The Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival returns this year with a mainstage performance as well as other programs that are part of the tradition of entertaining audiences and training theater students as part of the longest-running such festival in Michigan.
The festival will present "The Merry Wives of Windsor" Oct. 7-15 in the Louis Armstrong Theatre at the Haas Center for Performing Arts. The presentation includes both evening and matinee performances.
This performance of Shakespeare is an opportunity to present something lighter, with more physical comedy and farce, and with a smaller cast and a guest actor and outside director, said James Bell, associate professor of theater and the festival's managing director.
"It’s a different style of Shakespeare," Bell said. "Sometimes people have this reverence for Shakespeare and forget he was an entertainer. It’s good for students to see a lighter shade of Shakespeare — this is certainly not 'King Lear' or 'Hamlet.' It's light, fun and entertaining."