Missing La Serna Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” under the stars would be a bloody tragedy!


Savanna Piette, News and Reviews editor

Performances: Thurs., May 24, Fri., 25 & Sat., 26 at 7:30 pm. 

Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for students & $6 with LSHS ASB card.

La Serna High School will host its annual Longman Shakespeare
Festival, featuring three performances of the tragedy
“King Lear” under the stars at 7:30 p.m. Thursday,
Friday and Saturday May 24, 25, and 26.

The festival culminates Saturday with a
free, family-friendly Shakespearean Fair from 2 to 6 p.m.
leading up to the closing night performance. Admission to
Saturday’s fair is free and open to the public.

La Serna produces its annual Longman
Shakespeare Festival in honor of Jim Longman, its former
principal. Longman has supported the fine arts at the high
school for many years, and, although retired, remains
involved with the festival and the school’s theater arts

During Saturday’s fair, La Serna’s
Advanced Placement English students dressed in Elizabethan
garb will provide food, crafts, attractions, games, and
demonstrations all with a Shakespearean theme.
Traditional “snack bar” food will be sold as well as
samplings of the time period, but attendees are also welcome
to picnic. The festival is organized by Eric Twisselmann,
who teaches English and philosophy at La Serna.

The festival takes place on the lawn
between the “K” and the “L” buildings on the high
school’s campus, 15301 Youngwood Drive in Whittier. The
play is produced by teacher David Carter, chairman of the
Visual and Performing Arts Department. Each year, theater
parents and alumni parents build an entire outdoor
Shakespearean stage with sets designed and constructed
specifically for the play to be performed.

Tickets for “King Lear” are $8 for
adults, $7 for students and $6 for La Serna students with
ASB cards. Tickets may be purchased at the gate before each
performance. Some chairs are available, but seating is not
assigned and attendees are invited to bring blankets and
folding chairs.

Review, along will interviews of cast to follow…