FARMINGTON -- The Davis County Commission wants to help introduce area youths to the work of playwright William Shakespeare.
On Tuesday, the commission approved a $5,000 donation to the Davis Arts Council for its new series, titled "Shakespeare in the Park."
"The support of our county leaders is critical to our success and will help us reach young patrons who may have never had an opportunity to experience Shakespeare," Davis Arts Council Executive Director Kirt Bateman said.
This summer's play, "As You Like It," will be Aug. 28-31 in the Ed Kenley Centennial Amphitheater in Layton.
Auditions for actors of all ages are set for May 18. The auditions will be at the Davis Arts Council Layton headquarters, 445 N. Wasatch Drive.
The DAC will use the county's donation to initiate a new outreach program that will provide free tickets to the show for anyone age 18 or younger, Bateman said.
The county's contribution also will allow the DAC to reduce the adult ticket price for "As You Like It" from $12 to $5 per person, he said.
"Outside of an educational environment, where else locally can you either participate in or be an audience member of a fully realized Shakespeare play?" said Dawn Brandvold, Davis Arts Council Board of Trustees chairwoman.
The funds provided to the DAC come from revenues generated by the county's tourism tax, which consists of a hotel room, restaurant and vehicle rental tax.
Davis County junior high and high school teachers will be contacted to possibly incorporate "As You Like It" into their English or drama classes and to encourage students to attend the free show.
For more information, visit davisarts.org for audition information or call 801-546-8575.