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
- In 2003, Governor Jennifer Granholm designated the Michigan Shakespeare Festival as “The Official Shakespeare Festival of the State of Michigan.”
- The Festival features members of Actors Equity Association.
- Best of the Bard Winners - Encore Michigan Wilde Awards Five Years Running
- 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."
- 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…”
- 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!"
- 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
by William Shakespeare
by Anton Chekhov
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
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 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.
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The College operates a Flight Center at the Jackson County Airport. Campuses are also located in Lenawee and Hillsdale counties.
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