Ocala/Marion County’s Second Annual Shakespeare in the Park is a day-long event presented at Tuscawilla Park on the outdoor stage next to the Reilly Arts Center. This year’s event will include three main-stage performances of William Shakespeare’s A
Midsummer Midwinter Night’s Dream as well as several smaller performances throughout the day.
We will also be highly promoting the educational aspects of the event by presenting an education guide to the local schools for distribution, as well as the event itself that will both enhance knowledge of Shakespeare’s works as well as promote the event.
At our first annual event we experienced some severe rainfall throughout the day and even with the weather we were able to entice an estimated 2,000 people to join us for a day of the Bard. We are estimating between 3,500 and 5,000 community members at this year’s event and are planning a massive marketing campaign to ensure those numbers.
We understand and appreciate that cultural events such as this cannot happen with the support of arts-minded individuals, groups, businesses and corporations in our community. With your help, we can introduce The Arts to those in our community who may not otherwise have the opportunity.
Our current fundraising goal is $30,000. We hope to reach this through donations, grants and sponsorships and are actively pursuing all avenues. Should we pass this goal, we will use the funds to grow the event in the short term as well as ensure a cushion for next year’s event so we will be able to continue the tradition of free community arts engagement on an annual basis. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. All donations are tax deductible up to the allowable limits.
We are looking for up to forty vendors to make up our Olde Town Marketplace during our Shakespeare in the Park event. All applicants will receive a more detailed packet including all rules and regulations as well as more information on the event.
Fee Schedule In lieu of an up-front fee, SitP is asking its vendors and merchants to pay 10% of sales of up to $1,000 and 5% of sales of anything above that. This will ensure that those involved are able to recoup their costs and SitP will be able to have a smaller quantity of vendors and merchants with higher quality wares.
Festival Hours 12:00 pm -10:00 pm, with performances throughout the day. We are currently accepting applications for vendors in our Merchant/Vendor areas. Deadline is November 7th. Vendors will be notified by November 15th, 2017. Spaces are juried and limited.
About the Festival Shakespeare in the Park is a day-long arts festival designed to offer a glimpse of the Renaissance Period as well as to entertain and educate with live performances of Shakespeare’s works. The goal of the Renaissance portion of the festival is for visitors to experience a sixteenth century market with artisans, fine crafts, makers, entertainers, food and activity booths (i.e. face painters, kid’s crafts, carnival games). The event will feature two main-stage plays with two performances each.
We are looking for up to twenty Non-Profit Organizations to join our Shakespeare in the Park event to provide family-friendly activities, games and exhibits. Non-Profits will benefit through fundraising and community outreach. There are no up-front fees to participate in this event.
Festival Hours 12:00 pm -10:00 pm, with performances throughout the day. We are currently accepting applications for participation in our Non-Profit Carnival and Activity areas. Deadline is September 15th. Non-Profits will be notified by September 30th, 2016. Spaces are juried and limited.
About the Activities We are looking for non-profit organizations who would like to provide carnival type games, children’s activities, and exhibits. Other than games, these activities can include face painting, art projects, educational activities and more.