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‘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,…

Merced Shakespearefest poised to celebrate 20 years

In this new year of 2021, the local Shakespeare Festival will be celebrating its 20th season! Artistic Director and Founder Heike Hambley directed the first Shakespeare comedy for the young theater company, “Much Ado About Nothing,” in August of 2002! The staging happened outdoors in Applegate Park, at the MOAT (Merced Open Air Theater),…

You can be in ‘The Comedy of Errors’

In its 18th Season, Merced Shakespearefest invites actors to audition for the popular slapstick comedy “The Comedy of Errors” on Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m. at the MAC, the Merced Arts Center, on 645 W. Main Street, in downtown Merced. Performance dates will be Sept. 14, 15, 21, 22 at Applegate Park in Merced, and possibly one more weekend…

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