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Shakespeare returns to Rock Ledge

       Shakespeare is back for a second season at Rock Ledge Ranch.
       Following up on last year's “Merry Wives of Windsor” Theatreworks (the professional theater at UCCS) will present “The Merchant of Venice” in nightly shows Aug. 4-27 (Tuesdays through Saturdays).
       The location will be a 60 by 40-foot tent, set up by the pond and large meadow near the Rock Ledge House.
       Up to 180 seats will be available.
       Just as last year's show was choreographed in a more recent time frame (the 1900s), Theatreworks has moved up the setting for William Shakespeare's “Merchant” from the late 1500s to “a kind of fantasy world of the 1920s-'30s” that will include a jazz trio, said Murray Ross of Theatreworks. He feels it works because the play is about “rapid gains and losses” of money - typical of those times and also today.
       Shows start each night at 7:30 p.m.
       Reserved seats are $30 in advance for adults. For more information, call 255-3232, e-mail, or go to the website:
       Ross noted that some of the proceeds will aid the fundraising for Rock Ledge, a city-owned 1880s-style working ranch off Gateway Road and 30th Street.
       Asked why Theatreworks decided to come back to Rock Ledge, Ross said the venue has a pastoral feel, plus last year “We played to full houses for a month.” The organization has been doing a Shakespeare play annually for more than 30 years.
       Receptions at Art Walk
       The Hunter-Wolff Gallery will hold a reception for landscape artist Sally Hegarty's exhibit as part of the Old Colorado City First Friday Art Walk Aug. 5. The gallery is at 2510 W. Colorado Ave.
       The Art Walk, free and open to the public, is a joint effort by a dozen Old Colorado City galleries or studios from 5 to 8 p.m.
       Another reception will be at Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave., presenting “Figments & Pigments Sculpture and Oils” by Peggy Cook and “Sculptured Silk Paintings of Colorful & Highly Textured” by Marilyn Kirkman from July 29 to Aug. 30.

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Westside Pioneer/press release