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2014 festival planning underway – Shakespeare lives on

By , - Last modified: November 20, 2013 at 2:57 PM

As 2013 nears its end and outdoor festivals are closing for the season, event planners and programmers aren't showing any signs of tossing away the keys that will open doors to 2014.

An event that attracts thousands of visitors per year and is recognized on a national level takes serious planning, and one local festival that serves as an engine of economic prosperity in the region is ahead of the curve in finalizing its initiatives for next year.

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, a professional theater company on the campus of DeSales University in Center Valley, produces a season of Shakespeare and other classics, musical and children's theater. Home to nearly 150 artists from around the country, including winners of and nominees for the Tony, Obie, Emmy, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Jefferson and Barrymore awards, the festival hosts more than 200 performances of six full productions, attracting up to 30,000 patrons from 20 states.

Heading into its 23rd year, the festival is acquiring sponsorships and has announced its 2014 schedule:

The 2014 summer season schedule:

  • Fiddler on the Roof: June 11-29.
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona: June 18-July 13.
  • Lend Me a Tenor: July 9-Aug. 3.
  • Macbeth: July 17-Aug. 3.
  • Women of Will: July 20-Aug. 3.

Children's plays:

  • Cinderella: May 31-Aug. 3.
  • Shakespeare for Kids: July 23- Aug. 2.

Performance sponsorship and corporate subscription packages are $1,000 and $1,200, respectively.

To learn more about the festival and/or sponsorship opportunities, contact Debra Walter at debra.walter@pashakespeare.org or 610-282-9455, ext. 6.

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Christopher Holland

Christopher Holland

Christopher Holland is a researcher for Lehigh Valley Business and blogs on arts and entertainment in the region.

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