ClaremontVID_Wallop-2015_C22Looking for something entertaining to do near the Inland Empire this weekend? Claremont welcomes out-of-town visitors and Southern California locals to enjoy our arts, music and outdoor events. From Friday Nights Live to the Midsummer Shakespeare Festival, our calendar is chock full of rousing events and annual festivals.

There’s something fun to do for everyone. The weekly Claremont Farmers and Artisans Market every Sunday is the largest of its kind in the region. For arts and crafts lovers, there’s the monthly First Saturday Art Walk and the Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire in October.

Families flock to events such as Things That Go Bump in the Night at California Botanic Garden in October and Inland Pacific Ballet’s The Nutcracker in December. And nature enthusiasts can celebrate and discover the beauty of various native plants at the Annual Wild Flower Show and Festival in April and other botanic garden events.

Discover all the not-to-be-missed events taking place in Claremont in our continually updated events calendar below.

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Annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival presented by Ophelia’s Jump — La Tempestad (or Shakespeare Goes Caribbean)

July 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

LIVE SHAKESPEARE OUTDOORS! A CLAREMONT TRADITION! Ophelia’s Jump Productions presents their annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival at Pomona College’s Sontag Greek Theatre in Claremont
Midsummer Shakespeare Festival co-sponsored by Pomona College

SHOW SCHEDULE:

LA TEMPESTAD (OR SHAKESPEARE GOES CARIBBEAN): July 11, 13, 19 and 21

THE KNIGHT OF THE BURNING PESTLE: July 12, 14, 18, and 20

WHEN: July 11-July 21, 2024. Thursdays through Sunday at 8:00 p.m.
Included – Green Show musical entertainment begins at 7:00 p.m.
ADMISSION: $35 per show ($65 for festival pass)
INFO/TICKETING: https://opheliasjump.org or 909-734-6565

Ophelia’s Jump Productions’ Midsummer Shakespeare Festival returns this July, presenting Measure for Measure and The Pirates of Penzance in repertory at The Sontag Greek Theatre, the historic outdoor venue located on the grounds of Pomona College in Claremont.
Prior to the performance, the venue will be open early to accommodate picnickers. Concessions including craft beer, wine and snacks will be available. There will also be a nightly Green Show, a pre-show entertainment at this iconic venue. (The Green Show originated in Elizabethan times.)
About Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare – Tyrants are opportunistic. When power is handed to Angelo in the Duke’s absence, he asserts an extreme moral code to exercise control and political advantage over his subjects. Like many self professed arbiters of morality before him, Angelo does not apply his strictures to himself using his power to pursue his own lusts and ambitions. But Angelo has met his match in the truly righteous and persistent Isabella. When the power of the state is twisted to serve false righteousness one woman confronts political corruption and moral hypocrisy to save her brother’s life and bring down “the petty tyrant.”
About The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan – This classic melodrama/operetta is presented OJP style with gender fluid casting and high camp. An earnest and naive young Frederick recently released from his indenture to a band of tenderhearted orphan pirates comes across a bevy of beautiful maidens. Having been with the pirates since he was a young boy, Frederic, has never seen any other woman but his nurse Ruth who has convinced him that she is quite beautiful and desirable. Frederick is stunned to find that Ruth has deceived him (she’s old and not so hot after all) and he is immediately smitten with the beautiful, Mabel, who thinks he’s pretty cute too. However, the way to a swift wedding is blocked when Frederick finds out that through a technicality, he is still actually bound to be a pirate. The dashing and frolicking Pirate King reclaims Frederic through an appeal to Frederic’s over developed sense of duty, and the daughters are in danger of being kidnapped by the pirate band. However, when their father, the Major General, does some fast talking and reveals that he is also an orphan, the Pirates are moved to tears and reject their piratical ways to marry the daughters and resume their place as lords in British society. Everybody celebrates and lives happily ever after.

About Ophelia’s Jump:
Ophelia’s Jump is a non-profit Performing Arts Theatre producing plays, staged readings, the Midsummer Shakespeare Festival in Claremont, and hosting youth and adult improv and acting classes. Ophelia’s Jump Productions was founded by artists and educators who believe that the purpose of theatre is to create unending conversations, spark imagination, incite conscience, and elicit a visceral response. Ophelia’s Jump aims to invigorate the creativity and intellect of the community by working with local emerging artists. Ophelia’s Jump is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

About Pomona College:
Located in Claremont, California, Pomona College is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. Established in 1887, Pomona is known for its quality academic programs, a challenging curriculum, close relationships between students and faculty, a range of student research and leadership opportunities, and a strong commitment to the arts. Additional information available at www.pomona.edu

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