Fans of Shakespeare can enjoy one of his beloved plays throughout July and early August.

Encore Theatre Company will be performing the Shakespearean comedy “As You Like It” at the Meridian City Hall Plaza for free at 7:30 p.m. on July 19, 20, 26 and 27, and Aug. 2-3.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnics, and donations are welcome. The performance is being directed by Shelby Bay, who chose the show as something fun for audience members.

The performance is open to all ages, but Jonathan Perry, executive artistic director for Encore, suggested parents introduce Shakespeare to their children ahead of time so they’re prepared for the performance.

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“It is Shakespeare, but we work hard to make it accessible and understandable to all audiences,” Perry said over email.

This is the second year Encore has performed in Meridian.

Encore was founded in 2003 when a group of theater friends from Meridian and Nampa “got together to try to create a collaborative community theater group that would be a positive outlet for the west end of the valley,” Perry said over email.


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