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Theater

Wheaton's Shakespeare in the Park to present 'Twelfth Night'

The Wheaton Park District and Wheaton College Arena Theater will present "Twelfth Night" at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 and 27 in Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave. in downtown Wheaton, as part of the fourth annual Shakespeare in the Park.
The Wheaton Park District and Wheaton College Arena Theater will present "Twelfth Night" at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 and 27 in Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave. in downtown Wheaton, as part of the fourth annual Shakespeare in the Park.

WHEATON – Every August, the works of William Shakespeare are brought to life on two summer evenings under the leaves of Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave. in downtown Wheaton.

Courtesy of the Wheaton Park District and Wheaton College Arena Theater, Shakespeare in the Park’s fourth year takes the stage at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 and 27 with "Twelfth Night." The event is free.

“'Twelfth Night' is one of Shakespeare’s comedies,” Wheaton Park District Superintendent of Marketing and Special Events Kristina Nemetz said in a news release. “It focuses on Viola and Sebastian, two twins from Illyria who get separated in a shipwreck.”

Shakespeare in the Park employs a mix of student and professional actors, many of them college alumni, who often come from coast to coast to participate.

“For our students it is a unique opportunity to work with Arena Theater alumni, many of whom have gone on as professional actors,” Wheaton College Arena Theater director and producer Andy Mangin said in the release. “Our students get to act with and learn from people who went through the same program.”

Seating at the Memorial Park band shell opens at 6 p.m. and the performance starts at 7 p.m. each night. Guests are encouraged to bring snacks, lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Bench seating is limited and first come, first served.

Concessions will be available, with proceeds benefiting the DuPage County Historical Museum. In the event of inclement weather, a rain date is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 28.

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If you go

What: Shakespeare in the Park
When: 7 p.m. Aug. 26 and 27
Where: Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., Wheaton
Info: wheatonparkdistrict.com
Cost: Free

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