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Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” | Westport Column

This weekend, you’ll have several chances to enjoy the Depot Theatre Apprentice Program’s production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” in which our talented student actors light up the bard’s classic comedy of long-lost twins, cross-dressing, mistaken identities and merry-go-round romantic shenanigans.

Directed by Lindsay Pontius and Scott Gibbs, “Twelfth Night” opens at the Depot Theatre on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 5 p.m., then moves to the Ballard Park Performance Pavilion for the Shakespeare-in-the-Park Festival on Friday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m., and then goes on the road for Saturday and Sunday nights, first in Elizabethtown and then at JEMS in Jay, both at 5 p.m.

The Shakespeare-in-the-Park Festival, by the way, will have its second show at 3 p.m. on Sunday of Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30), with American Studio Theater’s production of “Love’s Labors Lost,” directed by Daniel Billett. More on that as it gets closer, but for now remember that all the Shakespeare performances in beautiful Ballard Park are free.

If you want to get closer to the lake, than the Performance Pavilion, don’t miss the Narrated Cruise on board the Escape, Sunday, Aug. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m., the second of two such tours organized this summer by Westport outdoor guide Elizabeth Lee. Captain Bob Beach of the Basin Harbor Club will take you up the Palisades and along the Vermont shore, where you can keep your eyes peeled for historic shipwrecks, as well as bald eagles, falcons, and ospreys, all of which are nesting this year.

The boat leaves from the Westport Marina and seating is limited. Register by emailing lakeside5047@gmail.com. The cost is $20. Afterward, why not enjoy dinner at the Galley, where you can sit outside and continue to enjoy our amazing lake. (The Galley, by the way, has been rockin’ the open mic thing late night Wednesdays, starting at 9:30.)

Thursday Bookends: By Aug. 14, Ms. Staats of CATS will be back in school, but Thursdays on the Trail will continue throughout the summer. Call 962-2287 for info about the morning’s project. And the free Soundwaves concert at 7:30 that evening is a double feature: Michael Chorney’s “Hollar General” and “Magic City: the Songs of Sun Ra.”

Finally, congratulations to Clay and Sue Reaser, Week Four Winners of the Heritage House Raffle.

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