Since 2002 Young Shakespeare has served over 50,000 children and their families.
In honor and recognition of our Chair Emeritus, Geno Menchetti, we renamed our educational outreach performances the D. G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program in 2004.
Each year the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program presents an interactive, one hour interpretation of a Shakespeare Classic created with the young audience member in mind. Taking the work of the bard to several venues throughout the Reno/Sparks, Minden and Tahoe/Truckee area.
This FREE educational outreach program offers audience members a great live theater experience and provides a wonderful opportunity to young aspiring actors from regional Middle and High Schools who, through auditions are selected to join a cast of professional actors, director and production team.
Suggested Donation $5 per adult, $1 per child
Join us for the 2014 D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program's production of As You Like It.
The D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream promises to be a highly energetic, fun and interactive experience for all the family.
See schedule below!
Coming to a D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare performance at Sand Harbor
Here are a few tips on coming to Sand Harbor for the performances of the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program.
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival's theater at Sand Harbor is a great venue to enjoy the wonderful works of the Bard. However, it is an outdoor venue so it's sensible to think about the weather. The show starts at 10am which means it can go from cool to warm to hot in a short space of time, so it's important to remember to bring protection from the sun (hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and water) and also a long sleeve T-shirt/sweater if the weather is cooler. You can also purchase t-shirts, water and many other wonderful items at our merchandise booth!
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival's theater is within Sand Harbor Nevada State Park - the park charges a parking fee: $10 in state, $12 out of state - they don't take cards!! Come to Sand Harbor State Park early - the Park Rangers operate the entrance to the park and it can get very busy over the summer months which can mean a line of cars waiting to get in. Carpooling is a great way to help reduce the line of cars coming into the park and save money on the entrance fee.
Food and Beverages:
We encourage you to bring snacks and water to our shows but please consider the lovely LTSF staff and volunteers who have to make sure the theater is ready for the mainstage performances at night and clean up. You can also purchase water from our merchandise booth!
Check you have everything before you leave the theater - each year we collect a large number of hats, sunglasses, cameras, video cameras and all manner of forgotten things. Come meet the cast after the show to say hello! Make sure to bring your beach attire so you can enjoy the lake after the show!
While the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program is FREE to attend unfortunately it does cost money to make it happen every year! The production is made possible in-part by grants from the Nevada Arts Council, and the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation. However we rely on donations from the community to make this wonderful program for both aspiring actors and young theater goers possible. Please consider making a donation on the day you attend to help make future performances and productions possible. Our suggested donation is: $5 per adult and $1 per child.
Suggested Donation $5 per adult, $1 per child
See the table below for a schedule of venues. We will do six performances at our home venue, Sand Harbor State Park, and tour the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe region with additional shows. Although the performances are free, reservations are required to limit capacity at each venue.
Reservations are required due to capacity limits at each venue and are available through this website.
Please call 775.832.1616 if you are ordering tickets for a group of 10 or more.
2013 D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Performance Schedule
The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization established for the cultural benefit and enjoyment of all residents and visitors to our region. We strive to plan, produce and advocate the finest cultural events at Lake Tahoe while educating future generations on the importance of including theatre, music and art in their everyday lives. Supported by Stimulus Funding through the Nevada Arts Council's SNAP Grant Program.