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Annual Shakespeare in the Grove: free, all welcome

  • Outdoor theatre on the Chesapeake Campus – 8 p.m., June 22-26
  • TCC Roper Performing Arts Center in downtown Norfolk – 8 p.m., June 30-July 1

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (June 8, 2011) – Play lovers will see Shakespeare’s classic romantic struggle served up with a wild-west twist in The Taming of the Shrew, presented by Tidewater Community College’s Theatre Department during the 16th annual Shakespeare in the Grove festival.

John Cauthen as Petruchio and Madison Reiske as Kate

TCC’s version of the play depicts the rough-and-tumble daughter of a saloon owner, wooed by a brash, determined ranch owner with plans to land himself a wife to take back home. Originally written between 1590 and 1594, this Shakespeare work brings comedy and romance together, while examining acceptable social mores.

Presented at both the TCC Chesapeake Campus’s outdoor theatre at the corner of Bells Mill and Cedar roads and the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center in downtown Norfolk, all Taming of the Shrew performances are free and reservations are not needed. Outdoor play-goers are encouraged to arrive early with lawn chairs and blankets. Hot dogs, hamburgers and other light fare will be sold, but picnic baskets are welcome as well.

It’s “first-come, first seated” in the grove for an evening of Shakespeare magic under the twinkling summer stars.

Performances will run as follows:

  • Outdoor theatre on the Chesapeake Campus – 8 p.m., June 22-26
  • TCC Roper Performing Arts Center in downtown Norfolk – 8 p.m., June 30 - July

For more information call TCC Theatre, 822-5219, or TCC’s Information Center, 822-1122. For directions, see


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - topped 45,000 students in 2009-10. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System. The college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-five percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit