For the first time since William Shakespeare first appeared in the woods beside the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, a party is being thrown for him and his fans.
“As You Love It” is the name of the affair — to include food, wine and Shakespearean vignettes — from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, at Camaraderie Cellars.
The winery, at 334 Benson Road, is collaborating with the fine arts center to host this fundraiser in support of the annual Shakespeare in the Woods production.
Actors and crew from Sequim and across Clallam County will stage the romantic comedy “As You Like It,” July 20-Aug. 5, with performances at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Admission is free, as always — which is where Friday’s Camaraderie Cellars event comes in.
“We want to keep it free. We want everybody in the community to be able to come,” said Jessica Elliott, executive director of the fine arts center.
Friday’s event is aimed at giving Shakespeare in the Woods an infusion of funding for its expenses, which range from costuming, props and makeup to stipends for the small production crew.
Tickets, which include food, Camaraderie wines, nonalcoholic beverages and entertainment, are $30 in advance via the fine arts center website, www.PAFAC.org. If any are remaining Friday, they will be sold at the door for $35.