Their day jobs may range from television anchor to etiquette expert, but this summer, 17 well-known locals will all share the same job: actor.

Several prominent Nashville figures will get their chance in the spotlight as they make a cameo appearance in the role of The Herald in the Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s production of Shakespeare in the Park. Each performance night, audiences will see a different local celebrity in the role. Mayor Karl Dean filled the role on Aug. 21.

The Nashville Shakespeare Festival has confirmed that TEP President, Chris Sanders will be playing the walk on roll of The Herald in the Thursday night, Sept. 4, performance of Coriolanus at the Centenial Park band shell.

“It’s great to have Mayor Dean and these other local stars as guest actors,” said Nancy VanReece, executive director of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.  "The TEP "endorsement" of Coriolanus simply rocked the Roman empire. We appreciate the support of our mission to bring Shakespearean experiences to the people of Middle Tennessee. Nashville is a city that treasures its Shakespeare in the Park and these representatives are examples of that enthusiasm.”

Remaining performance scheduled as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 4: Tennessee Equality Project Night, Chris Sanders, President

Friday, Sept. 5: First Tennessee Night: Tony Thompson, Nashville Regional President, First Tennessee

Saturday, Sept. 6: Bart Durham Law Offices Night: Bart Durham, personal injury lawyer

Sunday, Sept 7: Frist Center for the Visual Arts Night: Susan Edwards, executive director, Frist Center for the Visual Arts

The Nashville Shakespeare Festival will present Shakespeare’s tragedy Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. ending Sunday, Sept. 7. Vendors open at 6 p.m. and pre-show entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. The shows are free and open to the public. Suggested donation is $5. All performances will be at the Centennial Park Bandshell, located at 2600 West End Ave. For more information about the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, visit

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About Nashville Shakespeare Festival

The mission of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival is to educate and entertain the Mid-South community through professional Shakespearean experiences. The Festival accomplishes this primarily through its public productions of Shakespeare in the Park in the summer and Winter Shakespeare at The Troutt Theater and its educational workshops for young people and businesses.

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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