Under a canopy of oaks and a darkening summer sky, Descanso Gardens on Tuesday night concluded its Summer Family Series with an Elizabethan festival brought to life by the Theatricum Botanicum for a crowd of nearly 200 people.
At 5:30 p.m. sharp, troubadours in full period dress sang their way from the garden gates to an intimate amphitheater under the oaks where Queen Elizabeth and Mr. Shakespeare welcomed the audience, all of whom shouted “huzzah,” officially commencing the festivities. As more families continued to spread picnic blankets on the surrounding lawns, children near the stage were pulled up to participate in scenes from “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” “Richard III,” “The Tempest” and Moliere’s “Tartuffe.”
Cameron Squire, production manager for Theatricum Botanicum, said the varied ages of the audience requires finding a balance of offerings to interest everyone.
“It’s significant to us, so we often think about how to make it significant for them,” Squire said.