Late night festival offerings include the ‘Reach Cabaret’

"In Spite of Ourselves," Maggie Hollinbeck and Larry Bull at The Grind Coffee House, date unspecified | Photo courtesy of the REACH Facebook page, St. George News

CEDAR CITY — Actors of the Utah Shakespeare Festival come together once again to put on weekly Cabarets as part of “Really Eager Actors Crying Hire” fundraising efforts. These company members sing, dance and perform to raise money to bring artistic directors and casting agents from across the country to Cedar City to audition festival actors for upcoming jobs.

Starting July 9, “Reach Cabaret” will be performing every Thursday night throughout the summer season at Off the Cuff Theatre, 913 S. Main St. in Cedar City. Doors open at 11 p.m., and the performance starts around 11:15 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $11 at the door, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to support Reach.

Actors Larry Bull and Natasha Harris are coordinating the cabaret this year and are very excited about the new location.

“Off the Cuff Theatre is a true performance space,” Bull said. “There are at least 250 seats and a decent-sized stage.”

With the large size, audience members will not have to worry about standing for the whole performance if they arrive late. There will also be concessions available at the theatre.

“Reach Cabaret” is a night filled with a variety of entertainment from singing, people playing instruments, clown acts and comedic sketches by the festival’s talented company. There are new acts every week, so audience members can come weekly to see more of their favorite actors.

Tickets are on sale for the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 54th season, which runs from June 25 to Oct. 31. The eight-play season includes Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Henry IV Part Two” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” The season will also include Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” “Charley’s Aunt” by Brandon Thomas and Steven Dietz’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”

For more information and tickets, visit www.bard.org or call 1-800-PLAYTIX.

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