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Muse sets fire to Shakespeare, honors mothers with a gift

May 3, 2010

Last year Shakespeare went to Bollywood, as Muse of Fire reinterpreted “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for audiences at Sloss Furnaces. This year it’s breakdancing and “Romeo and Juliet,” as the Vulcan Performers bring a special touch to spring festival performances May 7-9.

You’ll find the original words of Shakespeare come to life in a new way, in a family-friendly environment. Kids 10 and under get in free and you can bring in your own food and drinks, even your own seats for maximum comfort.

This time of year, it’s hard to pick one event over another. The Cultural Alliance calendar is full of great things going on around town, and this is high on any list.

You also can provide a benefit for someone else and honor a special woman in your life by making a donation to the Alabama Poverty Project as part of your ticket purchase. Through May 6, a gift of $30 will sponsor a ticket for a student at Birmingham’s Carver High School and support APP’s efforts to educate and equip Alabamians to eradicate our state’s widespread systemic poverty.

At the $50 level, your gift will sponsor one student and provide you with one general admission ticket for yourself, at $80, one student sponsorship and two tickets. In all cases, APP will send a commemorative certificate announcing your gift.

So find out more about how our city’s industrial heart comes to life in a new way by going to the Muse of Fire website or call 757-8333 for tickets to performances Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Or make a gift and buy a ticket through APP that will fight poverty and benefit local students.

Find your way to Sloss Furnaces, below the First Avenue North viaduct at 20 32nd Street North in downtown Birmingham. In the meantime, catch the cast’s Twitters @bamamuse.

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