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Michigan Shakespeare Festival

Michigan Shakespeare Festival

July 6th -July 23rd Jackson, MI

Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

Julius Ceasar by William Shakespeare

The Seagull by Anton Chekhov

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is the premier regional event for those who revel in the elaborate language and bawdy humor of the Great Bard. This festival brings high-quality theatrical productions to Jackson, Michigan every year, drawing respected actors and theater patrons from across the nation to the Baughman Theater in the George E. Potter Center on the campus of Jackson College.

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7 Fun Facts about the Michigan Shakespeare Festival

  1. In 2003, Governor Jennifer Granholm designated the Michigan Shakespeare Festival as “The Official Shakespeare Festival of the State of Michigan.”
  2. The Festival features members of Actors Equity Association. 
  3. Best of the Bard Winners - Encore Michigan Wilde Awards Five Years Running
  4. In 2012, Oscar, Tony, and multiple Olivier award-winning actress Dame Judi Dench gave her support to the Michigan Shakespeare Festival mission, saying, ​
    "I’m delighted to help spread the word any way I can,” said Dame Judi Dench, “Especially now, when arts institutions are facing so much peril."
  5. In 2013, award-winning actor Stacy Keach championed the festival,​
    “…The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is smart enough to know it’s not about them, but about the community that comes together…”
  6. In 2014, Olivia Hussey Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo & Juliet said,​
    "To be a working actor is a privilege - to be able to do Shakespeare is an honor! Congratulations on your twentieth anniversary!!  Keep up the great work!"
  7. The Michigan Shakespeare Festival began in 1995 as a Shakespeare in the Park at Ella Sharp Park.

For more information about the upcoming season visit MichiganShakespeareFestival.com

Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare
 

Julius Ceasar

by William Shakespeare

The Seagull

by Anton Chekhov

Don't miss a single performance stay the night at one of Jackson's premier hotels and see all 3 shows.

· Jul ·
8

Julius Ceasar at the Potter Center

Julius Ceasar is a Tragedy written by William Shakespeare.  Plot: The play centers not on Ceasar, but on Brutus... » Event Details

· Dec ·
15

Julius Ceasar at the Potter Center

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents Julius Ceasar, a Tragedy written by William Shakespeare. Plot: The play centers not... » Event Details

· Jul ·
9

Julius Ceasar at the Potter Center

Community Night at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents Julius Ceasar, a Tragedy written by William Shakespeare. Plot: The... » Event Details

· Aug ·
12

Julius Ceasar at the Village Theater

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents Julius Ceasar, a Tragedy written by William Shakespeare.  Plot: The play centers not... » Event Details

· Aug ·
6

Julius Ceasar at the Village Theater

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents Julius Ceasar, a Tragedy written by William Shakespeare.  Plot: The play centers not... » Event Details

· Jul ·
29

Julius Ceasar at the Village Theater

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents Julius Ceasar, a Tragedy written by William Shakespeare.  Plot: The play centers not on... » Event Details

· Aug ·
3

Julius Ceasar at the Village Theater

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents Julius Ceasar, a Tragedy written by William Shakespeare.  Plot: The play centers not... » Event Details

· Aug ·
4

Julius Ceasar at the Village Theater

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents Julius Ceasar, a Tragedy written by William Shakespeare.  Plot: The play centers not... » Event Details

· Jul ·
7

Taming of the Shrew at the Potter Center

Community Night at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents Taming of the Shrew, a comedy by William Shakespeare. Plot:... » Event Details

· Jul ·
6

Taming of the Shrew at the Potter Center

Community Night at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents Taming of the Shrew, a comedy by William Shakespeare. Plot: A... » Event Details

· Jul ·
8

Taming of the Shrew at the Potter Center

The Grand Opening Party at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents Taming of the Shrew, a comedy by William... » Event Details

· Jul ·
22

Taming of the Shrew at the Potter Center

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents Taming of the Shrew, a comedy by William Shakespeare. Plot: A headstrong woman... » Event Details

· Jul ·
15

Taming of the Shrew at the Potter Center

Community Night at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents Taming of the Shrew, a comedy by William Shakespeare. Plot:... » Event Details

· Jul ·
23

Taming of the Shrew at the Potter Center

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents Taming of the Shrew, a comedy by William Shakespeare. Plot: A headstrong woman... » Event Details

· Aug ·
10

Taming of the Shrew at the Village Theater

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare. Plot: A headstrong woman is... » Event Details

· Aug ·
11

Taming of the Shrew at the Village Theater

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare. Plot: A headstrong woman is... » Event Details

· Jul ·
30

Taming of the Shrew at the Village Theater

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare. Plot: A headstrong woman is... » Event Details

· Jul ·
28

Taming of the Shrew at the Village Theater

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare. Plot: A headstrong woman is... » Event Details

· Aug ·
5

Taming of the Shrew at the Village Theater

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare. Plot: A headstrong woman is... » Event Details

· Jul ·
14

The Seagull at the Potter Center

Community Night at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents The Seagull, a comedy written by Anton Chekhov, a Russian... » Event Details

· Jul ·
13

The Seagull at the Potter Center

Community Night at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents The Seagull, a comedy written by Anton Chekhov, a Russian dramatist.... » Event Details

· Jul ·
22

The Seagull at the Potter Center

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents The Seagull, a comedy written by Anton Chekhov, a Russian dramatist.  Plot:... » Event Details

· Jul ·
20

The Seagull at the Potter Center

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents The Seagull, a comedy written by Anton Chekhov, a Russian dramatist.  Plot:... » Event Details

· Jul ·
16

The Seagull at the Potter Center

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents The Seagull, a comedy written by Anton Chekhov, a Russian dramatist.  Plot:... » Event Details

· Aug ·
13

The Seagull at the Village Theater

The Seagull is a comedy written by Anton Chekhov, a Russian dramatist.  Plot: This play follows the romantic... » Event Details

· Jul ·
29

The Seagull at the Village Theater

The Seagull is a comedy written by Anton Chekhov, a Russian dramatist.  Plot: This play follows the romantic... » Event Details

· Aug ·
5

The Seagull at the Village Theater

The Seagull is a comedy written by Anton Chekhov, a Russian dramatist.  Plot: This play follows the romantic... » Event Details

Potter Center at Jackson College

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2111 Emmons Rd.
Jackson, MI 49201

Potter Center at Jackson College More than 150 cultural events are showcased annually in the Potter Center, including Broadway productions, national and international touring shows, local community groups, in-school productions and visiting performers. The Potter Center... » More Information

Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Alcohol Permitted
  • Bartending Services Available On-Site
  • WiFi Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 1549
  • Potter Center at Jackson College

More than 150 cultural events are showcased annually in the Potter Center, including Broadway productions, national and international touring shows, local community groups, in-school productions and visiting performers. The Potter Center houses three theaters: Ruth M. Day Theatre, Michael Baughman Theater and the Harold V. Sheffer Music Hall. The campus complex has enjoyed national attention after more than 30 years of welcoming familiar stars and outstanding productions to the campus. A great public outdoor sculpture, Victory Reconstructed, can be seen from the top floors of the building.

The Hugh Federer Rooms

The Federer Rooms are a complex of seminar & meeting rooms that are centrally located on the first floor of Potter Center. These rooms provide ideal facilities for the accommodation of meetings, seminars, luncheons, films, etc. Food arrangements are made through Continental Services Catering at 517.783.1521. For more information on the Federer Rooms, please contact the Cultural Affairs Office at 517.796.8473.

Michael Baughman Theatre

The Baughman Theatre seats a total of 403 persons, including 10 wheelchair spaces.

Harold Sheffer Music Hall

This spacious grand concert hall/theatre seats 1,549 patrons, including 20 wheelchair patrons.

Ruth Day Theatre

The Ruth M. Day Theatre is a multiple form, experimental theatre. By incorporating fixed seating on eight movable units, the theatre can be fashioned into four standard staging configurations: Arena, Thrust, Center Aisle and Proscenium. The seating capacity of Day Theatre varies but generally seats 104 to 184 persons.

Robert Snyder Dining Room

Located on the first floor of Potter Center is the Robert Snyder Dining Room which can comfortably accommodate 200-250 person. Recently renovated, this is an excellent facility for wedding receptions, banquets and other special events. Food service arrangements are made through the catering service on campus, Continental Services. They offer a complete line of menus ranging from hors d'oeuvre receptions to buffets to sit-down dinners. Managers may be reached at 517.783.1521 or by e-mail at JCC_FoodServices@jccmi.edu. Reservations can be made up to a year in advance. For more information on the Dining Room, please contact the Cultural Affairs Office at 517.796.8473.

Victory Reconstructed, by Richard Hunt, Corten Steel, 1995

Victory Reconstructed, much like Summer Night Tree, is an abstract and non-representational sculpture. Hunt's work is in many important public and private collections across the United States and it has even been included in a temporary exhibition on the lawn of the White House in Washington. Like many of Hunt’s statuary, Victory Reconstruction is based on figures of the ancient Greek goddess of victory, Nike. The sculpture fits nicely into its setting and people are able to see it from several different levels, from the ground as well as from the top floors of the Potter Center.

Jackson College

Jackson College is located on 500 acres in rural Jackson County, six miles south of the city. Originally established as Jackson Junior College in 1928, Jackson College offers several associate degrees, certificates, concentrations and skill sets, along with transfer and career training programs.

NASA astronaut James McDivitt once attended the school when it was still Jackson Junior College. James McDivitt Hall, which houses the Science, Mathematics & Engineering departments, is named after him. There is a small display in this building devoted to McDivitt, as well as Jackson native and fellow NASA Astronaut, Alfred Worden.

Jackson College Jets Sports

JC's Jets are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA). The Jets play at the Victor Cuiss Fieldhouse on Central Campus. All home games are $5, free to JC students with IDs.


Photo Credit Dale Fisher

MEN'S SPORTS
• Baseball
• Basketball
• Cross Country
• Golf
• Soccer

WOMEN'S SPORTS
• Basketball
• Cross Country
• Golf
• Soccer
• Softball
• Volleyball

The College operates a Flight Center at the Jackson County Airport. Campuses are also located in Lenawee and Hillsdale counties.

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