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Storms play role in local Shakespeare performance

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- To rehearse or not to rehearse? 

It wasn't even a question for the cast and crew of "The Winter's Tale."  They went on stage in Central Park no matter what Mother Nature had just thrown in their path. 

Clean-up crews spent the day in Central Park removing a massive, fallen tree. The tree crushed several benches in the park after Tuesday's high winds. 

Those benches were recently added for Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, which starts Friday. Workers used a chainsaw and crane to remove the tree in pieces. 

While that was taking place, the actors were still on-stage for rehearsal as planned. 

"We try and fight through the noises, and we do the best we can," actor Crystian Wiltshire said.  

"We deal with the rain, we deal with the heat, we deal with falling trees ... no problem," director Amy Attaway said. 

The director added that nobody was hurt.  

Even though the tree caused several thousand dollars in damage, Attaway said that people have already inquired about helping to replace the crushed benches. 

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