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by Ashley Langston
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THIS WELL-PRESERVED pioneer headstone is one stop on the nighttime cemetery tour.
THIS WELL-PRESERVED pioneer headstone is one stop on the nighttime cemetery tour.
CEDAR CITY – The Utah Shakespearean Festival is offering several extra activities and ways to get involved this fall season, and helping those in need by collecting food donations.

Two free “ghostly” events are taking place after select evening performances of “The Woman in Black,” including a Cedar City Cemetery Tour and “Shakespearean Specters and Ghosts of Cedar City.”

The cemetery tour is led by Ryan Paul, curator for the Frontier Homestead State Park and Museum (formerly the Iron Mission). Tours took place Saturday and Wednesday, and the last one will be Oct. 17. Those who want to attend should meet in the parking lot of the state park at about 9:45.

During Saturday’s tour, Paul led the group to the oldest section of the cemetery and showed them several sites of significance, including the headstone of the first man who died in Cedar City.

Paul said the cemetery tour is not a spook alley, but is a way to tell some of the city’s history through the stories in the cemetery, and a fun way to end the evening after a performance.

Shakespearean Specters and Ghosts of Cedar City is a presentation by Festival Education Director Michael Bahr and Paul. They talk of the history of ghost stories and the spirits in Shakespeare’s plays, as well as some local spooky stories.

It will be presented Saturday and Oct. 17 in the Auditorium Theatre directly after the performance.

A promotional event that has nothing to do with ghosts is the “Scenery Sleuth Challenge.” Audience members are invited to notice specific props and scenery pieces in “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” and identify which plays they were previously used in.

According to a press release, patrons who correctly identify all items will be featured each week on Facebook as “Honorary Props Peepers.” Correct entries will be entered into a grand prize drawing.

For more information, visit the USF Facebook page, “The Utah Shakespearean Festival.”

It isn’t all just fun and games though. The festival is having its sixth annual fall food drive to help benefit local families in need. Residents can receive half-price tickets to any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday performance of the season by donating five non-perishable food items per ticket.

Iron, Washington, Kane, Garfield, and Beaver County, and Lincoln County, Nev. residents are eligible. Tickets must be purchased the day of the performance and there is a limit of four discounted tickets per resident I.D.

“The festival’s annual food drive allows local residents to have a fun, affordable evening out while supporting the arts and helping families in need,” Marketing Director Kami Terry said in a press release. “It is a win/win situation.”

For more information on the Utah Shakespearean Festival and any of these events or offers, visit

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