Editorial: Great opportunity to experience some Shakespeare locally

Thanks to an exciting collaboration among several of our outstanding community groups and local thespians, area residents have a welcome opportunity to enjoy some live Shakespeare during the next few days.

The Conasauga Shakespeare Coalition and the Creative Arts Guild are presenting the Bard's "Henry V" as part of Shakespeare in Burr Park beginning Thursday night and also on Saturday and on Thursday, June 20, and Saturday, June 22, all at 8 p.m. All are free and open to the public.

The Conasauga Shakespeare Coalition is "a not-for-profit performing arts organization dedicated primarily to the collected works of William Shakespeare." Among its founders is Lane Davies, a Dalton native, actor and director who has had a long career in television and movies and who is directing "Henry V". The goal is to present annual productions at the Burr Performing Arts Park while partnering with the Artistic Civic Theatre, the Creative Arts Guild and the Dalton Little Theatre.

As Shakespeare reminds us in "Hamlet," "The play's the thing," and we are in debt to all the "players" who have worked together to make this coalition, and this play presentation, possible, including the 35 participants of "Henry V."

We encourage you to attend one of the "Henry V" presentations if you can and to make the actors, the director and the others involved in this momentous production aware of your extreme gratitude with some thunderous applause.

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