Recycled Shakespeare Company will hold its fifth annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Bash Saturday, April 21, at various venues in Waterville. The theater troupe and members of the public will read all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, perform scenes and monologues from his works, and sing Elizabethan songs (many of which were written by the bard himself) throughout Downtown Waterville.

The reading will begin at 10 a.m. at the Waterville Public Library, 73 Elm St., and will move at 11 a.m. to the amphitheater in The Concourse. A procession is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. through The Concourse, to Silver Street and then to Main Street, resting from 2 to 5 p.m. at Selah Tea, 177 Main St. A masquerade ball with Elizabethan dance instruction will be held from From 7 to 9 p.m. at Bluewave Studio, 33 Concourse E.

All events are free, family friendly, and open to the public. Event organizers ask people to sign up to read a sonnet, they are 14-line poems about time, life and love. Each sonnet only takes about one minute to read. To sign up to read a sonnet, visit

For more information, contact Emily Fournier at 314-8607 or [email protected] or check us out on Facebook.

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