The overwhelmingly positive response to our work last summer, which reached close to 300 audience members plus numerous other passersby, and which resulted in official recognition from the Chicago City Council, has led this little Shakespeare in the park adventure to begin to expand. Partially that means making plans for a new production in summer 2013 with an even bigger community reach than last year. In addition, it means beginning to lay more formal administrative groundwork for the company to grow.
So, we are embarking on the process of incorporating Midsommer Flight as a not-for-profit corporation. This will allow us to handle some of the administrative realities of producing theatre with more ease. It is also a big step for an endeavor that started last summer as a little passion project, but has been met with a huge show of support from the community.
A big part of incorporating the company means bringing together a Board of Directors. Producing Artistic Director Beth Wolf is joined by arts supporters Nick Dlouhy, Christopher Lentino, Sarah Snow, and Zack Whittington to form the founding Board of Directors of Midsommer Flight. Their support and enthusiasm for our mission to bring Shakespeare in the park to Chicago communities will be vital as Midsommer Flight begins to grow. Welcome Nick, Chris, Sarah and Zack to the Midsommer Flight family!
The process of incorporation and application for tax exempt status won’t happen overnight; it can take six months or longer. We will certainly post updates as we accomplish milestones along the way. Wish us luck!