Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park’s story is an epic worthy of the Bard. In the midst of fires and floods, the company has continued to grow, and is today one of Oklahoma’s most treasured cultural assets.
As I look
back at the accomplishments Oklahoma
Shakespeare in the Park realized in 2012 and the challenges it overcame, I am
freshly impressed by this organization’s creativity, cohesiveness, pluck, and
practicality; and by the exceptional loyalty of its patrons.
wave of 2011 got us moving….in more ways than one and we adapted and not only
survived but thrived despite another summer of record breaking temperatures.
indoors for an ADDITIONAL summer offering, “Cymbeline” not only producing a show that is seldom done
but changing venues as well. The
result….full houses of enthusiastic Shakespeare patrons (including a woman who
flew in from Arizona to complete her own Shakespeare “bucket list”)
August off…for the first time in 28 years and moved our production of “Othello”
to September. The result…audience
attendance was high (and would have been higher but for 2 rain outs) and
patrons enjoyed a bit of hot chocolate with their Shakespeare.
Our subscriber tickets were purchased at an
all time high. We kicked off our 2012
summer season with a delightful new fundraising event “Shakespearience”. Our educational programs reached a greater
number of children in the course of the year than the year prior. We hosted our
first Secondary School Festival for students throughout Oklahoma and we helped coordinate
the Shakespeare Set Free workshop, which introduces English teachers to a
performance based approach to teaching Shakespeare in the classroom, presented
by the Folger Shakespeare Library. I was also honored to personally participate
as one of the scholars for the event.
these achievements signify? For me, they are proof that Oklahoma Shakespeare’s
uncommon blend of intelligent stewardship; passionate, inventive theater-making
and educational and community outreach; and collaborative spirit and process
continue to produce work that strikes significant chords with audiences and
fulfills multiple needs in our community.
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