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The play in the park's the thing [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

September 15, 2013

YellowBrix

Scottdale Fall Festival committee chair Rick Thomas said that every year the group tries to bring something a little new and different to the weekend event, and this year, performers from the Geyer Performing Arts Center will present three shows of the comedy "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: [Abridged]" in Loucks Park.

"We are thrilled to have the Geyer Theater be a part of the festival this year," Rick Thomas said. "We have been trying for years to get them involved and this is going to be a great addition to the festival."

The show will be directed by Katy Pretz of California, who has assembled a small cast of talented actors to present the show, which features small vignettes of several of the more popular works of Shakespeare.

"When I was in college, I took a Shakespeare course where we read all 37 plays in one semester," Pretz said. " At the end of the class, my friends and I celebrated by watching 'The Complete Works of Shakespeare [Abridged].' In August, when Brad Geyer and Kristen Tunney asked if I would be able to put together one of Shakespeare's plays for the Fall Festival, I was worried that there wouldn't be enough time to do any of them justice. 'The Complete Works' comedy immediately came to mind as being well-suited to a diverse audience."

The show will feature six actors who will play a number of different roles, while also having a little fun with the audience.

"There is a lot of audience interaction, so it will appeal to any age," actor Karen Snyder said.

The show will run about one hour and will be held in the ballpark area of Loucks Park, and Pretz feels that the production will be perfect for everyone to enjoy.

"While Shakespeare may not have a huge following in the Scottdale community, the comedy we are performing includes audience participation and is styled after Monty Python skits, making it enjoyable entertainment whether you've read the Bard or not," Pretz said.

The shows are free to attend and perfect for all audiences.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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