Roots in the Blues’. The Reno Jazz Orchestra’s 18-piece jazz band will bring the many shades of “blue” to the stage in a tour de force performance that includes songs, swing and soul from some of the top vocalists in the business. From there it’s off to the world of rock, funk, rhythm and blues – and a little twist of country, too! Sure to be a surprising and enjoyable evening of eclectic music.
AUGUST 7 – Reno Philharmonic Bravo on the Beach – ‘Out of this World!’ Travel to a galaxy far, far away with the Reno Phil! Relive the magic of the movies under the stars at Lake Tahoe – and experience a celestial journey with music from Star Wars, Star Trek and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
AUGUST 14 – Alexander Hamilton – An Interactive Historical Experience. No this won’t be the hit play, but a Chautauqua style encounter that brings history alive. Enjoy this historical interpretation performed by Hal Bidlack as he assumes the persona of Alexander Hamilton.
AUGUST 21 – Prim Jazz Night White Hot Summer Groove featuring Peter White and Euge Groove. Luxuriate in the lush sounds of smooth jazz performed by two icons of the art form: composer and saxophonist Euge Groove and acoustic guitarist Peter White. These acclaimed artists, accompanied by a fantastic band, will thrill Lake Tahoe audiences with their original compositions and jazz standards.
If you have never experienced this event, or it’s been awhile since you’ve attended, there have been some changes over the years. Gone are the picnic blankets and in are tables with food service at the front, chairs for the rest of the general seating, and gourmet food and spirit offerings at the entrance to the show. It’s best to reserve your food choices when you buy your tickets. Or do it the old fashioned way, and bring a picnic basket of your favorite munchies. Performances start at 7:30 pm. Bring warm clothing and a flashlight.
For the schedule, to purchase tickets or for more information, go here: laketahoeshakespeare.com