Shake on the Lake

Shake on the Lake  

Shake on the Lake is a live theatre festival located in Silver Lake, New York. Founded in 2012, as the first live outdoor theater festival in Wyoming County, the mission of the festival is to entertain, engage, and enrich those in the community by creating professional theater productions in a natural outdoor setting.

In 2014, the Shake on the Lake cast of Josh Rice, Katie Campbell, Courtney Bennett, Chad Bradford, Kelsie Craig, and Jordy Neill will perform "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on August 14, 15, and 16 at the Village of Perry Public Beach.

Shows will be every evening at 6:00pm, with a matinee performance on August 16th at 2:00pm. Cost of admission is $10. The performances will be held on Perry Public Beach, on a volunteer-built stage for the festival.

Shake on the Lake is in its third year as a professional summer Shakespeare festival. The first year the festival entertained hundreds by presenting The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). After the first successful season, Shake on the Lake is returned to the shores of Silver Lake to perform its first full-length Shakespearean production, the mistaken identity play, The Comedy of Errors. This summer, the players and festival are looking forward to making "A Midsummer Night's Dream" happen for audiences at Silver Lake.

The actors who form the Shake on the Lake cast met while participating in the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. Those returning include Mr. Bradford, who participated in Shake on the Lake last year as Hamlet in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and Ms. Campbell, who joined Mr. Rice in the festival’s fall fundraiser, An Improvised Christmas Carol.

Shake on the Lake was founded by Josh Rice, a theatre artist who grew up on the shores of Silver Lake. After graduating from Perry High School in 1999, he pursued a career in theatre including stints at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, the Arkansas Art Center Children’s Theatre, ImprovLittleRock, and is currently pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in Theatre at Sarah Lawrence College in NYC.

Most recently Josh was a featured performer at St. Ann’s Warehouse in NYC in Reptile Under the Flowers; directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre; and was an Assistant Director on The Object Lesson at Lincoln Center Theatre 3.

The Perry Main Street Association (PMSA) is pleased to be able to support Shake on the Lake by providing this online space for the festival. Shake on the Lake is an independent organization, that is not affiliated with PMSA.