Shakespeare Play Touring Wisconsin State Parks Includes A Stop In Superior
A traveling theatre company out of Wisconsin will travel to 23 Wisconsin State Parks this summer to perform a well known Shakespeare play.
Something fun and different is coming to several State Parks in Wisconsin this summer and I am absolutely pumped for it. The theatre company, Summit Players Theatre is a non profit organization that travels throughout the Dairy State and takes their love of Shakespeare on the road.
One cool thing about the company, is before every show they do a 45 minute workshop for kids and adults as well. All the words in their show do belong to the legendary William Shakespeare, however the theatre does a great job using less words to make the shows "full of mayhem, character switches and hilarity".
They picked the name Summit due to the word being rooted in the idea of "coming together". They are also the only company in the country to to do a production at multiple State Parks over the summer. They teamed up with Wisconsin State Parks system and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
The goal is to:
Use theatre as a learning medium and introduce children to a love of language, communicating, and constructive play, while providing adults with an enjoyable theatrical experience
The company even just posted their first TikTok:
They will be performing the classic, 'Much Ado About Nothing'. If you're unfamiliar of this particular story, the company will be performing a fast pace adaptation about "two couples find their romance interrupted by revenge plotting, mistaken identities and merry madness".
Some of their State Park stops will include the Richard Bong State Recreation Area on June 10th, the Yellowstone Lake State Park on June 17th, the Pattison State Park on July 9th, and 20 other stops along the way.
Times vary from performances starting at 2:30pm and some starting at 7:00pm. Of course all the workshops are held before hand. Pattison State Park happens to be located in Superior at 6294 WI-35. You can check out the full summer tour calendar here.
There was even a movie adaptation from 1993 that I was forced to watch in my honors English class. The film starred Keanu Reeves, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Kate Beckinsale, and more. Check out a trailer for that film below: