The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company

The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company seeks to explore the original theatrical practices of the acting companies of Shakespeare's time; to provide high quality productions of works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries to regional theatre audiences; to provide local actors, directors, and stage managers the opportunity to work with these wonderful scripts and to receive training in an original practice approach to Shakespeare's plays; and to maintain an organizational philosophy in which theatre practitioners participate in the administration of the company on a regular basis.
Sep 11, 2013

Performances Shaping Up for 2014 Festival

The organizing committee for the 2014 Lake Effect Fringe Festival has been meeting all summer, getting things ready for the 2014 festival, which will take place from January 30-March 2 of 2014.  We are expanding the festival to 5 weekends this year, and already have many exciting performances in store for audiences.

Stark Turn Players will again present their 10-minute plays competition, with categories for student and professional playwrights.  Their performance dates will include performances of many of the best script submissions.  GEM Theatrics will present My Dearest Friend, an original piece based on the letters of John and Abigail Adams.  The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company will present Tis Pity She's a Whore, a play by John Ford, an English playwright from the early 1600s who was a contemporary of Shakespeare.  The Southside Theatre Company will also present an exciting production.

We are currently taking applications from other regional theatre groups to round out the performance line-up for the festival.  Thank you all again for your support of this exciting project!

May 29, 2013

Plans for Next Year's Festival are Underway!

After the outstanding audience response to this past February's first annual Lake Effect Fringe Festival, we have begun plans for the 2014 festival.  Any donations that you make to this project will go towards the ongoing planning and execution of another festival for 2014.  We will again highlight the outstanding variety of local theatre in the West Michigan area, expanding our programming to 5 weekends of performances, all to take place at the Dog Story Theater in Grand Rapids.

Selections for the 2014 festival will include another 10-Minute Playwrighting Contest produced by the Stark Turn Players, as well as theatrical performances from improv comedy to classical drama.  We will strive to engage new theatre groups as well as those who participated last year, and we hope to reach an even greater number of audiences. 

Thanks again to those who have contributed to this project, and we will keep you updated on the performance schedule for 2014 as further information becomes available!

Feb 25, 2013

First Annual Lake Effect Fringe Festival

The Lake Effect Fringe Festival has taken over Grand Rapids' Dog Story Theater for the month of February.  8 different West Michigan-based performance groups have entertained audiences with shows ranging from improv comedy, to brand new plays by local playwrights, to Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde.  Performances have been selling out regularly, and the audience response has been wonderful.  The groups participating in the festival are Cangue League, GEM Theatrics, the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival, No Outlet Improv, the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, Southside Theater Company, Stark Turn Players, and University Wits.

We are really greatful for your support of this project.  Plans are shaping up for next year's festival, and any further donations we receive will go towards those plans.  Your contributions have helped to provide a performance space for the festival, to hire a festival stage manager, and to promote these theatre groups' outstanding work.  We hope that we can continue with this project that provides our local audiences with outstanding, professional quality theater.  The LEFF has also led to new collaboration between West Michigan theatre groups, as we join together to promote each other's work.

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