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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

FAQs for Flatwater FREE Shakespeare 2016

Flatwater FREE Shakespeare

Summer Tour 2016–The Taming of the Shrew

Got questions? We have answers.

What Is Your Inclement Weather Policy?
It is our desire to complete every performance, and we will make every effort to start, continue, and finish each show despite light rainfall or breezy conditions.

In the event of heavy rains or winds, however, we may delay the start of the show, or the completion of the show, in the hope that the weather will clear. Announcements will be made informing audience members of "holds." We may also pause to take precautions to ensure the safety and health of the performers and crew.

If severe storms are likely or imminent, shows may be canceled beforehand. To find out if a show is canceled prior to showtime, please check our Facebook page or call our Information Line at 402-473-2897. A recorded message will advise you accordingly.

Do I Need a Reservation?

No reservations are needed. However, audience members are strongly encouraged to arrive 30 minutes before the performance time in order to have good seats or places. This is particularly true if you plan on using a blanket at one of the park locations, as space is limited.

Is There a Cost to Attend?

No! Flatwater Shakespeare Company offers the summer touring production FREE of charge. A $10 donation is suggested, but everyone is welcome regardless of whether or not you can make a contribution.

Good Will donations in all amounts are greatly appreciated as we continue our tradition of producing Good Will Shakespeare productions.

How Long is the Show?

Performances begin at 7:00pm, including the Sunday performances. The show runs approximately 2 hours, including intermission.

Is the Show “Family Friendly?”

This summer our production, The Taming of the Shrew, is a bawdy, battle-of-the-sexes comedy based in Italian Commedia dell'Arte. The informal park setting is perfect for families to have a taste of the Bard’s wonderful characters, exciting action, and brilliant language. This production is not as "G –Rated" as many of our past performances have been, but should be appropriate for most families. Previous audiences have included everyone from babies to people in their 80s, people of wide-ranging cultural and ethnic backgrounds, people with physical disabilities, and even some pets. 

You Mean Pets Are Allowed?

Except for performances at The Swan at Wyuka Stables and the Lincoln Community Foundation Garden, furry family members are welcome to attend a performance with you! We request that dogs be kept on a leash. Pet owners must clean up after their dogs.

Are the Locations Accessible?

The performances held at The Swan at Wyuka Stables and the Lincoln Community Foundation are handicapped accessible. The park locations should be accessible for several mobility considerations; however, there may be uneven ground in some areas and limited parking options.

If you have a specific need, please contact Flatwater Shakespeare Company at 402-473-2897. We will do our best to accommodate you.

Are Restrooms Available?

Yes! The Swan at Wyuka Stables and many park locations have restroom facilities. Other locations will have port-a-potties.

Do I Need to Bring My Own Chair or Blanket?

Chairs are provided at the performances held at The Swan (June 10-12) and the Lincoln Community Foundation Garden (June 30). Audience members are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets for the performances at the park locations, First Plymouth Church, and James Arthur Vineyards.

May I Bring Food and Beverages?

Yes! Audience members are welcome to bring in snacks, even a picnic supper, for you and your family. We merely ask that all trash items are disposed of after the show so that we leave the performance locations in good condition.

Please note that alcoholic beverages cannot be brought to any of the public locations. For the performances at The Swan at Wyuka Stables, Flatwater Shakespeare will be selling limited concessions, including non-alcoholic beverages. At the performance at James Arthur Vineyards on July 3, wine will be available for purchase, as well as soft drinks and water. Information about pre-ordering food baskets for the JAV performance will be posted at – or you can call 402-783-5255.

Will Other Concessions Be Available?

Yes, depending on location. Limited concessions are available at The Swan. At the park locations, Flatwater Shakespeare has bottled water available for a $1 donation. But at all locations: FREE ICE CREAM! Ivanna Cone is again creating a new ice cream flavor exclusively for our summer touring production. 


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