Letter from the Executive Director

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What a wonderful ride this has been and continues to be.  Way back in 2007 we staged our first production of As You Like It on the lawn by Leffler Chapel on Elizabethtown College’s campus.  This summer, 2018, we will re-stage this most romantic and beloved of Shakespeare’s comedies on the large outdoor stage at Binns Park in downtown Lancaster, PA.  As you can expect, there have been many changes and adventures since we began!

We added a middle school Shakespeare/acting camp, Camp Will, in 2008 which has grown into two sessions now.  And this year we are offering that experience to our high school students.  Our students come back to us year after year and grow to love and understand Shakespeare’s plays and language.  They rightfully pride themselves in their fluency with The Bard.

We recently presented our first winter production this February – The Merchant of Venice – at the beautiful Ware Center in downtown Lancaster, PA.  What a challenging play! What a marvelous cast and crew who were definitely up to the challenge and with extraordinary sensitivity gave our audiences the gift of this most uncomfortable of Shakespeare’s comedies.  We also presented our first ever school day performance to over 260 students from Lancaster county representing private, parochial and public schools.  What an exciting morning that culminated in a luncheon/discussion with the director, actors and about 150 students.  This was our first winter production but definitely not our last.  (Think Macbeth next February!)

Coming up next is our annual “Happy Birthday, Wm Shakespeare” friend- and fund-raiser party at Tellus 360, 24 E. King St., Lancaster on April 22, 2018.  We hope you can join us as we celebrate The Bard with live music by Trixie Greiner, food, pop-up Shakespeare from our company actors, lots of other surprises in store plus sword fighting!  And who doesn’t like sword play?!  You can find more information about this event on our website.

And after our magical production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream last June 2017, we are on to our summer 2018 outdoor Shakespeare performance of As You Like It, June 7-10, 14, 16-17 – once again in Binns Park.  It’s time to revisit this wonderful play and we hope you will join us in the heart of our beautiful city.  Bring your lawn chairs, bring the whole family.  Performances are free however producing plays is a bit expensive so your donations are very gratefully appreciated.  Shakespeare is for everyone!

Thank you so much for your continuing support.

Laura Korach Howell is an Equity actress, a roster artist with The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and a seasoned theatre teacher and director. She received her training at Circle-in-the-Square Theatre (NYC), The Actor’s Center (NYC) and Shakespeare & Co. (Lenox, MA). She has directed professionally and taught students of all ages for over thirty years.