On September 28, the eighth annual fall food drive will kick off at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Over the years the Festival has been able to donate approximately 10,000 pounds of food to the Iron County Care and Share, helping to feed less-fortunate families during the holiday season.
There are two ways local residents can participate this year. Donate five items of nonperishable food per individual directly to the Festival and receive a half price ticket to any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday performance. Or make a monetary donation of at least $10 to the Iron County Care and Share. Present the gift receipt to the ticket office and receive a half price ticket to the Festival’s backstage tour. To make a monetary donation, the Iron County Care and Share is located at 222 West 900 North in Cedar City.
“The Festival’s food drive allows local residents to have a fun, affordable evening out while supporting the arts and helping families in need,” said Kami Terry Paul, Festival marketing director. “This year we hope to raise over 2,500 pounds of food in order to serve people in need.”
Residents of Iron, Washington, Kane, Garfield, and Beaver counties in Utah are eligible for the discount, as well as patrons from Lincoln County, Nevada. All residents should bring proof of residency and five non-perishable food items for each discounted ticket they wish to purchase. This offer is good Tuesday through Thursday on the day of the performance only. There is a limit of four discounted tickets per resident I.D.
According to the Iron County Care and Share, “food drives raise awareness of hunger in the community, collect food for people in need and play an essential role in the fight against hunger.”
Tickets for the Festival’s 50th anniversary season, which will run through October 22, 2011, are now on sale. The fall season includes Shakespeare’s beautiful romance, The Winter’s Tale, the mystery thriller Dial M for Murder by Frederick Knott, and Michael Frayn’s hilarious farce Noises Off!. For more information and tickets visit www.bard.org or call 1-800-PLAYTIX.