The Hamptons Shakespeare Festival returns to Montauk after six years on Thursday with a performance at the .
"" is part of FamilyFest, a four-part summer series of family friendly programming at the Playhouse, which kicks off on Thursday and continues every other Thursday until Aug. 23.
A critically-acclaimed nonprofit company that presents free outdoor theater and educational programs on Long Island and in New York City, the Hamptons Shakespeare Festival was founded in 1996.
Dance, acrobatics, athletic and more theatrical performances are slated for the rest of FamilyFest, which is now in its third season.
Coming up, the Hamptons Ballet Theater School and the Hampton Chamber Orchestra will present "Peter and the Wolf" on July 26. Each of the story’s characters is represented by a musical instrument and theme, with the story spoken by a surprise celebrity guest narrator," a statement from the Playhouse organizers said.
On Aug. 9, the Jabali Acrobtas, a team from Mombasta, Kenya dubbed "Kenya’s high-energy super circus," return to the Playhouse. They'll perform contortions and acrobatics, while forming human pyramids and balancing on chairs, peform the Congo Snake Dance, the Flaming Limbo Bar Dance, and show off "Skip Rope Footwork" techniques. There's some comedy mixed in lots of electrifying music!
Lastly, on Aug. 23, the FreeCycle Action Sports Team brings an action-packed performance of BMX Skateboarding and Street Bikes. "Through a variety of intense stunts and routines set to high-energy music, the trained professionals of Team F.A.S.T. deliver a dynamic, fast-moving show for the whole family," the statement promises.
All shows will be held outside, barring rain, at 7 p.m. Families are encouraged to bring beach chairs.
Tickets cost $15 per person, or $50 for the series, and are available online or at gift store in Montauk, as well as by phone or at the door.