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Sep 22, 2010 | 95 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Volunteers unload a truck of food at the Iron County Food Bank last year. The Utah Shakespearean Festival’s seventh annual food drive is going on now.
Volunteers unload a truck of food at the Iron County Food Bank last year. The Utah Shakespearean Festival’s seventh annual food drive is going on now.
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CEDAR CITY – Once again, the Utah Shakespearean Festival is offering half-price tickets for fall season playgoers who donate to the Iron County Care and Share.

Local residents can purchase half-price tickets to any Tuesday through Thursday performance throughout the fall season by donating five items of nonperishable food per ticket. The donated food will be delivered to the care and share at the end of the fall season. This is the seventh annual Fall Food Drive hosted by the festival.

“The festival’s annual food drive allows local residents to have a fun and affordable evening out while supporting the arts and helping families in need,” said Bruce C. Lee, festival communications director. “It is a win/win situation.”

The fall season runs through Oct. 23 with plays every Tuesday through Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The fall season includes the hilarious rural comedy “Greater Tuna,” the riveting drama “The Diary of Anne Frank,” and Shakespeare’s rarely performed epic play “The Adventures of Pericles.” Tickets are on sale now at (800) PLAYTIX and www.bard.org.

In the fall of 2009, the Utah Shakespearean Festival donated more than 2,000 pounds of food to the Iron County Care and Share with the help of local residents. This year the festival hopes to increase that amount and feed even more families during the holiday season.

Residents of Iron, Washington, Kane, Garfield, and Beaver counties in Utah are eligible for the discount, as well as patrons from Lincoln County, Nev. All residents should bring proof of residency and five non-perishable food items for each discounted ticket they wish to purchase. This offer is good Tuesday through Thursday on the day of the performance only. There is a limit of four discounted tickets per resident I.D.

“Iron County Care and Share is so grateful for the enormous community support we receive continually,” said Jeffrey Jacomb, Iron County Care and Share board of directors chair. “With the changes in our economy, the amount of food being provided to those in need has more than doubled since last year. Many who have never needed assistance in the past are now impacted by the economy and requesting help.

“Without food drives like the Utah Shakespearean Festival drive, we’d never be able to help as many individuals and families with essentials like several balanced meals each month, that they otherwise could not afford,” he added.

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