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Saturday, May 25, 2013 7:00 PM

On May 25, The Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre will transform Oliver Art Center into the House of Capulet for An Evening in Verona - a 10th anniversary season fundraising event for Northern Michigan's own professional Shakespeare Company. In an effrt to build community and highlight their 2013 Season Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre will treat guests to the music of wandering minstrels, local food and wine, but the focus will be interactive scenes performed by the company.


 
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Lakeside Shakespeare was founded in 2003 by Artistic Director Elizabeth Laidlaw and featuring the performing and technical talents of a rotating company of over 30 of Chicago's finest theatrical artists. Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre serves the Benzie County, Michigan community, performing free Shakespeare in the Park every summer during the last week of July and first week of August.

Our current performance home is the Old Ice Rink at Forest Hill, 188 Park Avenue, where we perform with the assistance and support of the City of Frankfort. In addition to challenging and imaginative productions of the works of Shakespeare, Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre conducts both youth and adult workshops, also free of charge, during their performance weeks in Benzie County. It is Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre's goal to continue to expand our reach further and further beyond Benzie, and beyond theatre, to become a hub of artistic challenge and opportunity for many artists, and to develop further appreciation and support for the performing and visual arts in Northern Michigan.

On May 25th The Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre will transform Oliver Art Center into the House of Capulet for An Evening in Verona - a 10th anniversary season fundraising event for Northern Michigan’s own professional Shakespeare Company. In an effort to build community and highlight their 2013 Season Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre will treat guests to the music of wandering minstrels, local food and wine, but the focus will be interactive scenes performed by the company.

Ever dream of being on stage? Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre will auction off a walk on role during the 2013 Season performance of either Romeo and Juliet or A Comedy of Errors or perhaps a public wooing would be more your style, come ready to bid. In addition there will be myriad opportunities to show your support for Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre’s 10th anniversary through auction items, sponsorship, and of course, audience participation.

Highlighting the support of Northern Michigan’s foodie scene, Jim Barnes and Suz McLaughlin will craft food provided by May Farm, Birch Point Farm, Echo Bend Farm, The Ant and The Grasshopper Farm, and Ware Farm into a modest feast fit for a Capulet --or a Montague. Glasses will be filled by Leelanau Peninsula Vintner’s Association, "as an annual celebration of the culture & cuisine of Northern Michigan, the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival is dedicated to supporting the arts in our region," explains Festival Director Laura Herd. "We are so excited to have Lakeside Shakespeare at our festival on June 22, 2013 and look forward to sharing wines from our 30 wineries at their fundraiser!"

An Evening in Verona is The Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre’s third event at Oliver Art Center reinforcing a partnership which plans to bring dramatic arts education to Northern Michigan year round, “the only people who could be happier to work with Lakeside Shakespeare than all of us at Oliver Art Center are the kids and young adults attending their fun, frantic, fantastic theater workshops,” Steve Brown, Director of Oliver Art Center. In preparation for the fundraiser, there will be a special mask-making open studio at Oliver Art Center on May 15th from 4-6pm, for revelers 12-up, for complete details visit lakesideshakespeare.org.

In honor of the Bard’s birthday, tickets sales for An Evening in Verona will launch on April 23rd. Tickets for An Evening in Verona will be available online at http://www.lakesideshakespeare.org/, at Corner Drug, Charlie’s Natural Food Market, and the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort, as well as at Oryana Natural Food Market in Traverse City.

The mere mention of Shakespeare can either inspire or intimidate –which is why Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre has become such a beloved part of Northern Michigan—to know them is to love them. Come to Verona for an evening, and join in the community and revelry.

For more information on Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre, upcoming community events, and the 10th Season schedule, please see: http://www.lakesideshakespeare.org/