2021 Shake on the Lake Season

Storefront Theatre Festival Perry, NY written on an awning logo

Storefront Theatre Festival

July 15 – 16

Perry, NY

Shake on the Lake and the New York State Puppet Festival are creating a site-specific theatre event happening in storefront windows in the arts-alley block of Main Street Perry! Six artists will create short 10-minute or less, site-specific original theatre pieces for storefront windows. Audiences outside will rotate in a circuit around the block to experience original puppetry, dance, and performance.

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

Serpent Pageant Puppet with people puppeteering it with a dog at the end holding up the tail.

Sea Serpent Puppet Parade

July 24

Silver Lake, NY

For the second year in a row, Shake on the Lake and the New York State Puppet Festival will collaborate with community members to create a large-scale pageant puppet of Silver Lake Sea Serpent that will be paraded around Silver Lake.

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

Thank you to the Wyoming Foundation and Sam and Cherie Gullo Foundation for funding this project.

Shakespeare's face with a serpent mustache

Shake on the Lake Presents…Songs & Sweet Airs

July 29, 6:30 p.m., Wadsworth Homestead, Geneseo, NY 

July 30, 6:30 p.m., Perry Public Beach, Perry, NY

July 31, 6:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., Perry Public Beach, Perry, NY

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

Get to know us...

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: