The Recycled Shakespeare Company invites the public to come out and celebrate the birthday of the poet and playwright, William Shakespeare.

The 452nd Bard’s Birthday Bash will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23, on the stage in The Concourse behind the Napoli Italian Market, by Holy Cannoli. Sonnet reading will commence at 10 am. Weather permitting there will also be a fencing demonstration and chance try your hand at this fighting art with RSC.

Costumed RSC members and friends will parade down the sidewalks at 11 a.m. of The Concourse, Silver Street, Main Street and Temple Street, stopping in to sing and read sonnets at welcoming restaurants and businesses along the way. The public is invited to join the procession and read sonnets as well.

Selah Tea on Main Street will host RSC and friends from 2 to 7 p.m. as they complete the reading of all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, and share songs and displays related to Shakespeare.

“Everyone is welcome to don a period style hat, read a sonnet, and party like it’s 1599! Anyone who loves a particular monologue or scene is invited to add to the festivities; if you have a favorite piece and want to recite or perform, here’s your chance. Please contact me to reserve your time and readings as soon as possible. Readers of all ages and skills come from all over the area, representing businesses, organizations, and causes, or just because they love Shakespeare. Even some folks who hated reading Shakespeare in high school are taking a second look and calling forth their own inner actor. It’s all for fun and no memorization is required…and it only takes about one minute to read a sonnet,” RSC producer Emily Fournier said in a news release.

Shakespeare’s 452nd Birthday Bash continues at 7:30 p.m., with a Masquerade Ball at Blue Wave Studio on the Concourse. Period style dress and masks are encouraged. All dances will be taught by Marge Bartlett of the Society of Creative Anachronism. No experience or partner required. Birthday cake will be served. Bring your own tea, coffee or soda.

For more information, contact Emily at 314-8607 or [email protected].