last night we had boomsma family night (minus paige, who had to work, boo) down in newport beach attending an outdoor production of shakespeare’s “much ado about nothing.” the non-profit group, shakespeare by the sea, puts on free shows in various parks and outdoor venues throughout southern california. you come early with a picnic dinner, sit on blankets or lawn chairs in the grass and enjoy the production. the evening ended up being considerably colder than we had anticipated, but we still had a great time! (reminded me of the southwest shakespeare company plays i attended in high school/college at the mesa ampitheatre – shoutout to those of you who remember those!)
last christmas, my in-laws had given us this awesome picnic backpack for occasions such as this – i was thrilled to be able to use it for the first time!
(i’m also looking forward to using it again in a month or so when we see Disney’s Fantasia at the Hollywood Bowl!)
the cast (who also doubled as the crew) setting up:
over 1200 people showed up for the production!
enjoying the evening… (and not looking at the camera, apparently?)
it was a decent show (despite my really awful phone picture, sorry)! the actor who played Dogberry (the fool) was quite hilarious and entertaining, especially with his improvisational comments when a toddler from the audience started attempting to climb the set. he definitely stole the show.