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CEDAR CITY -- The 50th anniversary season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival kicked off Thursday night with "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
In Shakespeare's day, actors, singers and dancers drew crowds to the theatre by giving them a taste of the play. For 50 years, the nightly green shows at the festival have attracted not only audiences who have purchased tickets but Cedar City residents who enjoy the free entertainment.
"This is such a special year," said Parowan resident Ted Porray. "It's just a magical year. We're just really happy to be here and excited to see the plays."
Fairies of all ages, captured the imagination of theatre-goers in the season opener, "A Midsummer Night's Dream", featuring some very young cast members.
"It's really, really fun because we used to watch it when we were little and so now that we're in it, it's really cool," said actress Eliza Allen.
"'The Music Man,'I always said, I want to do that when I grow up," said young actress Lauren Allen. "I'm in it and I'm not even grown up yet."
The festival is going on now and continues throughout the summer.