Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy will morph from a school campus to a wonderland of nighttime revelry, theater, art and music as the annual La Cañada Flintridge Shakespeare Festival kicks off its second season there starting June 24.
The festival, nicknamed LCFShakes, is presented by the nonprofit theater company VanguardRep. It will feature two shows that will run through the end of July, with nighttime performances at the school’s Byrnes Amphitheater Thursdays through Sundays.
In addition to a freshly developed adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” audiences can also enjoy the world premieres of “After the Autumn” and “Tragic Women,” two original plays inspired by Shakespeare’s works and characters.
The festival also will feature local artists and musicians, and audience members are encouraged to bring blankets, picnic dinners and wine to enjoy under the stars with friends and family.
Despite the newness of the event, last year’s inaugural festival was a success that drew larger crowds each week as word spread throughout the community, according to Matthew Burgos, who serves as co-artistic director alongside Sam Ross.