Fundraising underway for Missouri Shakespeare Festival

A crowdfunding effort for this summer’s Missouri Shakespeare Festival is now underway.

The festival – to be held June 19-24 – will feature two productions: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).” The productions will be offered on alternating nights; tickets are $10.

Funds are being raised to cover the costs of production, as well as provide a stipend, food allowance and assistance with travel and lodging for guest performers.

Giving levels are:

$25 – Groundlings: Acknowledgement in the program

$50 – Nobles: Acknowledgement in the program, MOShakes T-shirt

$250 – Lords and Ladies: Acknowledgement in the program, MOShakes T-shirt, 2 complimentary tickets, invitation to the Opening Night Reception

$500 – Their Majesties: Acknowledgement in the program, MOShakes T-shirt, 4 complimentary tickets, invitation to the Opening Night Reception

For giving information, visit http://lionspaw.mssu.edu/site/TR/Events/General?px=1001381&pg=personal&fr_id=1060

In addition, “That Shakespeare Thing!” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, in BSC’s Connor Ballroom.

The evening will feature dessert, wine and familiar faces trying their hands at performing the Bard’s works. Admission is $25, and there will be a silent auction featuring Shakespeare-inspired pieces by local artists.

To make a pledge toward performers or for more information, visit www.mssu.edu/moshakes.