July 14, 2012

“Mary Stuart”at the Shakespeare Festival

Riddled with intrigue, jealousy, murder, deceit, and religious strife, the play Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller and translated by Peter Oswald depicts the political atmosphere of Shakespeare’s England.

Cousins, Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I, claim legitimacy to the throne of England.  Threatened by their rivalry, Elizabeth has Mary imprisoned for 18 years for the murder of her husband Lord Darnley.

Torn between her desire to rule freely and her fear of Mary’s Catholic allies, Elizabeth hesitates to sign Mary’s death warrant.  Meanwhile, Mary finds support from the nephew of one of her guardians, the newly converted Catholic, Mortimer.  Even among Elizabeth’s advisers, the Earl of Leicester secretly sympathizes with Mary and joins with Mortimer.  But as the Earl’s loyalty comes into questions, he has Mortimer seized as a traitor in order to reestablish his reputation.  Afraid of incriminating Mary, Mortimer kills himself in the arms of the guard.

Elizabeth finally decides that in order to truly be free, she must sign Mary’s death warrant, but she leaves it to Leicester to carry it out and further prove his loyalty.  In order to absolve herself of her cousin’s death, Elizabeth blames her advisers and either imprisons or banishes them.  In the end, she is secure in her reign but all alone.

Friedrich Schiller, the play write, said: “The theater has the power to punish the thousand vices which justice must patiently tolerate; the thousand virtues which the latter must let pass without comment, on the stage are held up for general admiration.” (Translated by John Sigerson and John Chambless, Theatre considered as a Moral Institution, Schillerinstitute.org)

For those who have seen the play or are familiar with the story, did one queen demonstrate greater virtue or vice?  Did one have greater claim to the throne?

go to http://www.bard.org/plays/stuart2012.html for the complete synopsis, history, essays, and photos of the play.

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July 11, 2012

The 30th Annual Utah Midsummer Rennaissance Faire

“Frame thy mind to mirth and merriment, which bars a thousand harms, and lengthens life.”-William Shakespeare

Join us for…

When: Wednesday July 11- Saturday July14th

Where: Main Street Park

What:  Free entertainment, crafts and concessions, children’s games, fun for everyone!

The festival known as the Utah Midsummer Renaissance Faire has a long-standing tradition of fun, excitement, and great memories. For 30 years, people from around the world have gathered in Cedar City, Utah to be a part of these festivities.

On festival days in medieval times, vendors brought their wares, along with their families, in wooden carts to the base of the city’s walls. They set up a temporary shelter where their families slept, ate and played. Guildsmen worked at their crafts whenever business was slack, and everyone sold hard, shouting their wares at passersby. Festival days were a joyous gathering of people, a bustling social event, full of colour, music, laughter, and endless commotion.

We invite you to come and be a part of our wonderful world. Come take a look at our magnificent renaissance history and life-style that surrounds these festive traditions.

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July 2, 2012

Fire Road Cycling 7-7-12

Light the fire of competition within!  A mountain bike experience for everyone, the Fire Road Cycling event features a 25 k, 60 k, and 100 k course.  Starting and finishing in Cedar City, this race follows the off-road trails up and down Cedar Mountain.  Registration is open until July 4th @ 11:59 PM.  For more info go to http://www.dirtfondo.us/

Want to get in better shape?  There is a Health and Fitness Expo in conjunction with the race.

Where: Main Street Park in Cedar City

When: July 6th @ 12-6 PM & July 7th@ 7 AM- 4 PM

This is also the finishing line for the race on Saturday.  You won’t want to miss this.  Come catch the bug and start preparing for the race next year!

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