LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Shakespeare event is for worthy cause

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I am one of the organizers of the Shakespeare Walla Walla inaugural event -- Dangerous Liaisons -- the fundraiser for the Shakespeare Education Program in local schools. It's coming up quickly -- 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. I'm asking U-B readers directly to purchase a ticket or two to the event, and here's why:

Just last month, actors from Seattle Shakespeare Company spent a full week with local students, immersing them in the world of Shakespeare and teaching them about the Elizabethan court, period dress, dance and vocabulary.

At the end of the week, the actors performed the plays they had talked about for the students, bringing the lessons alive.

The actors and artists from Seattle Shakespeare also work closely with English and drama teachers, helping them make Shakespeare as relevant and vibrant in the classroom as it is on stage.

Your support will ensure this program continues to flourish.

This is going to be a wonderful event -- a great time for a great cause.

It's a pricey ticket -- $200 a person, but a large portion of that fee goes to the Education Program and buys you a ticket to the play, "The Merry Wives of Windsor," which begins Thursday. The rest covers the evening itself.

Guests will be treated royally, wined and dined with a period-inspired menu, and entertained by a Elizabethan-esque fashion show, music and general merriment. Everyone involved is local or has local ties -- models, hair salons, designers and musicians. There are more than 100 volunteers in all.

The Power House Theatre has been transformed from a derelict building, and will be, by Wednesday, an intimate, top-of-the-line theater that will not only be home to Shakespeare, but will house performances of the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, the Summer Dance Lab, modern plays and more.

I hope you'll take the opportunity to attend this event -- for the students, for the theater and for the fun of it!

For tickets, please go to www.shakespearewallawalla.com and click on the "Dangerous Liaisons" tab.

Robin Hamilton

Walla Walla

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