One of the basic tenets of the Midsommer Flight philosophy is to keep our shows free and accessible to everyone. That’s why our performances are presented free of charge, out in the open in public parks, where anyone can stop by and see Shakespeare’s amazing stories told by an excited and passionate troupe of actors.
With our first show last year, we witnessed firsthand the impact that this kind of work can have on the community. Kids hanging out in the park became interested and engaged in our work. As actors came to rehearsals in the park, neighborhood kids stopped them to ask questions about the show. Those same kids sat, rapt, watching us during rehearsals, and they came back to see the full play once we began performances. We reached an audience that truly reflected the community we were in. At the end of the summer, this impact was recognized by the Chicago City Council when they adopted a resolution to honor our “dedication to bringing the arts to underserved communities.”
If you agree with us that Shakespeare in the park should be free and accessible to all, then please consider making a contribution to support our work. Even on a shoestring, producing a play has financial considerations. There are costumes, props, marketing materials, and so many other costs that have to be covered to make the show happen.
To support our production of Romeo and Juliet this summer, please check out our fundraising campaign. A donation of any amount will help us reach our goal. In return, you’ll receive our public gratitude with your name listed on the Special Thanks section of this website.
You can be a part of our mission to keep Shakespeare in the park free and accessible to all. You can help make the show happen!