The Greenshow, a free music and dance show with audience participation, is a beloved tradition at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City. Visitors to this year's festival will be able to see three completely revamped shows presenting Irish, Scottish, and Romani (gypsy) music and dance. The shows rotate nightly from Monday through Saturday at 7 p.m. from June 21 to Sept. 1 on the green and the courtyard surrounding the Adams Shakespearean Theatre, prior to the festival's main shows that begin at 8 p.m. A variety of foods, beverages and snacks are also available.
The new Greenshow is created and directed by Julianne Crofts Palma, who has performed in the show in the past and was hired to recreate the show with stronger characters, more improvisation, and more audience participation. The show's cast features graduates of Cedar City's Southern Utah University, as well as performers from Nevada, Ohio, Georgia and California.
I talked with Payden Lloyd Adams, a recent SUU theatre graduate who plays "Count Boldo" in the show, and he said the best thing about the show is the audience interaction. "I love seeing the kids' reactions, or calling a grandmother out of the audience to dance," he said. "People from the community bring their families, bring picnics, and it's a fun, free, entertaining experience."
Utah Shakespeare Festival
Randall L. Jones Theatre and Adams Shakespearean Theatre in Cedar City, Utah
June 2-Sept. 16, 2012
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Payden Lloyd Adams as Count Boldo, Joseph Alan Spear as Gustafus the Constable, and Chad Ryan Baker as Musician in the Utah Shakespeare Festival's 2012 production of The Greenshow. Photo by Karl Hugh, © Utah Shakespeare Festival 2012.