In Norfolk, residents are not only remembering William Shakespeare’s passing 400 years ago, but are also celebrating the sea, art, and the imagination in Sailors, Sonnets and Sprites at Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk. According to WHURK, “This family-friendly performance art spectacle is made up of equal parts Shakespeare, rock and roll, pixie dust, and mystery. Wood sprites and pirates welcome.”
Located on the recently renovated downtown waterfront, Town Point Park sits aside Nauticus and The Waterside. The park hosts over 100 days of free special events each year, and the city’s event promises to frolic and play with summer lunacy and craziness.
The performances are sure to give physical shape to famous Virginian coastal pirates, such as Lewis Guittar, a terror for Virginian merchants a mere fifty years after Shakespeare’s death, and perhaps the ghost of Edward Teach—known as Blackbeard. Virginia’s nautical history runs deep, so the festival will take advantage of Shakespeare’s work and images, turning them into music, skits, and other performing arts.
In fact, the Hampton Roads event is planned as an interactive, family friendly performance. According to FestEvents, “family audiences are invited to dress up, bring a lawn chair or blanket, and wait to become part of the story to create their own unique experience. Sailors, Sonnets, and Sprites is ready for you to explore and discover modern experiential theater magical environments, experience art and become a part of Shakespeare’s imaginative tales within the beautiful Town Point Park. The festival will feature a variety of unique entertainment, children’s activities, craft brews, wines and ciders, as well as gourmet specialty food selections.”
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