March 18 2013 12:00 AM

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


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)