Wildly Entertaining

CHAUTAUQUA – Week Five offers a variety of entertainment events that include the Chautauqua Festival Dancers, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra as well as the Chautauqua Institution original inter-arts collaboration: The Romeo & Juliet Project.

The week begins with free admission to the grounds today. Visitors are welcome to attend a performance by the New York Summer School of the Arts School of Choral Studies at 2:30 p.m. in the Amphitheater. Parking is free until 1:30 p.m.

The Chautauqua Festival Dancers, under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, and the Musical School Festival Orchestra will perform together in the Amphitheater on Monday at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater.

Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics will perform on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. for Family Entertainment Series. For more than 10 years Jeff Musial and Nickel City Reptiles & Exotics have been taking over the wild world of animal education with a unique blend of quality education and comedic timing to keep audiences involved with his in-depth knowledge, witty comments and “fun facts” on each of his scaly, furry and feathered friends. NCRE travels the east coast and has appeared on Animal Planet, and both late night and morning talk shows.

Later on Tuesday, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra will perform under the direction of guest conductor Rossen Milanov at 8:15 p.m.

On Wednesday, North Carolina Dance Theatre in Residence presents An Evening of Pas de Deux, ranging from the classical to the contemporary at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater.

Rossen Milanov will return as the guest conductor for Thursday’s performance, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the reconstruction of the Massey Memorial Organ, played by organist Jared Jacobsen.

Friday entertainment this week features Dick Fox’s Golden Boys, starring Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater. Preferred seating is available for this performance.

Shakespeare’s timeless love story Romeo and Juliet will be reinvented on Chautauqua Institution’s Amphitheater stage Saturday at 8:15 p.m., with The Romeo & Juliet Project, an original inter-arts collaboration that brings together Chautauqua’s signature arts programs for a unique, one-night-only event.

Tickets for Amphitheater performances are $40. On Community Appreciation Nights, ticket prices are reduced to $20 and Tuesday evening Family Entertainment Series performances are always free.

For additional ticketing information, visit chqtickets.com or call 357-6250.

Chautauqua Institution is a summer community located in southwestern New York State on Chautauqua Lake. It offers a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship, educational programs, and recreational activities. Each summer the Institution hosts over 2,200 events and 100,000 guests. For more information please visit, www.ciweb.org.