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It’s back to work after a few day’s hiatus for a club convention. Before heading to that event and upon return from it, however, a group’s presentation brought a bit of inspiration and apparently leaves a good impression on my and my children.

The first day off (Wednesday, July 19) had us setting up chairs at the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts for Schuylkill Free Shakespeare’s presentation of “Much Ado about Nothing.” The show had three runs through Sunday. The group also performed “The Tragedie of Macbeth,” but only got to present it twice. Rain canceled the performance on Saturday evening (July 22) and another performance at 8 p.m. Sunday (July 23). The actors did an earlier performance of “Macbeth” at 1 p.m. Sunday. Unfortunately, due to other doings, the kiddos and I couldn’t make the earlier Sunday performance. We we re disappointed, yet thoroughly understood, the cancellation of the second “Macbeth” performance Sunday.

Schuylkill Free Shakespeare debuted last summer with its performance of “Romeo and Juliet.” My daughter, knowing of the story and being friends with some of the young actors, wanted to attend a performance. She liked it so much that we went to see it again on its last production evening.

While unable to see SFS’s production of “Macbeth,” the fact that my daughter wanted to see Shakespearean productions at her age impresses me. The language might seem slightly difficult to understand, but following the scenes and seeing the productions help to interpret the story. Hopefully the opportunity to study the great poet, playwright and actor’s works will afford itself in high school and/or college for my daughter and, yes, my son. He also attended the productions with us and found them interesting. He even greeted some of the actors after the show.

A congratulations to the Schuylkill Free Shakespeare group, which indicted in a recent post on its Facebook page that it is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It’s a wonderful thing to find theatrical entertainment close to home in a cozy setting for free! Looking forward to the next show(s).