Wishing you all well!

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Dear Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre Supporters and Friends,

With so many summer festivals cancelling this year, we doubt that this announcement will be a surprise to any of you.

We come to you with heavy hearts. Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre must announce that we will be cancelling our 2020 summer productions of Julius Caesar and The Merry Wives of Windsor at Tank Hill.

The safety of our cast, production team, staff, our workshop attendees and you, our dear audience, are our highest priority. We concluded that we could not design, rehearse, build, teach and perform these productions while guaranteeing the safety of all our participants.

The LST administration has been frequently meeting over the last month in order to brainstorm and design digital programming and online workshops. Serving our community is one of our top priorities and we will be working diligently to do just that.

It is our hope and our plan to return in person to Benzie county in the summer of 2021. We have already begun our season planning process.

As always, your support is what keeps us moving forward and for 17 years, you have given us the support we have needed to continue our mission. We hope you will continue.

We will miss being with you this summer more than any of us can express but we will come back. We will come back with vision, education and determination. Please stay well and know that Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre is holding you in our hearts.

“I can no other answer make but thanks, And thanks, and ever thanks.”
– William Shakespeare

With great love,

~Christy Arington
Lakeside Shakespeare Artistic Director



Visit our Education Page for information regarding free, remote educational workshops.




All shows performed at 7pm at Tank Hill

Performances are free to the public and no tickets are necessary.  A nominal suggested donation of $15 per person helps offset production costs incurred by bringing these  professional productions to Benzie County.


Thank you!

Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre is made possible by your generous contributions, by a grant from The Robert and Patricia Colby Foundation, and by a corporate sponsorship from The Schindler Appleford Group.  



Yearly donations of the flowers that adorn our stage are courtesy of Eden Hill Greenhouse (2034 Eden Hill Road, Beulah: 231-882-7226).

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our mission over the past 15 seasons. We exist to perform solely in Benzie County, and we rely on your continued support of your very own theatre company.  If you are able to help keep this midsummer dream alive, please visit our donate page.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Very special thanks to Joel Buzzell & Saskia Van Wolferen, Max Buzzell, The Frankfort/Elberta Chamber of Commerce , Bill Kennis and Benzie Bus, all the good people of Stormcloud Brewing Company, Bayside Printing, The Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Amy Glass, Janet & Jeff Hessler, Andrew Laidlaw, Loyola University Chicago and April Browning, Elizabeth Shrake, Principal Matt Stapleton and Frankfort-Elberta High School, Michal C. Wadsworth, Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Jim Grabovski, Joshua Mills, Aubrey Anne Parker, The Benzie Current, Robert and Kerrie Kornexl, Owen Langlois, Charlotte Gruman, The Guitar Works, Ltd, (Evanston, IL), Jim Weber, Harold’s True Value Hardware (Evanston, IL), Patrick Block and the City of Frankfort.

For more information about what’s happening in Northern Michigan, please contact The Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce (231) 352-7251 or the Benzie County Visitors Bureau (231) 882-5801, or go to visitbenzie.com.

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