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Start your week on a high note with St. Lawrence Shakespeare this summer

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PRESCOTT - The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival has launched its 17th season: Passion & Panache and it is now fully underway. By all accounts the shows are a hit and rank within the best the festival has ever produced.

Now they turn their attention to the other events that make up the festival on the majestic St. Lawrence. Their Monday Night Live Series, which sold out last summer bringing a new dynamic to the historic Glasgow House and the nightlife on King Street, began this past Monday - July 29 with a stage reading of Artistic Director Richard Sheridan Willis' latest play Boy Beatle.

The series will continue on August 5 with members of the Shakespeare festival led by actor and Musical Director Liam Lynch, performing their favourite songs from Broadway in On Broadway. This will be a not-to miss event. It all concludes on August 12, with a staged reading of the youngest member of the company, Ottawa's Sophia Swettenham. Her new play, The Passions of Smart, adapted from the famous novel By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by 20th century Ottawa writer Elizabeth Smart, will be directed by and feature members of the festival acting company.

This series is a great opportunity to see intimate and engaging performances often of a play's first public appearance, like last year's play by Rose Napoli that has now been picked up and presented in full production. The series also features a variety of musical and magical performances.

Tickets for this event are $20 and are available online at www.stlawrenceshakespeare.ca, by phone 613 925 5788, in advance 206 King Street West or at the box office on the night of the performance. All performances take place at St. Paul's United Church - 290 Dibble Street West in Prescott.

The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, now entering its 17th season, is a proud community member of the town of Prescott, Ontario. The only Shakespeare Festival in Eastern Ontario, SLSF is an award winning, active player in the region, producing two productions every summer in its outdoor amphitheatre on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Proudly creating, directly with the community, the festival houses a year-round art gallery, Shakespeare shop and has numerous special events and performances throughout the year.

For more information and tickets go to www.stlawrenceshakespeare.ca or call 613 925 5788.

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