Two shows on tap in Stokes County

The Stokes County Arts Council will be holding several live stage performances in October.

The council, in conjunction with Shared Radiance Theatre, will present “Shakespeare at the Rock” at Hanging Rock State Park on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15 at 2:30 p.m. each day, with a performance of “Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare, though this play will give a slightly more modern setting to the tale.

Later in the month, the council will host October Ales and Tales featuring “Jack” in a solo performance by Michael Huie. That production, based on the story of Jack the Ripper, will take place Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 with a performance at 7 p.m. each evening.

“In this unique 1980s setting,” the council said of the first set of shows, “Shakespeare at the Rock,”, “the boys are returning to Messina from a battle (of the bands), full of mirth, mischief and playfulness. The audience will be immersed in the story as they travel with the actors, spinning a modern twist into Shakespeare’s timeless tale.”

This show is unique as well in that the audience will be moving from location to location, following the actors as they weave their tale. The show will begin at the park’s bath house, continues to the Rock Garden, with scenes at the Cascades and Waterfall where “audience and actors will share this delightful story of love, laughter, betrayal and joyful reconciliation.”

The performance will finish at the visitor’s center where coffee and desserts will be served.

Because of the traveling nature of this production, just 30 tickets are available for each show and must be purchased in advance. To reserve a spot, call the Stokes County Arts Council at 336-593-8193. The cost is $15 for students, $25 for adults.

Less than a week later, the second production, based on the legend of Jack the Ripper, will take to the stage.

“Be taken back to the unforgettable autumn of 1888 in this thrilling one-man show. Experience the atmosphere and social conditions of White Chapel, on the East End of London, and the poverty-ridden urban area where the world’s first-recognized serial killer hunted his prey.”

This show will take place at the Arts Place of Stokes, 502 N. Main Street in Danbury. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the performance will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance for Stokes County Arts Council members, $25 in advance for non-members, and $30 day of show. Wine and beer are included in the ticket price for those who are age 21 and older.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the Stokes County Arts Council at 336-593-8193.

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