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Shakespeare in the Park opens tonight!

Catch The Comedy of Errors with a pop 80s twist this weekend only...

The Cumberland Theatre is presenting the fourth annual Shakespeare in the Park this weekend at the Gilchrist Gallery Garden in Cumberland on July 29th and 30th and at the Grantsville Town Park on July 31st. Performances will begin at 7:30 pm and last approximately one hour. Admission is free and community members are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of outdoor theatre.

This year CT is teaming up with the Embassy Theatre to present The Comedy of Errors - one of Shakespeare's earliest works. Set in the city of Ephesus, the play tells the story of two sets of identical twins who were accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus. When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of Antipholus of Ephesus, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and demonic possession.

Directed by Tim Bambara (former Artistic Director of the Embassy), this version of Comedy of Errors is being set in the pop world of the 1980s complete with colorful costumes, music of the era and plenty of pop culture references.

The cast is comprised of both local and visiting actors. Heading the cast as the two Antipholuses are Seth Thompson and Erik Alexis. Thompson was last seen as Lee in True West and the title role in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Alexis has last appeared in Reefer Madness the Musical. Playing the Dromios will be Dante Santos and Jamiel Burkhart - both recently on stage in this month's Rock of Ages.

Other cast members recently seen in Rock of Ages are Kimberli Rowley (Adriana), Morganne Chu (Luciana), Katelyn Shriener (Balthazar), and Jmonet Hill (Officer). Also appearing in the show are Tyler Gilks (Angelo), Robert Smith (Dr. Pinch), Ebony Gennes (Duke of Ephesus), Sean Besecker (Aegeon) and Emily Haworth (Amelia).

The production staff includes Caitlin Weems (assistant director/fight director), Rhett Wolford (set design), Elizabeth Mudge (costume design), Em Uranga (stage manager) and Hayden Kline (sound tech).

The show is being sponsored by Ray and Brenda Morris through the Community Trust Foundation with other funding from the Garrett County Arts Council and Grantsville Arts and Entertainment District.

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