This year was the 50th anniversary year of the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City and it was the Walden Ladies Book Club's third time to attend as a group.
Paula, Sandy, Wendy, Suzanne, Carolyn, Stephanie and Ann
Here we are in front of the replica of Shakespeare's famous Globe Theater. We attended Romeo and Juliet there our first night.
We also enjoyed several exhibits that were there especially for the 50th celebration, such as the 'golden exhibits' shown here. There was one for each of the decades of the first 50 years.
The Neil Simon Festival was also in town and we always slip in one of their plays. This year we saw Barefoot in the Park.
Noises Off and The Music Man rounded out the four plays we experienced this year. The Music Man was the favorite for most of us, with Romeo and Juliet a close second. I think we all loved R and J because we had read and discussed the play at our last regular book club meeting in preparation for the festival.
One of our favorite non-play activities this year was going to the costuming seminar and discussion. The presenter was very knowledgeable, and we loved the stories. You can see some of us here 'experiencing' the costumes.
And, we discovered a new restaurant this year as well. The Pastry Pub had great salads and sandwiches, and of course, amazing pastries, all set inside a traditionally decorated Pub atmosphere, what could be more perfect for us when we are all in the thick of all things 'Shakespeare'?
Hope to see you all there next year?!