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Lakeside Shakespeare: The Show Goes On!

In Breaking, Culture Bluffs on July 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Tonight, July 29, at 7 pm, enjoy the rescheduled performance of The Comedy of Errors on Tank Hill. CoE was rained out on Friday the 26th. Rain also moved Sunday night’s performance of CoE from Tank Hill to the Oliver Art Center. Fortunately, everyone seems to have kept their sense of humor…  Here’s an edited press release from Lakeside Shakespeare…

July 29, 2013

Frankfort, Michigan

Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre proved that the show must go on, forced by rain to move their production of The Comedy of Errors to Oliver Art Center for a night. OAC executive director Steve Brown answered a 6 pm call on Sunday, July 28, from Amy Daniels Moehle, director of community development, asking if LST could move their rained-out show to the art center by 7 pm. Twenty-five actors and a crew of one dozen people moved within the hour and performed the play for a crowd of 50.

The Comedy of Errors, forced by rain from Tank Hill, found shelter, and its game audience, at the Oliver Art Center.

The Comedy of Errors, forced by rain from Tank Hill, found shelter, and its game audience, at the Oliver Art Center Sunday night.

“Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre says that their shows go on rain or shine, and so does their partnership with Oliver Art Center. Their organization runs on passion, creativity, volunteerism, and it exists because the community loves their shows. We do too,” said Brown. “When 50 theatergoers will sit in their cars hoping the skies clear up, and will then cross town in a rainstorm, you know a brilliant performance is on the line. The actors and crew really do create magic. We cherish our partnership and are so excited for their 10th season.”

The LST ensemble is a team of talent from Chicago committed to bringing the bard to Benzie County for the past ten years. This anniversary season has tested the stage crew—with more rain than in any other season. In fact, they ended up rescheduling a show for the first time in their ten year history, after the downpour of Friday the 26th.

As Clare Roche, the production stage manager at Lakeside Shakespeare and a member of the lighting and sound faculty at Loyola University Chicago, said, “It’s a unique challenge to move not one but two shows from Chicago to Northern Michigan, but to move a show staged outside into the Oliver Art Center requires a special kind of trust and a unique group of individuals. It happened, and happened seamlessly because of the focused attention of every actor, intern, musician, volunteer and audience member. Once the move is complete the actors have to put their trust in each others hands. It takes a special group of people to be able to take a risk and step in front of an audience with so many variables. But this group knows how to lean on each other and support each other in a truly beautiful way. Without each and every member of this organization, we could not have such a funny and moving product, no matter where we perform.”

Patrons were treated to a one-of-a-kind theatre experience at OAC. “We appreciate the creativity of the company and support of the community,” concluded director Scott Cummins.  And the show did go on.

Tonight, July 29, enjoy the rescheduled performance of The Comedy of Errors on Tank Hill.

If you’ve missed the shows there is plenty of time to catch Romeo and Juliet or The Comedy of Errors in their newly updated amphitheater on Tank Hill in Frankfort through August 2. Visit lakesideshakespeare.org for all the details.

Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre
Celebrating our 10th Season 
of Bringing Shakespeare to Northern MichiganRomeo and Juliet
July 25th, 27th, 30th, August 1st, 2013 at 7:00PM (Preview July 23, 7:00PM)The Comedy of Errors
July 26th, 28th, 31st & August 2nd, 2013 at 7:00PM (Preview July 24, 7:00PM)

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