Venture Productions

Shakespeare on the Lake

Shakespeare on the Lake

A Night at the Lighthouse

Shakespeare on the Lake is a collaboration between Venture Productions and The Playground Academy to bring professional theatre to Chautauqua County!

2018 Summer Season: Romeo & Juliet and Twelfth Night!

  • Rehearsals begin June 18th.
  • Twelfth Night will open July 18th and Romeo & Juliet will open July 25th!

Tickets will be available for purchase through the SUNY Fredonia Ticket Office.  Click Here for Tickets.

*This is an outdoor event held under a G&E tent, nestled along the shores of Lake Erie. Shows will perform rain or shine.*



2017 Inaugural Performance!

A Midsummer Night's Dream is generally believed to have been written by Shakespeare in 1595 or 1596. Scholars place it chronologically after Romeo and Juliet, and it is one of the works belonging to Shakespeare's so-called "lyric period," where most of his plays contains stylized lyric poetry and love plots. Some scholars believe that Shakespeare may even have been poking fun at his own work, as the plot of the mechanicals' Pyramus and Thisbe echoes that of Romeo and Juliet in comic fashion.

The language used in Midsummer is unlike in any other of his other works, as rhymed couplets, mangled prose, childish verse structure, as well as some remarkably beautiful imagery, all mingle to create a light-hearted, magical effect. The play itself moves from the light of civilized day, to the moonlit mystical night of darker desires, and back again. The play's charm and playful spirit has made it one of Shakespeare's most popular works.

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A Few Words from the Cast

As an actress, I have never felt so free and so capable of expressing myself honestly to an audience. I cannot thank everyone involved enough for making this experience such a memorable one!  ~Genevieve Ellis, Helena

Everyone was so giving, supportive and kind.  I have never felt so comfortable around a cast.  They made me grow, laugh, cry and cherish my last summer of my college career. ~Michaela Tramuta, Hermia



To Our Sponsors, Thank You! 


Culligan Water Conditioning of Fredonia - David Briska - Dr. Russell J. DiPalma - DDS. - The Dunkirk Lighthouse - The Dunkirk Observer - Elaine Moore - The Fredonia Technology Incubator - G&E Tents - Monica Kemp - The Playground Academy - Pucci Carpet One Furniture - Rebecca Yanus - SUNY Fredonia Dept. of Theatre & Dance - TPS Supply Corp.  Veterans Park Museum - William M. Dorman & All our Anonymous Sponsors!