This summer, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival is trying something new in Southmoreland Park: a play not written by William Shakespeare. The organization has updated its mission to expand the repertoire and showcase works inspired by the English poet and playwright.
That’s the case with this year’s “Shakespeare in Love,” which got its start as a 1998 film that garnered seven Oscars in 1999, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. The screenplay, written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard, was later adapted for the stage.
Serve KC volunteers will work in groups of at least 2 during the festival. (Job assignments will be made the evening of the play.)
Volunteers are asked to be in the park by 5:30pm, and most jobs end at the end of intermission (around 9:30pm), though some are finished by 8pm when the show begins.
Tasks (all tasks can be done from a seated position if needed):
· Greeting and handing out programs*
· Raffle and drawing sign up*
· Merchandise and Food/Drink Ticket sales
· Audience counting*
*indicates task is finished when the performance begins at 8pm
**Parking – Subject to availability, parking is available at:
· The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for $10 CASH per car (Friends of Art park free)
· Kauffman Foundation Memorial Garden (free)
· 44th Street and Warwick Boulevard (free)
· 45th Street and Oak Street (free)
· 48th Street and Rockhill Road (free)
· UMKC Oak Street Parking Garage (free)
**Age – There is no age limit!
**Food and Drink — You can bring your own food and drink; however, you are encouraged to buy food at the Festival; all food sales help defray the costs of the Festival and keep it free.In the park, enjoy a variety of items available for sale from Festival vendors, including dinner options and beer and wine. Sno cones, kettle corn, soft drinks, and bottled water will also be available. Cash and major credit cards are accepted. (click on the link for more information https://kcshakes.org/performances/festival-food/)
**Perks to Volunteering with the Festival – Volunteers enter the Festival gates 30 minutes prior to patrons and are permitted to put chairs or a blanket down to save a spot to watch the show from before the gates open to the public.
Concerned about the forecast?
The show must go on — and will, unless conditions are unsafe for the company and our audience members. Should the decision be made to delay or cancel a performance because of weather conditions, a notice will be posted on the Festival’s Facebook and Twitter pages and an announcement will be made in the park. This decision is made as close to show time (8:00 p.m.) as possible, so we won’t announce a cancellation during normal business hours. If it’s sprinkling, plan on bringing a rain coat to the park!
You can always find more info about the summer Festival on our website at https://kcshakes.org/performances/festival-facts/ .
Note: If you can’t volunteer on June 29th look for the post on July 3rd.