My husband and I wanted to avoid the craziness of the Bele Chere festival so we gave the Montford Park Players a shot and boy were we happy with our decision. We saw the Merry Wives of Windsor and it was very funny. You can tell all of the cast really loves doing it and they all have a great sense of humor. Some of the costumes were a bit odd (such as a dancing bear in a green tutu) but it added to the humor factor. We brought chairs but it did look like they had a stack of chairs there you could borrow from if you didn't feel like dragging one down the hill. Please note that I said hill there. You do have to walk down a small hill to get there. I think the crowd was a little light because everyone was at the festival so it's probably safer to bring a chair if you don't like sitting on wood beams. Our only regret was that we ate a late lunch and didn't feel like eating dinner until after the show. It would have been fun to have a picnic there. If you are in Asheville in the summer, definately go. It's free but donations are accepted and trust me, you will want to give them something!