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Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Brings LAUGHTER AND SONG to Sand Harbor for 2016

May 12, 2016
Media Contact

Rae W. Matthews
(775) 298-0154

Charles Fee, Producing Artistic Director
Bob Taylor,
Executive Director


The Festival’s 44th season features summer entertainment under the stars, big savings on Two-Show Packages and expanded pre-set seats for Upper/Side Gallery.

INCLINE VILLAGE, NV (April 28, 2016) – 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) launches its 2016 season. Showcasing live entertainment seven nights a week, July 8 – August 21, 2016 at Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s 44th year is headlined by productions of The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s double dose of laughter, and Forever Plaid, a pitch-perfect jukebox musical, and is rounded out by a Showcase Series line-up. LTSF Producing Artistic Director, Charles Fee, will direct The Comedy of Errors, and Victoria Bussert will direct Forever Plaid. The productions will be performed in rotating repertory Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m.

Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors promises a double dose of laughs. When two twin brothers and their two twin servants are unexpectedly reunited after three decades apart, an unsuspecting port city is torn apart at its seams. Design-inspired by Rio de Janeiro’s colorful Carnival celebration, this production is sure to delight. With a zany cast of unforgettable characters, myriad mistaken identities and contagious musical rhythms, Shakespeare’s comedy delivers triumphantly on its famous title.


Forever Plaid offers a heavenly musical experience. One stormy night in the 1960s, four eager singers known as The Plaids met their untimely ends in a cherry red, 1954 Mercury on the way to their first big gig. In 2016, this quartet of comic crooners gets one last chance to return from the afterlife to do the show they never got to perform. The Plaids deliver delightfully with playful patter and angelic voices in a show that will have audiences rolling in the aisles when they’re not humming along to the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s. (Forever Plaid is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International. All authorized performance materials supplied by MTI. The show was written and originally directed and choreographed by Stuart Ross. Musical continuity supervision and arrangements are by James Raitt. Forever Plaid was originally produced by Gene Wolsk.)

“Given the incredible success of our expanded two-show season last summer, we will once again offer audiences two extraordinary productions,” says Producing Artistic Director, Charles Fee. “We hope you will join us for both of these hilarious, family-friendly productions, for two evenings, under the stars, on the shores of Lake Tahoe.”

The LTSF entertainment experience is complimented by al fresco dining at its on-site restaurant – Shakespeare’s Kitchen. Patrons may also choose to bring their own food or drink for picnicking. Information about picnicking and cooler size limitations may be found at

Tickets on Sale
Adult tickets range from $27 – $99. Youth tickets (age 25 and under) range from $15 – $25. Tickets may be purchased online at or via phone at 1.800.74.SHOWS. Discounts and dining areas are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information about group tickets and dining area availability, call 775.298.0154.

Two-Show Subscription Packages Afford Ultimate Savings

Patrons are invited to save when they purchase tickets to BOTH The Comedy of Errors and Forever Plaid as part of a 2016 Subscription Package. Subscription Package tickets may be purchased online at by selecting “Two-Show Subscription Package,” or via phone at 1.800.74.SHOWS.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s 2016 Season is Augmented by a Showcase Series Line-Up

  • Reno Philharmonic Broadway on the Beach SOLD OUT!

Monday, July 18, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – Single Tickets: $60-$130 / Tables: $300-$600 (Tables seat 2 or 4.)

  • Sierra Nevada Ballet Cinderella

Monday, July 25, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – Single Tickets: $25-$75 / Tables: $150-$300 (Tables seat 2 or 4.)

  • Reno Jazz Orchestra Such Sweet Thunder

Monday, August 1, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – Single Tickets: $25-$75 / Tables: $150-$300 (Tables seat 2 or 4.)

  • Ann Hampton Callaway An Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter

Monday, August 8, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – Single Tickets: $32-$89 / Tables: $178-$356 (Tables seat 2 or 4.)

  • Reno Philharmonic Ol’ Blue Eyes at the Beach

Monday, August 15, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – Single Tickets: $60-$130 / Tables: $300-$600 (Tables seat 2 or 4.)

  • InnerRhythms Midsummer Nightmare: Totems

Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 7:30 pm and Saturday, August 27, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

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

  • Reno Jazz Orchestra Music of the Masters

Saturday, September 3, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – Single Tickets: $25-$75 / Tables: $150-$300 (Tables seat 2 or 4.)

  • Trails & Vistas World Concert: A Peace Project of Truckee Tahoe

Saturday, September 10, 2016 @ 6:30 pm – Single Tickets: $24-$69 / Tables: $138-$276 (Tables seat 2 or 4.)


Sponsorships Are Now Available
A wide range of customizable corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. For information, contact Rae Matthews at 775.298.0154 or via email at

2016 Sponsors Include

Audi Reno Tahoe • Brimm’s: A Catering Company • Cedar Glen Lodge • Dolan Lexus • KNPB • News 4, FOX 11 and My21TV• Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation • Ponderosa Properties • Reno Gazette Journal • Reno Tahoe USA • Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty • US Bank


About Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
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 series of performances produced specifically for younger audiences that are presented free of charge during the summer at Lake Tahoe and throughout northern Nevada.

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