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Learn more about the programming that Shake on the Lake has for your community, students, seniors, and correctional facilities


Shake on the Lake's creative team collaborates to create work that is fast, fun, and physical - each member is a professional in their field


Performing over twenty times a year, plan on catching Shake on the Lake this year at these upcoming performances


None of the work we do is possible with out the support of community members like you

Shake on the Lake started in 2012 with one show in one location and now tours to eight counties in Western New York. Founder and theatre artist Josh Rice believed that his hometown of Perry, New York deserved great theatre on Silver Lake. He convened a company with actors from throughout the country to perform in residency at the historic Silver Lake Institute.

Today that collaborative team is Shake on the Lake.

Presenting fast, fun, physical performances, Shake on the Lake has crafted an artistic style “In the Spirit of Shakespeare” – accessible classics that incorporate elements of live music, improvisation, physical theatre, stage combat, and puppetry.

Growing from one show and one venue, Shake on the Lake now has several seasons. The summer consists of a outdoor touring show of a Shakespeare classic and other guest artists and prototype shows – including the development of immersive theatre projects on farms. The winter season is a performances of a holiday classic at Theatre@37 in historic downtown Perry, New York.

In addition to performances, Shake on the Lake has educational programming for K-12 students (including a fall and spring school tour), adults, people who have dementia or Alzheimer’s, and for students in correctional facilities.

Shake on the Lake 2019 - 2020 Season

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Lear's Nightmare

Lear's Nightmare

Theatre on the Farm

What's happening in King Lear's mind? This original show will premiere as part of the Arts Council for Wyoming County's Our Farm, Our Families project.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Winter Season & Tour 2019

Enjoy Charles Dickens' classic Holiday Story with a cast of two in a historic downtown theatre. Now booking tour shows from November 1 to December 20 in 2019.

Expert's Guide to Shakespeare

Expert's Guide to Shakespeare

Spring School & Library 2020 Tour

Three experts bring Shakespeare's canon alive in the comedic Expert's Guide to Shakespeare. Bring Shake on the Lake to your school with customized programming or this school show. Booking February 1 to March 20.

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