Monday, May 19, 2014


Shakespeare In The Park 2014-05-17 2

It was quite pleasant at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park before the sun went down Saturday night. Ninety minutes before the start of the performance the company puts on what is called the Green Show, a variety of entertainment to warm up the audience while they enjoy their picnic suppers. I have tried to find the origin of the term green show without success. Thespians, any help?

Readers outside the US may not get the reference in today's title. Wheel Of Fortune is a very long-running, very popular and completely inane TV game show. The version in the park delivers something better than washer-dryers and trips to Hawaii. This group of students stopped in front of the woman sitting next to Mrs. C while I was off shooting the taiko drummers (more about which later). You could spin the wheel or make a request. The contestant got tragedy. The young lady in the glasses recited something lugubrious from King Lear. My wife wanted to ask for a sample of A Midsummer Night's Dream to lighten the mood but the teens were off to their next stop.                          

Shakespeare In The Park 2014-05-17 1


PerthDailyPhoto said...

We did actually have a version of Wheel of Fortune here too Bob, years ago.. We also do the Shakespeare in the Park thing, in Kings Park, it's really enjoyable.

William Kendall said...

I think the link you put in there is about as much as I know of green shows. Effectively it's like a trailer for the show, or the theme of the show, you're about to see.

We have Shakespeare in the park done here as well.

Jack said...

This would be a fun event to experience. I love the top photo. You capture a rather studious looking young lady with her literary wheel of fortune. Cool!