By Madison Schultz | Friday, April 30, 2021
IVCBA, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival makes changes for 2021 Season by IVCBA's Madison Schultz

With spring in full effect in the Basin, warmer weather is bringing back beloved summer activities to North Lake Tahoe. Considering that Covid-19 numbers are gradually dwindling, it’s safe to say that summer 2021 will be somewhat back to normal. One of the many favorite events that occurs throughout the summer season is the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor Recreation Area.

The Shakespeare Festival has announced that their 2021 season will happen live and in-person; however, there are some changes that the organization had to make to comply with the safety guidelines that are currently in place in Washoe County.

The first change is that the festival’s opening day will be delayed two weeks from the originally announced date. Now, the festival will open in May, replacing Mamma Mia! with a new production, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). This change helped to comply with a smaller cast production and ensure the health and safety of the artists, as well as implement production-related adjustments.

To implement these changes and assist current ticketholders with transition arrangements,the Shakespeare Festival is temporarily pausing new ticket sales. The festival organizers stated in a press release that: “If you are a current Mamma Mia!/Much Ado About Nothing ticketholder, please know that your investment is 100% safe and guaranteed.” The festival also stated that they plan to work diligently to accommodate ticket resolution preference requests such as exchanges or refunds.

Throughout the 2021 season, the organization assures that the health and safety of their patrons, staff, and volunteers will remain a top priority. To help keep all visitors and staff safe, the festival will be reducing the capacity of the venue by 50% to accommodate socially distanced seating in pods of pairs, foursomes, and select singles. Masks will also be required for all patrons, and it is noted that guests should anticipate adjustments to the onsite food and beverage services normally available.

The Shakespeare Festival is looking forward to launching the 2021 Showcase Series in May, and notes to guests to stay tuned for updates and announcements.

For additional information on these updated changes, visit: https://laketahoeshakespeare.com/