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Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival ANNOUNCES EXPANDED TWO-SHOW SEASON FOR 2015

May 26, 2015

Media Contact
Rae W. Matthews
(775) 298-0154

Charles Fee, Producing Artistic Director
Bob Taylor,
Executive Director

The Festival’s 43rd season of summer entertainment under the stars also boasts a Monday Night Showcase, an extended Summer Encore Showcaseexpanded Café Table seating, and big savings on Two-Show Packages.

INCLINE VILLAGE, NV (May 26, 2015) – Entertainment, food, family and friends will converge under the stars on the scenic shore of Lake Tahoe this summer as Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival (LTSF) – a premiere summer event in the Reno/Tahoe region – launches an expanded season in 2015 that features two mainstage productions. Showcasing live entertainment seven nights a week, July 10 – August 23, 2015 at Sand Harbor State Park. Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s 43rd year is headlined by productions of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, and the world’s longest running musical, The Fantasticks.

LTSF Producing Artistic Director, Charles Fee, will direct Romeo and Juliet. Victoria Bussert will direct The Fantasticks (book and lyrics by Tom Jones; music by Harvey Schmidt). The productions will be performed in rotating repertory by a single company of actors Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m.

A multi-event Monday Night Showcase and new Summer Encore Showcase will augment the Festival’s 2015 mainstage productions and feature a diverse array of live music and entertainment from a variety of genres. Monday Night Showcase performances will run from July 20 – August 17, 2015, and Summer Encore Showcase performances will run from August 27 – September 12, 2015. Details and a complete lineup are available online at .

“We are elated and proud to satisfy the artistic hunger of our loyal and adventurous audience members … for more world-class theater productions under the stars in our unparalleled and breathtaking natural venue on the shores of Lake Tahoe,” said LTSF Producing Artistic Director, Charles Fee. “Our ability to produce this expanded, two-show season is a testament to our community’s support of arts and culture at Lake Tahoe, the steadfast commitment of our visionary board of trustees, and the passion and considerable talent of our amazing artistic team of actors, directors, and designers.”

William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a powerfully poetic tale of love and loss, is the greatest love story ever told. Transcending the hate of warring factions, in defiance of their parents and in secrecy from their friends, two young, star-crossed lovers risk all they have to be together. However, the same passion that stirs the lovers’ hearts also fuels the wrath of their feuding families and threatens to exact heart-rending results.

A charming and romantic musical about one young couple, two “feuding” fathers, and an infinite love that transcends over time, The Fantasticks whimsically whisks audiences on a journey of imagination into a world of moonlight, magic, and memory. Along the way, love is found, lost, and rediscovered again in one of the great classics of the American musical theater.

The LTSF entertainment experience is complimented by al fresco dining at its on-site restaurant – Shakespeare’s Kitchen. Offering a wide variety of dining options, the Shakespeare’s Kitchen menu is available to view online at Alternatively, patrons may choose to bring their own food or drink for picnicking. Complete information about picnicking and cooler size limitations may be found at

NEW Two-Show Subscription Packages Afford Ultimate Savings

Patrons are invited to enjoy the best savings of the season when they purchase tickets to BOTH Romeo and Juliet and The Fantasticks as part of a 2015 Subscription Package. Patrons save up to $5 off regular priced tickets when purchasing two-show Subscription Package tickets. Subscription Package tickets may be purchased online at or via phone at 1.800.74.SHOWS

Tickets on Sale
Regular priced tickets range in price from $15-$89. Subscription Package ticket discounts have already been applied to the pricing that appears on our website. No promotional code information is necessary. Tickets may be purchased online at or via phone at 1.800.74.SHOWS. Discounts are also available for groups of ten or more. For group info and reservations, call (775) 298-0154.

2015 Monday Night Showcase Lineup:

Reno Philharmonic Orchestra
Broadway on the Beach

July 20, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Single Tickets: $50-$110 / Tables: $250-$500 (Tables seat 2 or 4.)

Reserved Seating is SOLD OUT. 

Join us in Sand Harbor for Broadway on the Beach – an annual celebration of Broadway favorites featuring award-winning vocalists and the Reno Philharmonic led by music director Laura Jackson. This year’s Broadway soloists are the fabulous Christiane Noll, star of Ragtime, Chaplin, Urinetown, Grease, Miss Saigon, and South Pacific, and the dynamic Hugh Panaro, who is currently starring as the Phantom on Broadway and has been seen in Show Boat, Les Miserable, and The Red Shoes.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear Broadway’s best surrounded by the beauty of Lake Tahoe.

Sierra Nevada Ballet
Romeo and Juliet: The Ballet

July 27, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Single Tickets: $25-$75 / Tables: $140-$280 (Tables seat 2 or 4.)

Enjoy a new interpretation of a famous classic love story brought to life through dance and set to the haunting music of Sergei Prokofiev. Considered one of the “great” full-length dance dramas of all time, Romeo and Juliet: The Ballet features a company of 30 dancers led by ballet professionals from across the country.  Shakespeare’s classic is re-imagined for contemporary audiences as the Sand Harbor production unfolds through the eyes of Lady Capulet, the mother of Juliet, highlighting the position of women during the Italian Renaissance.

Acclaimed Powerhouse Saxophonist/Vocalist

August 3, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Single Tickets: $29-$89 / Tables: $178-$356 (Tables seat 2 or 4.)

In a career that spans seven solo albums and countless collaborations in the studio and live on stage, Mindi Abair, a two-time Grammy nominee, has made her mark on a broad stretch of the musical landscape that includes jazz, pop, rock, R&B, soul, funk and more. Her impressive list of credits include ten #1 radio hits, a two-season stint as the saxophonist on American Idol, a national tour with Aerosmith, collaborations with Bruce Springsteen and Booker T and appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman. Mindi will surely set Sand Harbor a-rockin’ this summer with her unique blend of infectious energy and extraordinary talent.

Mindi Abair supports Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival! Will you?
Our house right Premium and Café Table and Chairs seating sections have been designated as LTSF fundraiser seats for this concert! Tickets in these sections are $200 each and include a cocktail party and meet and greet with the artists! For more information or tickets, call (775) 298-0163.

Miracle in the Andes with Nando Parrado

August 10, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Single Tickets: $50-$125 / Tables: $250-$500 (Tables seat 2 or 4.)

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience world renowned speaker and author Nando Parrado as he takes the stage to share his extraordinary story of surviving the Uruguayan rugby team’s tragic plane crash in the Andes Mountains. This legendary tale of courage, teamwork, determination, faith, family, perseverance and the power of the human spirit will touch your heart and stir your soul. Many have read his best-selling book Miracle in the Andes or seen Alive, the movie that it inspired. Few have had the opportunity to experience his enlightening, powerful and memorable first person account – one that places a new perspective on the value of human life.

Reno Philharmonic Orchestra
Beatles at the Beach

August 17, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Single Tickets: $50-$110 / Tables: $250-$500 (Tables seat 2 or 4.)

Imagine The Beatles playing in concert with a symphony orchestra. What would that have sounded like?  Find

out for yourself when Classical Mystery Tour performs live in concert with the Reno Philharmonic conducted by Jason Altieri. The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like The Beatles! The full show presents some thirty Beatles tunes sung, played, and performed exactly as they were written. From early Beatles music on through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is the best of The Beatles like you’ve never heard them: totally live at Lake Tahoe.

Midsummer Nightmare: Xistence

Friday, August 27, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 28, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

Single Tickets: $32-$89 / Tables: $178-$356 (Tables seat 2 or 4.)

Midsummer Nightmare is back! Premiering at Sand Harbor State Park to sold-out audiences in 2007, the new Nightmare features a collection of exceptional performers that entertain with a wild mix of dance, special acts and live music. Representing “Air, Earth, Fire, and Water,” the performers tell the story of the battle between human and natural elements – an epic that explores our differences and embraces our dreams of unity and the future.

“Perfectly Frank” Featuring Bobby Caldwell

Saturday, September 5, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Single Tickets: $25-$75 / Tables: $150-$300 (Tables seat 2 or 4.)

Take a trip down memory lane with the Reno Jazz Orchestra and enjoy Sinatra’s most famous tunes performed by some of the finest jazz musicians in the West. Presented in true Sinatra style by acclaimed soul, pop, and rhythm and blues stylist and singer-songwriter, Bobby Caldwell, this swinging night of big band music and songs under the stars is sure to delight. If Frank Sinatra were alive today to celebrate his 100th birthday this year, he would be proud to play Sand Harbor!

World Concert: A Peace Project of Truckee Tahoe

Saturday, September 12, 2015 @ 6:30 pm
Single Tickets: $23-$68 / Tables: $136-$272 (Tables seat 2 or 4.)

Grammy Award-winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra (PMO) will close out the Summer Encore Showcase with rhythms and beats performed in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. A true Big Band, Pacific Mambo Orchestra mixes the tradition of the 1950s mambo-craze with an intoxicating contemporary energy and features thirteen extraordinary musicians and vocalists. PMO is one of the best Latin Big Band Orchestras in the world. Opening acts will include the soulful world-style blues of local musician Peter Joseph Burtt, Taiko drumming, violinist Scarlet Rivera and jazz harp musician Motoshi Kosako.


Sponsorships Now Available

A wide range of corporate, marketing and individual sponsorship opportunities are available. For information, contact Rae Matthews at (775) 298-0154 or via email at

2015 Sponsors and Community Partners:
• Alpine Insurance
• Audi Reno Tahoe
• Brimm’s: A Catering Company
• Cedar Glen Lodge
• Constellation Brands
• Eldorado
• Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau
• Nevada Arts Council
• Nevada State Parks
• NV Energy
• Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation
• Reno Tahoe USA
• Reno Gazette Journal
• Sotheby’s
• US Bank

About Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

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 Lake Tahoe and the region. Annually drawing more than 30,000 attendees from across the country to the specially built Warren Edward Trepp Stage along the north shore of Lake Tahoe, the Festival is committed to producing the finest cultural events in the region.

The Festival’s community outreach initiatives are highlighted by signature educational programs that include InterACT, an interactive school-based workshop series for students designed to educate future generations about the importance of the arts, theater and music, and the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program, a free series of performances produced specifically for younger audiences that are presented free of charge during the summer at Lake Tahoe and throughout northern Nevada.