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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Flatwater FREE Shakespeare Frequently Asked Questions!



What Is Your Inclement Weather Policy?
It is our desire to complete every performance of The Tempest, 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 such "holds." We may also pause to take precautions to ensure the safety and health of the performers and crew.

If the forecast is for steady rain or if conditions at a park are too wet from previous rainfall, we will move the production indoors at a nearby facility. Flatwater Shakespeare staff will provide directions to the new venue.

If severe storms are likely or imminent, shows may be canceled beforehand. To find out if a show will be moved indoors or is canceled prior to showtime, please check our Facebook page. You can also call our Information Line at 402-319-2895.


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, thanks to the generous support of the Cooper Foundation. Donations will be happily accepted, but everyone is welcome regardless of whether or not you can make a contribution.


When Do Shows Start and How Long Do They Run?

Performances begin at 7:00 p.m. and run 75 minutes. There is no intermission.


Is the Show Family Friendly?

The Tempest is a magical experience for all ages -- it blends together wizardry, music, romance, suspense, and comedy. Our Shorter Shakespeare format allows younger audience members (and maybe some uncertain elders) to enjoy a complete play in a manageable time. The informal park setting is perfect for families to have a taste of the Bard's wonderful characters, exciting action, and brilliant language. Previous tour audiences have included everyone from babies to people in their 80s, people of highly diverse backgrounds, people with physical disabilities, and even some pets. 


You Mean Pets Are Allowed?

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?

All parks should be accessible for most 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 402-319-2895. We will do our best to accommodate you.


Are Restroom Facilities Available?

Yes! All locations have either restrooms or port-a-potties.


Do I Need to Bring My Own Chair or Blanket?

Audience members are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets. A limited number of folding chairs will be available at park locations.


May I Bring Food and Beverages? Will Concessions Be Available?

Audience members are welcome to bring in snacks, even a picnic supper, for you and your family. We ask that 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 parks.

Flatwater Shakespeare will have bottled water available for a $1 donation. FREE ICE CREAM will be available before each show! Ivanna Cone is again creating a new ice cream flavor exclusively for our tour.


Photo: Anna Hahn as Ariel in Flatwater Shakespeare's The Tempest, directed by Ryan Kathman.

Photo Credit: Michael Reinmiller. 

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