2022 Shake on the Lake Season

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Shake on the Lake Presents…MXBETH

Touring July 22 to July 31
July 22 at 6:30 p.m.  – Hollwedel Memorial Library, Pavilion, NY

July 23 at 6:30 p.m.  – Morgan Manning House, Brockport, NY

July 24 at 3:00 p.m. – Linwood Gardens, Linwood, NY

July 27 at 6:30 p.m. – St. Joseph’s Church, Rochester, NY

July 28 at 6:30 p.m. –  Wadsworth Homestead, Geneseo, NY

July 29 at 6:30 p.m. –  Perry Public Beach, Silver Lake, NY

July 30 at 2:00 p.m. – Perry Public Beach, Silver Lake, NY

July 30 at 6.30 p.m. – Perry Public Beach, Silver Lake, NY

July 31 at 3:00 p.m. – Angelica Town Circle, Angelica NY

MxBeth by William Shakespeare
Adapted & Directed by Chad Bradford 
Set Design by Vinny Mraz
Costume Design by Sharon Combs 
Cast: Rick Blunt (American Shakespeare Center), Ashley Winkfield, Tre Whitley, Mykenzie Gordon (America’s Got Talent), Augustine Nguyen, and Vinny Mraz
Stage Manager: Emily Grierson 
Assistant Stage Manager: Sidney Kelly

Shake on the Lake returns to the newly renovated Perry Public Beach and beyond for a performance celebration that promises to be fast, fun, physical, and musical.

Social distancing and COVID-19 safety protocols will remain in place

New York State Puppet Festival

A puppet looks into a telescope with the New York State Puppet Festival on the top. Also includes June 23 through July 3 and www.newyorkstatepuppetfestival.com

New York State Puppet Festival Returns!

The second in-person New York State Puppet Festival returns live, and in-person June 23 to July 3, 2022 across multiple venues in Perry, NY! This international festival of contemporary and traditional puppetry takes place over ten days.

Visit newyorkstatepuppetfestival.com or get tickets on Eventbrite.

Get to Know Us

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Shake on the Lake started as a summer outdoor production and has grown into a regional touring company with programming all year long. 

Our season starts in April with educational programming at K-12 schools throughout Western New York. Our experienced teaching artists teach puppetry, improvisation, playwriting, and theatre arts. Often educational programming includes a final performances by students.

Shake on the Lake performances start in the summer with our Shakespeare Summer Tour. Each year we focus on one of Shakespeare’s classic plays to devise our own Shake on the Lake production. In 90 minutes or less, we present the Bard in accessible, but not watered-down form. These shows can travel and have traveled many miles – communities simply pay our rental fee, and we show up with the set, sound, crew, and actors to perform in your community. The show is designed for outdoor venues.

In the summer, we also host Voices UnCaged, a program developed by Chad Bradford to bring theatre arts to correctional facilities. With a curriculum focused on students developing their own creative voice, students go from script to show in less than a week and perform for an audience of their peers. 

Shake on the Lake is developing an exciting Theatre on Farms, an art and agritourism project, to follow our summer tour. Follow along as we develop our first immersive theatre pieces from classic Shakespeare plays like Macbeth and King Lear.

We end our season with a holiday classic at our home theatre, Theatre@37. Some years our holiday production is also tours, depending on the show. 

Shake on the Lake is also happy discuss customized programming for your community. If you are thinking of commissioning your own Shakespeare tour, please reach out to us and we’d be happy to talk about our devising and creative process to see if it works with your community. 

Learn more about our programming here: