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This season, all Door County’s a stage and there’s a perfect show for everyone. From Shakespeare to modern musicals, performed in venues under the stars or in time honored establishments, here’s what this season in Door County theater has to offer.
Tucked away under the Garden at Bjorklunden’s canopy of trees, stars, and strings of fairy lights, Door Shakespeare creates a magical space to experience Shakespeare and other beloved pieces of classical theater. Various pre-show programming, such as Will in the Woods, Shake It Up Saturdays, and Wine Nights, provide audiences with valuable opportunities to learn more about the production and to enjoy the almost ethereal atmosphere of the garden.
This summer, from June 19 to August 24, Door Shakespeare presents Henry V (opening June 19th), a Shakespearean history of military campaigns and personal betrayals, as well as The Merry Wives of Windsor (opening June 26th), a Shakespearean comedy full of misunderstandings, masquerades, and marriages.
“Come all ye bold people that live by the lakes,” entreats a line from the first production ever performed at Northern Sky Theater, “I sing the story of your forbearers.” Northern Sky Theater, located in the midst of beautiful Peninsula State Park, does indeed speak in a special way to audiences looking for the opportunity to witness the intersection of a uniquely Door County landscape with authentic and entertaining artistry.
This season, Northern Sky Theater will present three genuine, yet hilarious musicals from June 12 to August 24. Opening June 12th, We Like It Where? tells the story of a small town’s momentary secession from the state of Wisconsin. Back by popular demand, Dairy Heirs: The Family Farming Moo-sical (opening June 14) uses the backdrop of a family farm to explore themes of family and tradition. Finally, inspired by 19th century sailors of the Great Lakes (especially of Lake Michigan), Windjammers opens June 18th.
Located on a 16-acre property along the shores of Green Bay, the Peninsula Players are award-winning and now in their 84th season. As stated in their mission statement, the Peninsula Players are committed “to support, without reservation, the most exciting theater company possible.”
This season, featuring five diverse shows that will run from June 18 to October 20, is certainly exciting. The season includes the world premier of the comedy, A Trick of the Light (June 18- July 7), an adapted-for-stage Agatha Christie whodunit, A Murder is Announced (July 10 - July 28), a musical adaptation of a classic romance, Ghost the Musical (July 31 - August 18), a show by the celebrated Lauren Gunderson, Silent Sky ( August 21 - September 1) and a heartwarming, small town comedy, George Washington’s Teeth (September 4 - October 20).
Last, but certainly not to be overlooked, is the Third Avenue Playhouse, or TAP for short. TAP, located in Sturgeon Bay’s vintage Donna movie theater, provides the audience with an “up close and personal” interaction with professional theater. It is also committed to community education programs.
This season, TAP will run six shows from April 4 to October 20. Shows include, Shooting Star (April 4 - 20), a nostalgic romantic comedy, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey ( May 16 -June 9), a heartfelt mystery, The Dig (June 27 - July 20), a drama of personal loss, La La Lucille (July 25 - Sept 1), a revival of a 1919 musical, BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG ( September 4 - 7), a confessionary comedy, and Tomfoolery (September 12 - October 20), the life of satirist Tom Lehrer.
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