Traveling Shakespeare show at Lake Kegonsa State Park July 22

George Lorimer and Caroline Norton confess their love in Summit Players Theatre's “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Wisconsin-based traveling theater company Summit Players Theatre is performing Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” in 23 different Wisconsin State Parks this summer, including Friday, July 22 at Lake Kegonsa State Park, 2405 Door Creek Road, with a workshop at 5:30 p.m. and a show at 7 p.m.

Each Much Ado About Nothing show will be 75 minutes long and completely free, in accordance with the company’s mission of creating Shakespeare anyone can afford, attend, and understand. Through a collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Summit Players are also able to introduce audiences around the state to their local parks.

The group’s educational workshop, “Inside Shakespeare's Story: Much Ado About Nothing” is new this year and offered before every show. It serves as a way for kids and “fun adults” to get comfortable with the play, Shakespeare’s language and the way nature plays into his works. Participants take part in Shakespeare games and exercises culminating in performing a short scene.

Summit Players Theatre’s 2022 season is supported in part by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board and Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.

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