Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Give summer Shakespeare getaway


The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is offering a great gift for the Shakespeare lover on your holiday list. You can purchase a one-, two-, or three-play package to the Michigan Shakespeare Festival in Jackson, Michigan next summer. Packages are available for the weekends of July 23, 24, and 25; July 30, 31, and August 1; and August 6, 7, and 8 when two Shakespeare plays: Romeo & Juliet and The Comedy of Errors, and Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy will be offered in repertory.

Packages are available for:
$99 for two tickets to one play and dinner for two at Daryl's Downtown (special menu, no alcohol included)
$250 for two tickets to two plays, dinner for two at Daryl's Downtown (special menu, no alcohol included), a Saturday overnight at The Claddagh including full breakfast Sunday morning, and a backstage tour and a private meeting with the new MSF artistic director (name not announced at this time).
$299 for two tickets to three plays, and all of the above. Taxes are included in all packages, but gratuities are not.

The brochure says: 
Michigan Shakespeare Festival features professional Shakespearean actors from across the country. Performances are held in the intimate Michael Baughman Theatre at the Potter Center at Jackson Community College. Bolt, Beranek and Newman, international experts in acoustics, designed the theater. Seats were raised to create better sight lines, the house was electronically tuned to ensure even sound quality throughout, and light and sound equipment was designed and build especially for the Baughman. Experience Shakespeare in a superb setting!
 Benefits include, according to the brochure:
  • Choose the package that works best for you.
  • Choose the dates and plays you prefer.
  • Pay less for tickts, lodging and means than you would on your own.
  • Take advantage of a flexible payment plan.
  • Forget about making reservations -- MSF will do everything for you.
Holiday packages will be tailored to the clients request and are not available through the Potter Center Box Office or online. Call the MSF at 517-998-3673 to order a package. The holiday package is available through December 31, 2009. MSF development consultant Kyle Anne Jansen said MSF hopes to offer similar packages in the future.

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