Things to do Near St George

Utah Shakespeare Festival

If you are looking for things to do near St George then look just a little ways north to the Utah Shakespeare Festival found on the campus of Southern Utah University. It is world renowned and award winning that is sure to delight.

The Utah Shakespeare Festival is amazing in its performances. The costumes are beautiful and the acting is of the highest caliber. The Greenshow is an added bonus as are the symposiums held the next morning.

You can expect world class entertainment in southern Utah. One visit and you will return year after year. The Utah Shakespeare Festival has been a fixture of Cedar City for many years. The performances are professionally done. There are plays other than Shakespeare too. At the least, visitors should attend the free greenshow that begins about 90 minutes before the play. There are dancers, wood carvers, and other fun things to see and do. Highly recommended.

Be sure to put this experience in your life! Come one summer and you will be hooked and want to come back every year. The price is very low for professional theatre and includes free lectures and director/actor talk-backs. Everything the festival offers (free pre-shows called "green shows") is amazing!

Summer in Cedar City is great with warm days and cool nights. One of the Shakespeare auditoriums is outside. The plays are fun, but it helps to follow the plot to attend the orientation about an hour before the play. There they answer questions and tell you a little bit about the play before it gets started. And the day after the play they have a seminar in the pines where the audience can hear comments about the play and meet the actors. It's worth the time. They get done by 11. Then you are free to explore and enjoy until the next night's show.

They do three Shakespeare plays and three contemporary plays in summer. One of the contemporaries is always a musical. "Stones in his Pockets" was a fascinating contemporary play and "Lend Me a Tenor" was hilarious.

It’s hard to think you would ever be disappointed with your experience attending the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Many have been dozens and dozens of times and hate missing a season. The new campus they are building is going to be amazing. Fred Adams has built an American Treasure in the high desert of Southern Utah. This is a must for anyone who loves The Bard.

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