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Shakespeare in Central Park brings entertainment to Old Louisville

Louisville's Fund for the Arts campaign set a record this year in fund raising.  Saturday night, a big night for arts and entertainment in Louisville.  No better example of that than Shakespeare in Central Park.

Each summer for 48 years the Kentucky Shakespeare festival has produced Shakespeare in Central Park.  During June and July thousands of people enjoy the free outdoor productions.

Like all of Shakespeare's plays, Saturday night's production of Pericles has elaborate costumes and live music.  But staging the plays with professional actors cost money.

While the Shakesepeare festival received a slight increase from the fund for the arts this year, the money from the city and state is down. With a budget of just under $1 million its tough to cut expenses.

Since its free you can't raise ticket prices but those who attend are asked for a donation.  Sunday afternoon, a fundraiser will be held behind the festival's office just across the street from Central Park at 4th and Magnolia.

The Shakespeare Festival is a year round operation and not just a summer production. It conducts workshops and plays with professional actors in schools reaching at least 50,000 students each school year.

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