You are Cordially Invited to Livermore Shakes’ Virtual Salon

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March 08, 2021

March 1, 2021

Contact: Katie Marcel



You are Cordially Invited to Livermore Shakes’ Virtual Salon


Livermore – One year into the global pandemic, the theater world is embracing technology and innovation to reach their audiences. Livermore Shakespeare Festival is finding inspiration from the past by producing a sixteenth century-style salon with a modern twist. The salon, an Italian invention, is a group of curious and clever individuals who gather to amuse one another and increase their knowledge through conversation, overseen by an inspiring hostess. While in-person gatherings are prohibited, Livermore Shakespeare Festival strives to bring the salon experience into your home through a safe, virtual format.


Popular Bay Area artists, Sydney Schwindt, Mary Ann Rodgers, and Jennifer Le Blanc will lead three workshops in this salon-style virtual event, entitled SPARC Salon: a series of three workshops for the clever and the curious. Each workshop is an hour long and will be accompanied by the “Bottom’s Up” cocktail shaking session, a signature drink tutorial with Russ Marcel, the actor who played Nick Bottom in Livermore Shakes’ 2017 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Marcel will lead a unique drink tutorial for each workshop, featuring local spirits from Sidewinder Distillery.


The first session on March 4th is “Introduction to Single Sword Stage Combat – No Sword Required” led by Fight Director Sydney Schwindt,  a lively, interactive, and informative event appropriate for all ages. Schwindt recommends using pool noodles or wrapping paper rolls as a safe at-home version of a sword. On March 11th, Mary Ann Rodgers will present the “Top Ten Plays Everyone Should See … Debate Me,” which consists of relevant discussions and playful debates on her top picks, while inviting attendees to create their own Top Ten list. Finally, on March 18th, Actor/Director/Playwright Jennifer Le Blanc will regale folks with her infinite knowledge of “Courtesy and Etiquette in Elizabethan and Regency Eras.” LeBlanc’s session includes active elements such as proper bow and curtsy techniques.


SPARC Salon will be held virtually the first three Thursdays in March at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12/person per session or buy all three workshops for the price of two. For tickets and more information, visit Livermore or call (925) 443-BARD.


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Katie Marcel
Managing Director

(925) 443-BARD
Katie Marcel