The Independent Shakespeare Co. (ISC) will hold a variety show and concert this Sunday, May 4, to benefit the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.
“Vaudeville in the Park” will feature an eclectic lineup of musical performances, side show performers, and special guests. The concert is headlined by ISC’s house band, Dr. Pinch & the Pinchtones. (Dr. Pinch is a minor character from Shakeapeare’s The Comedy of Errors who found new life after performing at ISC’s 2012 Festival.)
"Vaudeville in the Park is a great event to kick off the summer!” comments Melissa Chalsma, ISC’s Artistic Director. “It’s a freewheeling event (which is also entirely family-friendly). It’s got swing music, comedy, variety performances and, of course, some great Shakespeare!”
ISC Managing Director David Melville says, “How do you finance a professional Shakespeare Festival when you don't sell tickets? We do take donations at the park but that is a fraction of what it cost to put the whole thing on. Before the first performance we pay actors, designers, directors and crew for months of preparation and rehearsal. We need to raise $150,000 before we start Festival rehearsals and Vaudeville is a huge component of that. “Vaudeville in the Park” is our most important fundraising day of the year; it is also one of the most enjoyable days for cast and audience alike – we have a blast writing and performing sketches and songs. Last year's show had more in common with the Marx Brothers than William Shakespeare, with great music and variety acts plus special turns by people like John C. Reilly. This year’s event will once again be a celebration of spring, swing and Shakespeare.”
Some of the special guests that this year’s show will include are:
Councilmember Tom LaBonge...singing Elvis!
Erik Palladino from NCIS
Missi Pyle from the films The Artist, Charlie and Chocolate Factory, and the upcoming Gone Girl
Mitchel Evans of the Mitchel Evans Mime Experience
The Moscow Traveling Wonder Circus
The Jumbo Shrimp Circus
The event will also feature raffles, such as Salsa lessons instructed by Erika Soto, the avid Salsa dancer who is currently playing Juliet in ISC’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.
“Vaudeville in the Park” will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. Ticket are: Guest $35; Family of four $70. Tickets are available by visiting iscla.org and are tax deductible. Directions to the Old Zoo at Griffith Park are also available on the website.