It is at this time of the year that we in Door County feel suddenly overwhelmed by the arts, both performing and visual. Granted: We are fortunate enough to live in the midst of many talented people who share their art with us every day of the year. But when late June rolls around Door County comes alive with what those folks have been creating and saving for us since last Fall!
The most obvious of these riches is the season opening of two of our professional theater companies: Peninsula Players and American Folklore Theatre. The “Players” opening show this year is the world premiere of a comedy entitled “Making God Laugh”. Although I’ve yet to see it I’ve been hearing rave reviews from many Inn guests and friends who have.
American Folklore Theatre’s stage in the woods of Peninsula Park is hosting 2 old friends and one newcomer. The troupe is reprising its venerated “Lumberjacks in Love” and its smash hit from the last two Fall seasons: “Guys and Does”. The brand new creation is “Bing! The Cherry Musical”. I can’t wait to take in a performance of this world premiere as staged by these professionally silly sentimentalists!
We are also just two weeks away from the opening of Door Shakespeare’s season. This year’s schedule rotates between performances of the Bard’s Twelfth Night and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. You owe it to yourself to experience one of Door Shakespeare’s productions in the forest setting of Lawrence University’s Bjorklunden estate outside of Baileys Harbor (you can walk or bike there from the Inn!).
I’ll talk more about Door County’s hyperactive Summer arts scene in future posts. Suffice it to say that, with the three professional theater companies plus all of the other acting, music, other performance and visual arts offerings, we truly have an embarrassment of riches here from June through October.
I hope to see you in the audience this Summer!