“Shakespeare in the Ravine” is back

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Central Kentucky acting group is bringing smiles and laughter for its first in-person performance since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Shakespeare in the Ravine” is back. The Appalachain Shakespeare Center at Eastern Kentucky University is performing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” one of William Shakespeare’s most famous comedies, but with a twist: some of the performers are costumed as life-sized puppets.

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It’s all about making people laugh, smile, and enjoy theatre together again after being locked down for a year. Pre-pandemic, “Shakespeare in the Ravine” drew 200 to 300 people a night, and the group hopes the turnout will be even better this year.

“The biggest thing we wanted to do was have fun, especially after the year we’ve had,” said director of the Appalachian Shakespeare Project Matthew Johnson.

“My main hope for audience members is that they have a great time. We have had such a year and it has been hard on everyone in very different ways,” said actress Sarah Jo Jacobs.

“I really hope that people remember what it’s like to experience live storytelling,” said actor Samuel Lockridge.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” opens this Thursday at 7:30pm. The play runs this weekend and next: July 22-24 and July 29-31.