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Shakespeare in the Park: 'The Winter's Tale' comes to life at Bandshell

Shakespeare in the Park is establishing itself as a tradition in Detroit Lakes as it enters its fifth year this summer.

A cast of local actors under the direction of Nikki Caulfield will share their talent in a fun and accessible presentation of Shakespeare’s works for the community. This year, the production is “The Winter’s Tale,” one of Shakespeare’s later pieces.

Members of the community are welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets or take advantage of the supplied seating to enjoy the beautiful outdoor theater space.

“The Winter’s Tale” explores themes of jealousy, rivalry, and forgiveness through a blend of tragedy and comedy. The play provides something for all members of the audience with a plot of deception and romance, as well as high levels of action.

The play switches settings between Sicily and Bohemia, and focuses on the royal families from each kingdom.

The Sicilian king Leontes begins to harbor deep resentment and suspicion towards his childhood friend Polixenes, the king of Bohemia.

Accusing Polixenes of having an affair with his wife, Hermione, Leontes sparks a chain of tragedy that alters the lives of all involved, in ways that reveal themselves over the course of the performance.

It’s an exciting plot of uncovered secrets and the far-reaching consequences of a single action.

Through the support of the Historic Holmes Theatre, the performances are staged at the City Park Bandshell and are free to the public.

Opening weekend is June 28-30, and performances also run the following week from July 5-7, from 7 to 9:30 each night.