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‘As You Like It’ Takes Center Stage At Applegate Park
 

Merced Shakespearefest opened its production of the classic “As You Like It” at Applegate Park’s MOAT stage last weekend. The free Shakespeare in the Park event began at 10 a.m. on Saturday as fans of the bard gathered to take in the local production that centers on Rosalind, played by Briana Garcia, who flees to the countryside to…

Merced Shakespearefest Begins New Season

Merced Shakespearefest — the local Shakespeare company — is starting its 23rd season in 2023. And they’re on a roll. The 2022 season was complete with three successful shows: in spring, the romance “Pericles” at the Multicultural Arts Center (MAC); in summer, the history “Henry IV, Part 1” at Applegate Park; and in fall, the well-known…

Free Shakespeare In Park This Weekend!

For three years, audiences and the local Shakespeare company, Merced Shakespearefest, had to wait for FREE Shakespeare in the Park — the fine, classical entertainment in the beautiful city park that was held every summer. This year, Merced Shakes is back and celebrating its 22nd season with the exciting production of “Henry IV,…

‘Heart For Art’ event to unite Merced organizations

Merced has a diverse, bustling and rich arts scene. And not only downtown on Main Street, but also at Merced College, the UC Campus, high school auditoriums and stages, and more. The phrase that you might have heard, “There is nothing to do here,” is not true. But then the pandemic hit a year ago. Rehearsals stopped, shows had to be canceled,…