Outdoor performance of ‘Macbeth’
The Summit Players Theatre will present Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at Hartman Creek State Park.
The outdoor performance will be free and preceded by a 45-minute educational workshop at 1 p.m.
Summit Players will perform in 22 Wisconsin state parks this summer.
“We’re bringing something a little different to the parks for our eighth tour,” said Executive Director A.J. Magoon, a founding member of the organization. “Rest assured – our Macbeth will be spooky, but not scary. We’re committed to making all of our plays accessible and enjoyable for everyone in the family. Get ready for plenty of action and fun alongside the drama.”
The show will be 75 minutes long. The company’s mission is to present Shakespeare so that anyone can afford, attend and understand his plays.
The group’s educational workshop, “Inside Shakespeare’s Story: Macbeth” is new this year. The workshop may help children and parents alleviate concerns about the play’s more serious or tragic aspects. It serves as a way for audiences to become more comfortable with the play, Shakespeare’s language and the way nature played into his works.
Workshop participants take part in Shakespeare games and exercises culminating in performing a short scene.
“The workshop is a great way to learn about the play and how plays like this can still be exciting and interesting, even if they’re more serious,” said Caroline Norton, education director and six-year alumna of the company’s tours. “Plus, the workshop content changes and the play changes, which means that people who have seen our shows for years will enjoy everything just as much as people who have never seen us before.”
Summit Players Theatre’s 2023 season is supported in part by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board and Wisconsin Humanities, with funds from the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.