Shakespeare at City Park Sunday; steel drum band at Hazel Miller Plaza Tuesday

"Two Gentlemen of Verona" set for City Park Sunday.

“Two Gentlemen of Verona” set for City Park Sunday.

Two upcoming performances of note in downtown Edmonds: the first Sunday, July 20, at  Edmonds City Park, featuring the Summer Concerts series presents Wooden O production of Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” starting at 3 p.m.

Edmonds City Park is located at 3rd Avenue South and Pine Street. The City of Edmonds will announce whether the performance is canceled due to rain 30 minutes prior to show time.

Here’s the story line: Best pals Valentine and Proteus find themselves rivals for the affections of the beautiful Silvia while Julia, Proteus’ forgotten gal, hatches a plan to win back her man. As the two gents play out their foolish ideas of love, their servants Speed and Launce create a comic contest of their own in a hilarious battle of wits. This mid-century take on the impulsive nature of romance will win your heart.

Founded in 1994, Wooden O started with annual summer Shakespeare performances at Mercer Island’s Luther Burbank Amphitheater. Over the years the performance schedule grew to other park venues around the region, including Edmonds in 2006. In 2008, Seattle Shakespeare Company merged with Wooden O to become the premiere indoor/outdoor classical theatre in the state of Washington. Visit seattleshakespeare.org for more information.

Edmonds City Park concerts take place on Sundays throughout the summer, and are sponsored in part by contributions from Lynnwood Honda and Acura of Lynnwood.

Ian Dobson

Ian Dobson

The second performance is Tuesday, July 22, when Ian Dobson’s Steel Drum Party visits Hazel Miller Plaza from noon-1 p.m.

The Hazel Miller Plaza is located at 5th Avenue South and Maple Street. Concerts take place rain or shine.

Dobson began performing steel drum music in 1995, and he teaches steel drum on Holland America Line cruise ships in the Caribbean during the winter months, playing abroad in such places as Mexico and Canada, and performing at music festivals, libraries and schools throughout the Northwest. He has performed with many musical luminaries, such as Jackson Berkey of Mannheim Steamroller and Lee Oskar of the band War. Visit www.iandobson.com to find out more.

The Hazel Miller Plaza concerts take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the summer. They are sponsored entirely by a grant from the Hazel Miller Foundation.

For a complete schedule of dates and times for all concerts, visit www.edmondsartscommission.org or pick up a printed concert schedule at the Frances Anderson Center. All concerts are free, open to the public and accessible to people with disabilities.

 

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