March 18 2013 12:00 AM

Lansing Civic Players stages 'Merchant of Venice' at Potter Park Zoo

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    Tuesday, July 19 — If you walk through Potter
    Park Zoo and hear iambic pentameter, don’t be surprised: It’s just the Lansing
    Civic Players’ production of “The Merchant of Venice.”


    In past years, the company has performed
    Shakespeare on the Grand River. “We thought it might be nice to try something
    different,” said director Mike Stewart. “So we decided to pick the zoo.”


    Stewart knows the potential problems associated
    with outdoor theater, such as unpredictable weather and noise. Last year, the
    LCP troupe performed near a fire station and had to stop and wait for an ambulance
    to pass by.


    Luckily, in Potter Park they shouldn’t face this
    problem. “They’ve got a nice little spot for us,” Stewart said. “The biggest
    noise will probably be a few lions there.”


    The cast of “Merchant”
    includes Tod Humphrey as Shylock, Kris Vitols as Antonio, Anna Hatcher as
    Portia, Sarah Hauck as Narissa, Daryl Thompson as Gratiano and Joseph Mull as Bassanio
    .


    Performances start at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and
    Fridays and at 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through July 31. Admission is free
    (with your zoo ticket), but donations are appreciated.


    'The Merchant of Venice'
    Through July 31
    Lansing Civic Players' Shakespeare at the Zoo
    Potter Park Zoo, 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing
    6:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays: 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
    Free (with zoo admission)
    www.lansingcivicplayers.org

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