Annual Shakespeare production dedicated to Hupe

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By JIM HEWLETT/Winters Theatre Company

The dog days of summer are now upon us, so that can only mean one thing:  The Winters Theatre Company (WTC) Shakespeare in the Park production is here.  Opening this Friday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m. and continuing on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through Aug. 12, this year’s featured play is William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”

Whether you prefer your comedy to be high-brow, low-brow, or “in-between” brow, this show has a little something for everyone. The scenes featuring Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Sir Toby feature many hilarious physical moments… you’re never quite sure what’s going to happen when the two of them are on stage. The scenes with Olivia, Duke Orsino and Viola feature more “sophisticated” humor and “subtle” word play, but Feste still manages to poke gentle fun at the royalty.

This year’s Shakespeare production is being dedicated to the memory of the very talented and dedicated Howard M. Hupe, one of the original founders of the Winters Theatre Company in 1980. Howard directed the majority of the WTC Shakespeare productions until a few years ago. His tireless dedication to WTC and to all he worked with over his many years will not be forgotten.

“Twelfth Night” will be performed in the outdoor amphitheater behind the Community Center. There is plenty of room for tiered lawn seating, or feel free to bring your lawn chair. Refreshments will be available for purchase, or you can bring your own. Local Yolo County wines will be available for purchase.

Ticket prices are $5 general and free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at the door and on the Winters Theatre Company website,

For more information, call 795-4014, or email


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