Mainstage: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

July 6-16, 2023

We are proud to kick off our inaugural season of the Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival with a spectacular production of William Shakespeare’s beloved comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Featuring a cast of local and professional actors, performers come together to tell this comedic love story filled with celebrations, manipulation, and a trickster fairy named Puck.

Tickets will go on sale for members on May 4. Public on-sale is May 11. 

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New Works: Improbable Fiction

July 29-30, 2023

Join us and see the world premiere performances of three original works!

Playwrights from around the region, the country, and even the world have been invited to submit new works in one of three categories: Young Voices (for playwrights ages 16-24), Diverse Perspectives (for BIPOC playwrights), and Shakes-pired (for pieces inspired by, derived from, or an homage to Shakespeare, his plays, and/or his characters).

Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival will produce the top ranked show in each category with a fully-staged production or staged reading. Following the performance join us for a reception and discussion with the writers and artistic team.

Merely Players - Young Performers Troupe

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Our troupe of young players cordially invite you to join them for a performance! This troupe of young performers and technicians will explore avenues of bringing Shakespeare-inspired art to the Chippewa Valley while also gaining valuable experience and professional mentorship.

In our premiere season, the Players will be tasked with three primary objectives:

  • Developing and touring an adaptation of Shakespeare for young audiences
  • Producing a “Late Night Shakes” series aimed at young adult audiences
  • Acting as ambassadors to our local community through preshow “opening act” and around-town scene performances

The troupe will be facilitated by an “artist-mentor,” who will work alongside the young performers and guide them in their self-directed summer experience. Check back soon for the performance schedule!

ECCT: Something Rotten

June 8-11, 2023

Welcome to the Renaissance and the outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce, Something Rotten. Two brothers set out to write the world’s first musical in this hilarious mash-up of sixteenth-century Shakespeare and twenty-first-century Broadway, brought to you by local community theatre, the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre.

CVTG Teen Shakespeare Workshop - The Tempest

August 3-4, 2023

The Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild proudly presents its 19th annual Shakespeare Workshop for Teens with a production of “The Tempest.” This educational program, open to all students in grades 9-12, trains students to interpret, design, and perform Shakespeare’s classic works.