Want all the insider scoop? Want to know all the ins and outs? Check out other pages in this section, because there is always a LOT going on at Shakesperience Fest- and we know you don't want to miss a thing.

But for all the details as to time and date, you've come to just the right page. 

After all, as Shakespeare would say:"Better three hours too soon than a minute too late"Merry Wives of Windsor, Act ii, Sc.2

 

HUZZAH! 

R U Shakesperienced?

 

The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents

Shakesperience Fest! 

2011 annual FREE Professional 

Shakespeare Theatre Festival

- in the heart of downtown Des Moines

on the Riverwalk and traveling to other great area stages -

 

 

ABOUT SHAKESPERIENCE FEST: OVERVIEW

 

R U Shakesperienced?  Already, thousands are!  Back by popular demand with multiple Shakesperean activities taking place through June and July, Shakesperience culminates in a European-style Theatre Festival on the gorgous Des Moines Riverwalk,  partially sponsored by Cityview.  

 

All are invited to bring your best bottle of wine and gourmet picnics to the “Best Night of Summer” at the Metro’s premiere festival of outdoor theatre-under-the-stars.  

 

Returning again this year to our stunning new waterside location in Simon Estes Amphitheatre along the downtown Riverwalk, for the past 7 years, Lorenzo Sandoval and Robin Heinemann have brought you the area’s finest Shakespeare- and now these lush, magical shows are absolutely FREE!  

 

Shows are not “yer Grandma’s Shakespeare” – theatre comes alive with professional actors and shows are rich with live music, sizzling choreography, and special effects.  

 

Ample easy, FREE parking, mosquito-free grounds and refreshing river breezes!  Wine concessions and wine tasting from Jasper Winery with a special selection of bottles hand-selected by The Wine Club.  

 

From floppy hats and frocks to seersucker and white bucks, elegant picnic attire or renaissance costumes are encouraged - - but certainly not required!  See more about our “Picnic With Panache” component (featured in Spring 2010 dsm Magazine! ) below, in our Festival highlights section – or in our FAQs. 

 

Waterside breezes and a twinkling skyline, top professional artists and special effects - Shakesperience Fest presents "All the Shakespeare you remember - told so freshly, you'll never forget!"

So -Would you like to swing on a star and carry moonbeams home in a jar?  Then don’t miss joining us in this “best of summer” tradition enjoyed all over the world! Our 2011 shows will be done in true Repertory:  The Regina Monlogues - The Royal Queens and Kings of Shakespeare AND Mark TWAINment Tonite!  Both shows feature live music.  Its all the Classics you remember… so freshly told, you will never forget! 

 

CURRENT FESTIVAL SCHEDULES

 

Current Fest schedules are posted on our Homepage this season (or see Media Packet for more detail) while this page is redesigned.

 

Or, you may also find a brief current festival schedule on our Mobile-friendly Buttons.

 

 

PAST FESTIVAL SCHEDULES

 

ABOUT FESTIVAL 2011 -

SHOWS, CONCERTS 

AND DETAILED SCHEDULE

 

For Immediate Release

Contact information:

Robin Heinemann

Executive Director

The Iowa Shakespeare Experience

RobinHeinemann.Pres@Gmail.com

515.274.8989

www.IowaShakespeare.org

 

 

Event: The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents 2011 annual FREE Professional Shakesperience Festival

 

 

Basic Event Description:  It’s the Best Night of Summer! R U Shakesperienced?  Thousands are – so this year, central Iowa’s premiere FREE outdoor theatre festival is expanding!  2011 brings a new “Classics-Along-the-Cityscape” Series to join our famous “Shakespeare-Under-the-Stars” series!  Following the tradition of the nation’s leading Shakespeare Festivals, we’ll now present classic works by non-Shakespearean authors as well as by the Bard!  Activities take place through June and July, and culminate on the last 2 weekends of July in a European-style Festival on the downtown Riverwalk partially sponsored by Cityview. 

 

At the Festival, bring a great bottle wine and gourmet picnics to our gorgeous waterside location in Simon Estes Amphitheatre where Producers Lorenzo Sandoval and Robin Heinemann bring you TWO lush, magical shows – each absolutely FREE!  This ain’t “yer Grandma’s Shakespeare” – shows come alive with professional actors,  live music, sizzling choreography, and special effects. 

 

Ample easy, FREE parking, mosquito-free grounds and refreshing river breezes!  Special concessionaires like Ames British Foods and Stam’s Gelato and a terrific Wine Garden plus terrific pre-show concerts and festival parties leave you swinging on a star!  From floppy hats and frocks to seersucker and white bucks, elegant picnic attire, candelabras or renaissance costumes are encouraged - - but certainly not required!  Don’t miss joining us in this “best of summer” tradition enjoyed all over the world! Our 2011 shows are “all the Classics you remember… so freshly told, you will never forget!”

 

 

PRE-FEST EVENTS PARTIAL LINE UP: 

JUNE:

 

Legends of the Iowa Shakespeare Stage: A “Sunday Afternoon with Friends” event from the Iowa Shakespeare Experience, featuring some of Iowa’s most legendary Shakespearean Actors appearing at various house parties throughout June or July.  Call 274 8989 for exact times and locations. 

Bard-in-the-Yard:Midsummer Day Dreams in the Garden”:  
Enjoy the Sonnets of Summer -and sip champagne- in the private garden established by one of the world’s leading Hosta growers. Date/location info provided by contacting 274 8989.

Strolling Shakespeare:  “Shakespeare is our Middle Name”: The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents strolling Street Theatre at various locations through town, including at various Farmers Markets and the Des Moines Arts Festival 

The Bill’s-on-Will: East Village Promotional events (spontaneous street theatre in the East Village throughout June, check website) 

Shakespeare-on-the-Aire Radio:  “Five Babes and a Bard”: To be scheduled with the Culture Buzz.

Bard-in-the-Books: FREE Shakesperience Library events for Youth, Families and Seniors: throughout the Metro.  June 29th, Downtown Metro Library, 6pm 

JULY:

 

More Pre-Festival Events:

  • Will-on-the-Wander:  FREE traveling “Shakespeare Shorts” shows in venues and parks throughout the Metro, to be announced

 

 

Cityview sponsors our

SHAKESPERIENCE FEST 2011!

BARD-ON-THE-BANKS at the MAINSTAGE

SHAKESPERIENCE FEST AT THE RIVERWALK and OTHER GREAT AREA STAGES!

 

THE 2011 PLAYS!

The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents Shakesperience Fest 2011 featuring TWO full length plays in true Repertory:

 

“Shakespeare-Under-The-Stars”: The Regina Monologues – the Royal Queens and Kings of Shakespeare: Macbeth’s witches conjure Queen Cleopatra and Queen Elizabeth right into our midst to share wit, wisdom and the War Between the Sexes in a fun-filled romantic comedy with mysterious twists and turns.  Featuring Hot Club of Des Moines!

 

“Classics-Along-The-Cityscape”:  Mark TWAINment Tonight!  Ever the ultra-cool Wit, America’s own Bard makes an appearance on our Riverside as you’ve never seen him before, with fresh twists on old favorites plus rare Twain romantic works - -stories for the intelligentsia and for families alike are portrayed by Twain plus his wife, daughters and a terrific musical entourage.  Featuring the music of Rob Lumbard!

 

2011 SHAKESPERIENCE FESTIVAL AND CONCERT LINE UP:   

 

Friday, JULY 22: Date Night at Shakesperience Fest! 

MAINSTAGE AT THE RIVERWALK in Simon Estes Amphitheater

  • 5:45 pm: FREE PARKING opens in adjacent city lots
  • 6:00 pm:  Grounds open for picnics and wine tasting, Homemade Gelato by Chocolaterie Stams and European/English delicacies by Ames British Foods.
  • 6:15 pm:  DATE NIGHT SPECIAL:  Private Picnic “romantic pasha” tents available for advance purchase through MidwesTix; Date Night door discount sales begin as available
  • 7:00 pm:  DATE NIGHT SPECIAL: VIP Cabaret Tables available for advance purchase through MidwesTix, Date Night door discount sales begin as available
  • 7:00 pm:  Picnic-with-Panache informal contest – come ready for The Best Night of Summer by bringing a picnic feast with all the accoutrements like Candelabras, fresh flowers, fine linens and crystal or dress in your best summer frocks or Renaissance Attire - -and in addition to having fun, you might win an automatic VIP seating upgrade!
  • 7:00 pm:  Pre-show Guest Artist concerts featuring romantic tunes sung by area “Kings of Croon” with special guests like Fred Gazzo!
  • 7:30 pm:  Drum in that ancient magic with the Social Groove Community Drummers!
  • 8:00 pm:  Mayor Frank Cownie Opens the Festival!  Welcome to all!
  • 8:15 pm: FREE THEATRE UNDER-THE-STARS: The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents: Classics-Along-the-Cityscape: Mark TWAINment Tonight!

 

Saturday JULY 23: Young Professionals Night and Art Market Fair at Shakesperience Fest!

MAINSTAGE AT THE RIVERWALK in Simon Estes Amphitheater

  • 5:45 pm: FREE PARKING opens in adjacent city lots
  • 6:00 pm:  Grounds open for picnics and wine tasting, Homemade Gelato by Chocolaterie
  • Stams and European/English delicacies by Ames British Foods.
  • 6:30 pm:  “Up and Comers” Art Fair and mini-Grey Market showcasing the works of a host of the Metro’s most exciting young artists and designers
  • 6:15 pm:  PRIVATE PARTY SPECIAL:  Private Picnic “romantic pasha” tents available for advance purchase through MidwesTix; door discount sales begin as available
  • 7:00 pm:  PRIVATE PARTY SPECIAL: VIP Cabaret Tables available for advance purchase through Midwest Tix, door discount sales begin as available
  • 7:00 pm: Pre-show Young Professional’s “PLAY OUTSIDE STAGE PARTY” with the cast, featuring music and select beers, wines and appetizers; $10 per person. Tickets available at the Stage Steps.  Includes complimentary VIP section seating during the show!
  • 7:00 pm:  Picnic-with-Panache informal contest – come ready for The Best Night of Summer by bringing a picnic feast with all the accoutrements like Candelabras, fresh flowers, fine linens and crystal or dress in your best summer frocks or Renaissance Attire and in addition to having fun, you might win an automatic VIP seating upgrade!
  • 7:00 pm:  SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST CONCERT PERFORMANCE: The Regina Melodies featuring Des Moines’ own Music Queen:  Tina Haase Findlay with special guests!
  • 8:15 pm: FREE THEATRE UNDER-THE-STARS: The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents: Shakespeare-Under-the-StarsThe Regina Monologues – the Royal Queens and Kings of Shakespeare!  With live music and dance.

 

 

Sunday JULY 24: VIP Night and Interactive Family Night at Shakesperience Fest, featuring Des Moines Civic Music and The Belin String Quartet!

MAINSTAGE AT THE RIVERWALK in Simon Estes Amphitheater

  • 5:30 pm: FREE PARKING opens in adjacent city lots
  • 5:30 pm:  Grounds open for picnics and wine tasting, Homemade Gelato by Chocolaterie Stams and European delicacies by Ames British Foods.
  • 7:00 pm:  “The King Doth Keep His Revels Here Tonight” TENTED VIP WINE PARTY hosted by some of the Metro’s most prominent community leaders (For Tickets, call515  274 8989.
  • 7:00 pm Picnic-with-Panache informal contest – come ready for The Best Night of Summer by bringing a picnic feast with all the accoutrements like Candelabras, fresh flowers, fine linens and crystal and/or dress in your best summer frocks or Renaissance Attire and in addition to having fun, you might win an automatic VIP seating upgrade!
  • 7:00 pm:  SPECIAL FAMILY NIGHT CONCERT LINE UP featuring the Social Groove Community Drummers with a special interactive performance by the Belin String Quartet; surprise guest appearances!
  • 8:00 pm:  Family Night Special Seating: Families with young children are encouraged to move forward into front area seating sections- see ushers for more information
  • 8:00 pm:  Mayor Frank Cownie and Dignitaries open Prairie Meadows Family Night!
  • 8:15 pm: FREE THEATRE UNDER-THE-STARS: The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents: Classics-Along-the-CityScape:  Mark TWAINment Tonight featuring the music of Rob Lumbard.
  • 10:30 pm:  FAMILY NIGHT BACK STAGE TOURS FOR YOUTH – meet the Festival Director at the Stage Steps and let the kids take the stage and backstage areas to explore sets, costume areas, and more!  Complete with an opportunity to meet the cast and get autographs.   

 

Monday JULY 25:  NEW! BONUS PERFORMANCE of The Regina Monologues

  •  (5:45 pm: FREE PARKING opens in adjacent city lots
  • 6:00 pm:  Grounds open for picnics
  • 7:00 pm:  Picnic-with-Panache informal contest – come ready for The Best Night of Summer by bringing a picnic feast with all the accoutrements like Candelabras, fresh flowers, fine linens and crystal or dress in your best summer frocks or Renaissance Attire and in addition to having fun, you might win an automatic VIP seating upgrade!
  • 8:15 pm: BONUS PERFORMANCE OF The Regina Monologues 

 

Friday JULY 29NEW!  TRAVELING SHOW!   Mark TWAINment Tonite

BRAVO AND PRAIRIE MEADOWS PRESENTS:

Will on the Wander:  A NEW festival amenity of shows which travel to various Bravo 28E Suburbs!

Presenting our Northern Suburbs Prairie Meadows Family Night show at:

The Ankeny Bandshell at Wagner Park, Ankeny, Iowa:  Come see Shakesperience Fest on the move!  You'll find our great production values (full lights and sound and costuming!) as it comes even closer to your home!  Still free!  Bring picnics and wine and have an amaing home town time!

Gates open at 7, Show begins at 8.

Sponsored by the City of Ankeny Parks Deparment;  contact Deb Dier for more information

Saturday JULY 30:  NEW!  TRAVELING SHOW!  Mark TWAINment Tonite!

BRAVO AND PRAIRIE MEADOWS PRESENTS:

Will on the Wander:  A NEW festival amenity of shows which travel to various Bravo 28 E cities!

Presenting a Southern Suburbs Prairie Meadows Family Night show as follows:

On the front porch and front lawn of the Historic Randleman House, Carlisle, Iowa.   Come see Shakesperience Fest on the move!  You'll find our great production values (full lights and sound and costuming) even closer to your home!  Still FREE!  Bring picnics and wine and have an amazing home tome time!

Gates open at 7, show begins at 8!

Sponsored by the Historic Randleman House and the City of Carlisle.  For Questions, contact the Historic Randleman House. 

 

Sunday JULY 31:  “Friends and Family” Night at the Mainstage on the Riverwalk!

  •  5:45 pm: FREE PARKING opens in adjacent city lots
  • 6:00 pm:  Grounds open for picnics and Jasper wine tasting, Homemade Gelato by Chocolaterie Stams
  • 6:15 pm:  “FRIENDS AND FAMILY” SPECIAL:  Private Picnic tents available for groups via advance purchase through MidwesTix; door discount sales begin as available
  • 7:00 pm:  “FRIENDS AND FAMILY” SPECIAL: VIP Cabaret Tables available for advance purchase through MidwesTix, door discount sales begin as available
  • 7:00 pm:  Picnic-with-Panache informal contest – come ready for The Best Night of Summer by bringing a picnic feast with all the accoutrements like Candelabras, fresh flowers, fine linens and crystal or dress in your best summer frocks or Renaissance Attire and in addition to having fun, you might win an automatic VIP seating upgrade!
  • 7:00 pm:  SPECIAL  “FRIENDS AND FAMILY” CONCERT PERFORMANCE: A special interactive version of The Regina Melodies Concert featuring Des Moines’ own Music Queen Tina Haase Findlay along with very special guests!
  • 8:15 pm: FREE THEATRE UNDER-THE-STARS The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents: Shakespeare-Under-the-StarsThe Regina Monologues – the Royal Queens and Kings of Shakespeare! With live music and dance.

 

August 1:  RAIN DATE PERFORMANCE AS APPLICABLE (all Shakesperience shows offer a terrific rain date location for picnicking indoors, downtown at the “Secret Castle” – website has more details!  But if any show is cancelled for rain, we may additionally have an extra outdoor performance in the Amphitheater on this date.) 

  • 5:45 pm: FREE PARKING opens in adjacent city lots
  • 6:00 pm:  Grounds open for picnics
  • 7:00 pm:  Picnic-with-Panache informal contest – come ready for The Best Night of Summer by bringing a picnic feast with all the accoutrements like Candelabras, fresh flowers, fine linens and crystal or dress in your best summer frocks or Renaissance Attire and in addition to having fun, you might win an automatic VIP seating upgrade!
  • 8:15 pm: RAIN DATE PERFORMANCE OF FREE THEATRE UNDER-THE-STARS (Show tbd.) 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RECAP OF SHAKESPERIENCE FEST 2010

Here is a partial look back at 2010 events

JUNE 2010:

JUNE 13: Legends of the Iowa Shakespeare Stage: A “Sunday Afternoon with Friends” event from the Iowa Shakespeare Experience, featuring some of Iowa’s most legendary Shakespearean Actors appearing in a special progressive event held in Des Moines’ most exclusive downtown penthousesJune 13 from 11:30- 2;00 pm; Ticket information: Robin at 274 8989.Event features a staged reading from the first newly authenticated Shakespeare play in 300 years: Double Falsehood.

June 26: Strolling Shakespeare:  “Shakespeare is our Middle Name”: The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents strolling Street Theatre at the Des Moines Arts Festival

Tba: The Bill’s-on-Will: East Village Promotional events (spontaneous street theatre in the East Village throughout June)

Tba: Shakespeare-on-the-Aire Radio Plays:  “Five Babes and a Bard”: Utopian Theatre as scheduled on DesMoinesRadioLive.

June 22 and other dates tba : Bard-in-the-Books: (with the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation and Metro Arts Alliance) FREE Shakesperience Library events for Youth, Families and Seniors: throughout the Metro.

  •  June 22 location:  Central Library, Downtown Des Moines, 6:30 pm

 

JULY 2010:

 

More Pre-Festival Events:

  • July 11 and tba: Will-on-the-Wander:  FREE traveling shows in venues and parks throughout the Metro  t b a, plus our world premiere performance:  Windsor Heights at Colby Park Performance Pavilion, featuring “Shakespeare Shorts!”, 6:30 pm on July 11 - FREE!
  • Tba: Murder and Mayhem on a Hot Summer Night:  The Iowa Shakespeare E Bard-in-the-Yard:Midsummer Day Dreams in the Garden”
    Enjoy the Sonnets of Summer -and sip champagne- in the private garden established by one of the world’s leading Hosta growers- $5 per person, Date/location info on website. 

 

July  26 Bard-in-the-Yard:Midsummer Day Dreams in the Garden”
Sip champagne n the private garden established by one of the world’s leading Hosta growers- $5 per person, 516 43rd Street (between Grand and Ingersoll), Des Moines.  Purchase tickets at the door!

Cityview sponsors:

BARD-ON-THE-BANKS

2010 MAINSTAGE FESTIVAL EVENTS

SHAKESPERIENCE FEST AT THE RIVERWALK:

 

The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Extravaganza

 

 

DAILY SHAKESPERIENCE FESTIAL LINE UP:

 

 

July 16: Date Night at Shakesperience Fest!

  •  5:45 pm: FREE PARKING opens in adjacent city lots
  •  6:00 pm:  Grounds open for picnics and Jasper wine tasting, Homemade Gelato by Chocolaterie Stams
  •  6:15 pm:  DATE NIGHT SPECIAL:  Private Picnic “romantic pasha” tents available for advance purchase through MidwesTix at our special introductory rate; door discount sales begin as available
  •  7;00 - 7:15 OPENING NIGHT CONCERT:  Summoning the Fairies!  A pre-show drumming concert by The Social Groover Community Drummers!  We believe!
  •  7:00 pm:  DATE NIGHT SPECIAL: VIP Cabaret Tables available for advance purchase through MidwesTix at our special introductory rate, door discount sales begin as available
  •  7:00 pm:  Picnic-with-Panache informal contest – come ready for The Best Night of Summer by bringing a picnic feast with all the accoutrements like Candelabras, fresh flowers, fine linens and crystal or dress in your best summer frocks or Renaissance Attire and in addition to having fun, you might win an automatic VIP seating upgrade! 
  •  7:00 pm:  The Director’s Circle Pre-show Talk with Lorenzo Sandoval, MFA featuring Iowa Author Cynthia Mercati, author of “Shakespeare and Me”
  •  7:30-8:00pm: Exclusive book signing in the plaza with Iowa Author Cynthia Mercatti and her recently published book “Shakespeare and Me”
  •  8:15 pm: FREE THEATRE UNDER-THE-STARS - The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents: William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream Extravaganza with live music and dance
  •  9:15 pm: Swing on a Star: Intermission Bites with the legendary Tina Haase Findlay and special guests Max Wellman and Fred Gazzo
  •  10:30 pm: Post-show Audience talk-back with the Cast, plus:  Sonnet Slam open poetry mic

 

July 17: Young Professionals Night and Art Market Fair at Shakesperience Fest!

  •  5:45 pm: FREE PARKING opens in adjacent city lots
  •  6:00 pm:  Grounds open for picnics and Jasper wine tasting, Homemade Gelato by Chocolaterie Stams
  •  6:30 pm:  “Up and Comers” Art Fair and mini-Grey Market featuring the Metro’s most exciting young artists and designers
  •  6:15 pm:  PRIVATE PARTY SPECIAL:  Private Picnic “romantic pasha” tents available for advance purchase through MidwesTix; door discount sales begin as available
  •  7:00 pm:  PRIVATE PARTY SPECIAL: VIP Cabaret Tables available for advance purchase through Midwest Tix, door discount sales begin as available
  •  7:00 pm: Pre- show Young Professional’s “PLAY OUTSIDE STAGE PARTY” with the cast, featuring music and select beers and wines; $10 per person includes 2 drink tickets AND great pizza from Lucca/Steve Logsdon!  Tickets available at the Stage Steps.  Comes with VIP section seating for all young professional party attendees!  
  •  7:00 pm:  Picnic-with-Panache informal contest – come ready for The Best Night of Summer by bringing a picnic feast with all the accoutrements like Candelabras, fresh flowers, fine linens and crystal or dress in your best summer frocks or Renaissance Attire and in addition to having fun, you might win an automatic VIP seating upgrade! 
  •  7:30 pm:  Special Guest Artist Max Wellman performs musical sets for Young Professional’s Night!
  •  8:15 pm: FREE THEATRE UNDER-THE-STARS The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents: William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream Extravaganza with live music and dance
  •  9:15 pm:  Carry Moonbeams Home in A Jar: Intermission Bites with the legendary Tina Haase Findlay  with special guests Max Wellman and Fred Gazzo

 

July 18: Mayor Frank Cownie presents: VIP Night at Shakesperience Fest, featuring Jazz-in-July: The Jim Oatts Big Band!

  •  5:30 pm: FREE PARKING opens in adjacent city lots
  •  5:30 pm:  Grounds open for picnics and Jasper wine tasting, Homemade Gelato by Chocolaterie Stams
  •  6:00 pm:  Special Metro Arts Alliance “JAZZ IN JULY” pre-show Big Band concert featuring The Jim Oatts Big Band
  •  7:00 pm:  “The King Doth Keep His Revels Here Tonight” VIP PARTY (see www.IowaShakespeare.org for tickets)
  •  7:00 pm:  Picnic-with-Panache informal contest – come ready for The Best Night of Summer by bringing a picnic feast with all the accoutrements like Candelabras, fresh flowers, fine linens and crystal and/or dress in your best summer frocks or Renaissance Attire and in addition to having fun, you might win an automatic VIP seating upgrade! 
  • 8:15 pm: FREE THEATRE UNDER-THE-STARS The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents: William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream Extravaganza with live music and dance
  • 9:15 pm:  Swing on a Star: Intermission Bites with the legendary. Tina Haase Findlay, featuring special guests Max Wellman and Fred Gazzo

 

July 19:  Friends and Family Night at Shakesperience Fest!

  • 5:45 pm: FREE PARKING opens in adjacent city lots
  • 6:00 pm:  Grounds open for picnics and Jasper wine tasting, Homemade Gelato by Chocolaterie Stams
  • 6:15 pm:  FRIENDS AND FAMILY NIGHT SPECIAL:  Private Picnic tents available for advance purchase through MidwesTix; door discount sales begin as available
  • 7:00 pm:  FRIENDS AND FAMILY NIGHT SPECIAL: VIP Cabaret Tables available for advance purchase through MidwesTix, door discount sales begin as available
  • 7:00 - 7:45 pm:  FAMILY NIGHT ACTIVITES featuring an exclusive appearance by Iowa Author Cynthia Mercati reading from her children’s books, featuring her nationally-published Shakespeare-based works
  • 7:00 - 7:30: THE BELIN STRING QUARTET: A FAMILY NIGHT CONCERT COLLABORATION: The ISE is delighted to announce that a new collaboration with Des Moines Civic Music allows us to feature on our big stage the extraordinary talent of the Belin String Quartet, one of the region's most lauded group of classical musicians. Tonight the Quartet will feature music found in a wide variety of Shakespearean and other theatrical productions, inclusive of a special youth-friendly component for kids of all ages.  Kids can come up to the stage area and immediately after the concert, can join author Cynthia Mercati for a special reading of her new book "Shakespeare and Me". 
    • Belin Concert is followed by The Social Groove Drummers- a 15 minute On- The-Stage dance concert where kids can come directly on stage to dance to the drums and to help "summon the Fairies"!
  • 7:00 pm:  Picnic-with-Panache informal contest – come ready for The Best Night of Summer by bringing a picnic feast with all the accoutrements like Candelabras, fresh flowers, fine linens and crystal or dress in your best summer frocks or Renaissance Attire and in addition to having fun, you might win an automatic VIP seating upgrade! 
  • 8:15 pm: FREE THEATRE UNDER-THE-STARS The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents: William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream Extravaganza with live music and dance
  • 9:15 pm: Carry Moonbeams Home in a Jar: Intermission Bites with the legendary Tina Haase Findlay featuring Friends and Family night Summer Sing-a-long.  Special Guests Max Wellman and Fred Gazzo

 

July 20:  RAIN DATE PERFORMANCE AS APPLICABLE (Each night of the Mainstage Festival, all Shakesperience shows offer a NIGHTLY rain date location for picnicking indoors on the Festival dates above.  Indoor shows will be held downtown at the fabulous “Secret Castle” – see weather pages for more details!  But if any show is cancelled for rain, we will additionally have an extra outdoor performance on this date.)  

  • 5:45 pm: FREE PARKING opens in adjacent city lots
  • 6:00 pm:  Grounds open for picnics
  • 7:00 pm:  Picnic-with-Panache informal contest – come ready for The Best Night of Summer by bringing a picnic feast with all the accoutrements like Candelabras, fresh flowers, fine linens and crystal or dress in your best summer frocks or Renaissance Attire and in addition to having fun, you might win an automatic VIP seating upgrade! 
  • 8:15 pm: RAIN DATE PERFORMANCE OF FREE THEATRE UNDER-THE-STARS PERFORMANCE as The Iowa Shakespeare Experience presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Extravaganza with live music and dance
  • 9:15 pm:  Would you like to Swing on a Star and Carry Moonbeams Home in a Jar: Intermission Bites with the legendary. Tina Haase Findlay

 

MORE ABOUT JAZZ-IN-JULY AT

SHAKSPERIENCE FEST:

Sunday, July 18 6:30 pm

 

In 2010, Shakesperience Fest is delighted to be a Major Site Host for one of the Metro’s most venerated concert series, Metro Arts Alliance’ annual “Jazz in July” celebration! 

We are thrilled to partner up with our fellow "Jazz in July" festival producers to present this terrific show- a show which completely compliments our 2010 Mainstage show with selections from the 17-piece Jim Oatts Big Band!

 

About The Jim Oatts Big Band:

With a background that includes stints with Chase, Machito, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band, trumpeter Jim Oatts could earn a living as a jazz musician in just about any city of his choice. We are fortunate he chose Des Moines.  His 17 piece Big Band will transport anyone to the era of “those dancin feet! – and our Midsummer Night’s Dream Extravaganza show will pick up right where Jim leaves off!  

 

MORE ABOUT THE BELIN STRING QUARTET  AT

SHAKSPERIENCE FEST:

Monday, July 19 7pm

The Belin Quartet is comprised of five alternating musicians from the Des Moines area, including violinists John Helmich, Julie Fox Henson, and Tracy Engman Finkelshteyn, violist Sherida Josephson, and cellist George Work.
 
The Belin Quartet was established in the year 2000 by a grant to the Civic Music Association by the Iowa Foundation for Education, Environment, and the Arts, a charitable foundation created by David Belin, a prominent civic leader. His vision that the whole community should have the opportunity to share the joys of classical music is realized through the Belin Quartet.
 
For more information about the Civic Music Association and the Belin Quartet, including the complete and often FREE concert schedule, please contact 515-280-4020, send email to info@civicmusic.org or visit the web site www.civicmusic.org

 

NIGHTLY AT THE FESTIVAL-

MORE ABOUT our Intermission Bites

special musical set: 

 

Don’t miss this dreamy, juicy, positively moonlit terrific slice of summer!  Nightly, Shakesperience audiences will be delighted by our incredible Would you like to Swing on a Star set, and its companion, our Carry Moonbeams Home in a Jar set- - -medleys sung by 3 crooners who together are themselves a force of moonlit nature:  the iconic Tina Haase Findlay with her special guests Max Wellman and Fred Gazzo.  (Just in case there might be a few out there who somehow don’t know who these ‘talk of the town’ singers are, you will find some of their tantalizing biographies at the bottom of this page!  

Because its true: yes, nightly during every intermission, we have arranged for audiences to be enthralled by the “moon-light-iest” Moonlight Medley there can possibly be!  We will celebrate the moonlit mysteries of midsummer with a medley featuring songs and verses from the following classic favorites.  

 

(And for a sneak preview- try reading the words of some of the songs for the moonlit poetry they are – even without our stellar crooners doing their thing!  Enjoy!)

 

“Carry Moonbeams Home in a Jar”

Medley includes: 

 

 

Moonlight and Roses: (Ben Black & Neil Moret)

 

Moonlight and roses, bring wonderful memories of you,
My heart reposes, in beautiful thoughts so true,
June light discloses, love's golden dreams sparkling a-new,
Moonlight and Roses, brings memories of you. 

 

I wished on the Moon: (Billie Holliday)

I wished on the moon
For something I never knew
Wished on the moon
For more than I ever knew
A sweeter rose, a softer sky
On April days that would not dance by
I begged on the stars
To throw me a beam or two
Wished on the stars
And asked for a dream or two
I looked for every loveliness
It all came true
I wished on the moon for you

Moonlight Becomes You: (Van Heusen, Burke)


Moonlight becomes you, it goes with your hair
You certainly know the right thing to wear
Moonlight becomes you, I'm thrilled at the sight
And I could get so romantic tonight

You're all dressed up to go dreaming
Now don't tell me I'm wrong
And what a night to go dreaming
Mind if I tag along?

If I say I love you
I want you to know
It's not just because there's moonlight
Although, moonlight becomes you so

You’re a Heavenly Thing (Benny Goodman)

I'd like to thank your daddy and your mother
For bringing up a child like you;
Although I know there'll never be another,
To make a dream come true,
Here's what they had to do!

They took the moonlight out of the sky,
And put the moon right into your eye,
Like a June night, you're a heavenly thing!

They took the fragrance out of the dew,
And sprinkled roses all over you,
Like a garden, you heavenly thing!

Moonglow (Irving Mills)

It must have been moonglow, way up in the blue
It must have been moonglow that led me straight to you
I still hear you sayin', "Dear one, hold me fast"
And I keep on prayin', "Oh Lord, please let this last"

We seemed to float right through the air
Heavenly songs seemed to come from everywhere

And now when there's moonglow, way up in the blue
I'll always remember, that moonglow gave me you

Stardust: (Hoagy Carmichael)

Sometimes I wonder why I spend
The lonely nights
Dreaming of a song.
The melody haunts my reverie
And I am once again with you.
When our love was new, and each kiss an inspiration.
But that was long ago, and now my consolation
Is in the stardust of a song. 

“Would you Like to Swing on a Star” set includes:

 

ISN’T IT ROMANTIC (Rogers, Hart, Lorenz)

 

I've never met you, yet never doubt, dear;

I can't forget you, I've thought you out, dear.

I know your profile and I know the way you kiss,

just the things I miss on a night like this.

If dreams are made of imagination

I'm not afraid of my own creation.

With all my heart, my heart is here for you to take.

Why should I quake? I'm not awake.

 

Isn't it romantic?

Music in the night, a dream that can be heard.

Isn't it romantic?

 

Moving shadows write the oldest magic word.

I hear the breezes playing in the trees above

while all the world is saying you were meant for love.

Isn't it romantic

merely to be young on such a night as this?

Isn't it romantic?

Every note that's sung is like a lover's kiss.

Sweet symbols in the moonlight,

do you mean that I will fall in love per chance?

Isn't it romance?

 

 

THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU (Nat King Cole)

 

the very thought of you
and i forget to do
those little ordinary things
that everyone ought to do.
i'm living in a kind of daydream,
i'm happy as a queen.
and foolish though it may seem, to me that's everything.
the mere idea of you.
the longing here for you.
you never know how slow
the moments go
till i'm near to you.

i see your face in every flower.
your eyes in stars above.
it's just the thought of you,
the very thought of you, my love
.

 

ABOUT OUR MUSICAL ARTISTS:

TINA HAASE FINDLAY:

Tina  Haase Findlay is not only the ISE Musical Director for 2010 (reprising her hit appearance in our 2009 inaugural season!) but Tina is also nothing short of a legendary central Iowa icon.  Headliner for simply ALL of the Metro’s major Festivals, she routinely holds record-size audiences at Jazz in July, Winefest and the Des Moines Arts Festival in the palm of her hand.  What more can we say about Tina- in addition to serving as our 2009 and 2010 Shakesperience Fest Musical Director, Tina simply, literally - --and unfailingly - -just brings down the House!

 

ABOUT OUR MUSICAL ARTISTS:

FRED GAZZO:

Born and schooled in central Iowa, this king of the big bands spent more than a decade enjoying top notch success in Las Vegas, crooning for big bands in such legendary venues as Bally’s.  But when he tired of Vegas life, Des Moines was where Fred Gazzo wanted to come home to- and come home he has.  One of THE most glorious voices around – bar none.  

 

ABOUT OUR MUSICAL ARTISTS:

MAX WELLMAN:

Max Wellman burst on the jazz scene in Des Moines with a 2006 album release and has since become well known indeed in area jazz circles. With a voice that evokes jazz legends, Wellman has become a mainstay on the live jazz scene as front man for assorted combos, including opening for Grammy nominee Vanessa Carlton at Nitefall on the River. Wellman has also headlined for Des Moines’ Jazz in July series, the Des Moines Art Festival, and many other big events.

 

MORE INSIDER FESTIVAL INFORMATION:

DON’T MISS OUR INAUGURAL FESTIVAL POSTER! There are only 150 copies of these beauties - and even fewer signed by the artist.  So when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Designed by nationally-collectible artist John Sayles whose work can be found in some of the nation’s best museums, and printed on quality art paper with an extremely high quality four color press, these gorgeous OVERSIZE posters let you take home memories of the Festival - -and let everyone know YOU were there from the beginning!  In addition to showcasing a glorious snapshot of the Festival, the scene incorporates an artist’s rendition of the state capital, the East Village and even the magnificent river.  So with this beaut of a poster, you will be celebrating the amazing richness of cultural life here in “the best kept secret” city!  Buy yours today- while they last!  Signed posters will especially go quickly!

ANNOUNCING 2010 FESTIVAL T-SHIRT ARTIST JAMES HAMILTON!

Already a leader in volunteering to help non-profits grow, Drake University student James Hamilton is also an emerging leader in the world of original artistic graphic design.  A whiz in multiple fields from database management to the world of law and a veteran of work in the banking industry as well as in the peace and justice movement, James has studied a variety of different languages (including American Sign Language) and 3D Computer Modeling before studying art history and Graphic Design at Drake.  He is currently at Drake to wrap up a degree in the latter, where he has consistently made the Dean’s list despite his many community activities.  The Iowa Shakespeare Experience is grateful to be a beneficiary of James’ multi-disciplinary skills, and thanks noted designer Connie Wilson for directing James our way!