EVENTS: Shakespeare group plans 460th birthday party

Party Like It’s 1599

What ho! Come party with Recycled Shakespeare Company for 460th birthday of the great bard William Shakespeare in Waterville, on Saturday, April 20, with the 11th annual Bard’s Birthday Bash.

Weather permitting join costumed readers and revelers to begin the Sonnet Stroll on Main Street, at the corner by Key Bank, at 9 a.m., travel up the Concourse to read sonnets and perform at Yardgoods Center and The Villager, meeting again at Waterville Public Library, at 10 a.m. Join Robert Sezack for his annual reading at Re-Books and then enjoy a sword fighting demonstration near Wild Clover Cafe, on Silver Street at 11a.m. Parade up Main Street where everyone is invited to read sonnets and sing fun Shakespearean songs as the troupe stops at businesses along the way: Incense and Peppermint, The Framemakers, Days Jewelers, Holi Cannoli, and Robin’s Nest. By 12:30 p.m., the join them at Jin Yuan Chinese Restaurant for sonnet presentations by video from friends across the nation. Local readers are also invited to join the group here, too.

At 2 p.m., the Bash continues at Selah Tea where more sonnets and entertainment will run until 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to sign up to read a sonnet or two or do a favorite Shakespearian monologue at either location. Last year every slot was filled and RSC hopes you will join in this exhilarating success.

All ages are welcome and no special talent is required. Please contact Debbie Achorn at 207-314-6160 or for more information or if you would like to participate. Costumes are encouraged although not required.

From 6 to 8 p.m., there is a Masquerade Ball at Greene-Block Studios, on Main Street. A few easy Elizabethan dances will be taught. It is a lot of fun and no partner is required. All ages are invited. Birthday cake will be served. The entire event is free of charge.

RSC says, “Party like it’s 1599”, so come on out, put on a mask and have some really old-fashioned fun.


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