Celebrating The Art of Shakespeare During Saugatuck Expo

If you enjoy renaissance fairs, live performances and Shakespearean drama, the fifth and final weekend of Saugatuck Expo, June 28-30, is the time to visit Saugatuck/Douglas. Bring friends and family for a weekend of fun in the Art Coast.

Featured Events:

Shakespeare in the Park – Saturday, June 29, Coghlin Park in Downtown Saugatuck

Shakespeare in the Park is more than a show, it’s a mini renaissance festival. Expect live music, food and alcoholic beverages for sale, kids crafts and more, all anchored around a two-hour performance of Romeo and Juliet by Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company.

Food, wine and beer will be available for purchase. Vendors include:
Doughrunts Donut Truck
Blue Star Meats
Palazzolo’s Artisan Dairy
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Fenn Valley Vineyards and Wine Cellar

Bring a blanket or a chair and find the perfect spot to enjoy this classic play performed by The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company in a beautiful setting along the harbor in downtown Saugatuck. Look for actors from the Michigan Renaissance Festival, roaming around the park and near their tent where they’ll have kids crafts and information about their events in August and September.

The entrance to Coghlin Park will open at 6 p.m., and Romeo and Juliet will begin at 7 p.m. The show and festival is free to attend and is family-friendly.

In addition to the main performance, you can see additional Shakespeare inspired performances by the The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company:

Shakespeare Mini-Performance: What Mighty Magic – Friday, June 28 – 8-9 p.m. – Saugatuck Women’s Club, Downtown Saugatuck

Many of Shakespeare’s plays contain magical characters who influence their plays’ events in strange and exciting ways. This program contains scenes from such plays as The TempestA Midsummer Night’s DreamMacbeth, and The Winter’s Tale, taking the audience on a magical tour of Shakespeare’s work. Narration by the actors gives context to the scenes, making an accessible and lively performance for all audiences. Join us for an evening of theatrical magic!

Shakespeare Mini-Performance: Shakespeare 101 – Saturday, June 29 – Noon – Saugatuck Women’s Club, Downtown Saugatuck

What was theatre like in Shakespeare’s time? How did the actors create performances without modern theatre technology? What were some of Shakespeare’s favorite plot devices? This program makes learning about Shakespeare fun, with performance of scenes from The TempestHenry VThe Merchant of VeniceAs You Like ItThe Comedy of ErrorsMacbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Audiences of all ages will love this introduction to Shakespeare’s plays.

Shakespeare Mini-Performance: Midsummer Madness – Sunday, June 30 – Noon – Saugatuck/Douglas History Center, Downtown Douglas

One of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is full of comedic confusions, mischievous fairies, and an amateur acting troupe whose lack of skill only makes them funnier. This program of scenes from the play follows four young Athenians who get lost in the woods. A mischievous fairy named Puck causes havoc when he puts a spell on the lovers, causing love rivalries to explode into an epic battle. Meanwhile, the Rude Mechanicals, a group of Athenian craftsmen, attempt to put on a play with hilarious results. Our actors will make sure you know all of the characters and can follow right along in this sampler of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy.

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