The Merchant of Venice
by William Shakespeare
directed by Christy Arington

A masterful blend of outrageous comedy and powerful drama, The Merchant of Venice exposes an intolerant, vengeful world and explores the quality of mercy in those demanding a pound of flesh. Incorporating live, Americana-inspired music, Christy Arington (director of LST’s The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth and All’s Well That Ends Well) directs the play which previews July 18 and runs July 20, 22, 25 and 27.

For a synopsis of the play, please click here.


by William Shakespeare
directed by Scott Cummins

Brimming with battles of both weapons and words, Coriolanus weaves an epic tale of capricious citizens clashing with their own heroic general in a struggle of duty, identity and loyalty. Led by director Scott Cummins (director of The Winter’s Tale, Cymbeline, Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet and 2011’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Coriolanus will preview on July 19 and will run July 21, 23, 26 and 28.

For a synopsis of the play, please click here.


2017 Performance Dates

All shows at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, July 18: The Merchant of Venice (preview)
Wednesday, July 19: Coriolanus (preview)
Thursday, July 20: The Merchant of Venice (opening)
Friday, July 21: Coriolanus (opening)
Saturday, July 22: The Merchant of Venice
Sunday, July 23: Coriolanus
Tuesday, July 25: The Merchant of Venice
Wednesday, July 26: Coriolanus
Thursday, July 27: The Merchant of Venice (closing)
Friday, July 28: Coriolanus (closing)

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 shows to Benzie County.

Performance Location

We perform at Tank Hill (188 Park Avenue) in Frankfort, MI. Access is off Park Ave, just West of M-22 (Crystal Drive).

Parking and Accessibility

Parking is available on the north side of Park Avenue, on M-22, and in the Saint Ann Church parking lot across M-22.

Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets, low chairs, picnics and appropriate outdoor clothing.  There is no trash pick-up in the park, so please take your empty bottles and other items with you at the end of the night.

Performances will take place in all weather, as long as it is deemed safe to do so and the audience remains.

Benzie Bus will provide shuttle service from the parking lot of St. Ann Church to the performance space at Tank Hill, roughly every 10 minutes between 6pm and 7pm.  Designated seating for patrons with disabilities will be available. Please contact us at lakesideshakespeare@gmail.comto set up special accommodations.


The Grow Benzie Food Truck is scheduled to be available for our patrons on July 25, 26 and 28.