There is nothing more romantic than watching a play in the park. The actors are INCREDIBLE and the outside atmosphere makes for a spectacular experience!
The plays are great, the atmosphere is wonderful and low key. We take wine and food, and eat supper there in the beautiful park. A hat is passed at intermission, but the plays are officially free. I look forward to it every summer.
I've been involved with MPP for two years now, and I've loved every minute spent in the company of this talented and dedicated group of people! They strive to provide affordable, top-quality theatre for the community at large and tourists alike, and, far and away they succeed every time! Recommended for people of all ages and backgrounds to come and see why people are raving about the Montford Park Players!
Montford Park Players (with assistance from the Bard himself, of course) is responsible for nurturing a generation of kids in the Asheville area who understand, respect, and love the works of William Shakespeare. By providing free, quality Shakespeare every weekend in the warm months in a lovely outdoor setting, they bring Shakespeare's works to those who would otherwise not be able to afford it. I would never have bought tickets for my six year-old to go to a Shakespeare play, but I was willing to try letting him accompany me to free outdoor Shakespeare. The well-acted comedy captured his attention even though I'm sure he couldn't understand many of the words. It has been our tradition now for over six years to meet our friends and our sons' friends throughout the summer to see new plays. Now these kids have grown up with Shakespeare, and they are comfortable enough with the language to consider it fun. When the middle schoolers in our homeschool cooperative were asked what classes they wanted last semester, Shakespeare was a popular request. A favorite actor from MPP came as a volunteer to do a workshop with them. They staged and performed three scenes from Shakespeare plays and did a remarkable job. Now, they are beginning to form a Shakespeare club where they will do table reads and "pop-up" Shakespeare performances around town. Their interest in Shakespeare has led to learning in history, poetry, and other areas, as well. I am immensely grateful for the opportunities MPP provides us with every summer to experience Shakespeare and to use it as a way to share a love of language with our children.
My wife and I met Hazel Robinson not long after we moved here in 1996 and were immensely impressed by her imagination, her selflessness, and her dedication to the devlopment of the Montford Park Players which she had founded some twenty years before. Over the past dozen years and more, I have taught several summer courses (UNC Asheville's College for Seniors, Center for Creative Retirement) tied to MPP productions and included attendance at a performance and discussions with director and actors as part of the course. The people involved in the MPP are absolutely remarkable, not only for their commitment to Shakespeare -- evident even on the few occasions when my wife and I thought the production was unsuccessful -- but also for their commitment to Asheville. Hazel Robinson as the founder of MPP has done an enormous, enduring service to this community. I look forward to many more summer courses in connection with the MPP.
After moving to the area and having worked in the theatre industry in the past, I was so happy to find a theatre providing professional, no cost Shakespeare Performances to people in the community. I was able to get involved with the theatre, meet the volunteers, board members and managing director, what wonderful people to go along with such a wonderful organization. This nonprofit truly stands behind its mission, giving the community great live theatre that works towards education, togetherness, and affordable entertainment.
Shows by MMP at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater are one of my great Summer joys. Truly, we are blessed to have such talented individuals working on their shows and the incredible, accessible, pass-the-hat price? Unheard of in this day & age! How special to have great theatre at a price that literally everyone can afford. What a gift.
I had the pleasure of seeing the Montford Park Players in October 2008 during my first visit to Asheville. I saw the "Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged" with my best friend, Coral, and we LOVED it. We were staying at a local hotel and they had a package deal that weekend where we got tickets to see the Montford Park Players. We almost didn't get to see the show, but they added another performance for a Sunday night and we got tickets. If I lived in or around Asheville, I would love to see more shows.
On a trip to Asheville in the fall of 2008, our hotel was running a weekend special that included tickets to see the Montford Park Players. Their performance of "The Complete Works of Williams Shakespeare, Unabridged" was absolutely hilarious. I keep trying to get back to Asheville - just so I can go see the Montford Park Players again! If only I lived closer......