AArkansas Shakespeare Theatre supporters have announced the date of the annual Shakespeare Scurry.

The family friendly race and festival will be held at the Village at Hendrix on Friday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m.

This is a primary fundraiser for the summertime festival group, which holds a majority of its Shakespeare productions at Conway.

Race participants are encouraged to wear Renaissance inspired attire to pay tribute to Shakespeare, said event chair Cristal Lambert.

The 2K race will begin at the Market Square at the Village at Hendrix and will wind its way through the Hendrix campus.

Immediately following the race, participants are invited to a number of finish line activities, including a race award ceremony, refreshments, games, and a preview performance by AST company actors.

"We’re so excited that we are able to offer the only professional Shakespeare theater in the state. It’s important to us that people of all ages have the opportunity to experience the arts and to learn about theater and the arts in a fun way," Lambert said. "The goal of the scurry and festival is to provide a wonderful event for families and also to offer exposure to the arts in a family friendly environment."

This upcoming season’s Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre productions are Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night," "Richard III," and "The Tempest." "Big River," a musical from the book by William Hauptman that takes Mark Twain’s character Huckleberry Finn and his friend, Jim, on an adventure to Arkansas, will also be performed in this year’s festival.

Plays begin in early June.

Scurry registration forms are available at PK’s in downtown Conway and at Village Books at the Village at Hendrix. Forms may also be printed from the group’s website, www.arkshakes.com. A schedule of this year’s productions is also found at the site.

Registration is $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the race.

Race packets may be picked up at Village Books on Thursday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or on the day of the race from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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