Shakespeare in the Park was for the second year in a row a tremendous success for Chicago Street Theatre and The Valparaiso Parks and Recreation Department. The weather was perfect on July 12 and 13 as Valparaiso's Central Park Plaza and The Porter Regional Amphitheater welcomed over 2,000 audience members to the wacky town of Ephesus to view Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors under the stars.
The event, coordinated by CST's Director of Development, Kelly Hite, featured delicious food from Bon Femme, Don Quijote, El Salto, Industrial Revolution, Kernels & Kones, Martinis, Nana Clare's Kitchen, Pikk's Tavern, and Valpo Velvet. This year's festivities also included more for kids to do while waiting for the show with activities conducted by Perpetual Motion, Face Painting, and bounce houses from Bounce 'N' Around.
The Summer Shakespeare Workshop provided entertainment for the crowd and interacted with guests during the earlier portion of the evening. The students will be performing their own version of The Comedy of Errors at CST on July 26 and 27.
Volunteers worked before and throughout both evenings with every aspect of setting up the event, coordinating needs for the performance, venders' areas, and guest services. Jim Drader, Jonni Pera, Mike Strayer, Don Parker, Traci Brant, Caroline Rau Geldernick, Bob Cooley, Tiffany Rhoda and Glenn Silver were the Board Members who assisted in supervising CST volunteers.
Chicago Street wants to thank all the members who helped prepare and/or worked the event. They are: Barb Owens, Patricia Schulz, Richard Schulz, Jim Henry, Dona Henry, Mary DeBoer, Lindsey DeBoer,Elizabeth Simmons, Deb Porter, Mary Jo Nuland, Mike Porter, Judy Doan, Auriel Lark Felsecker, Kat Lutze, Grant Fitch, Chloe Hoeksema, Paul Braun, Stretch Miller, Mark Baer, Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano, Patty Bird, Chuck Gessert, Peyton Daley, Braden Cleary, Mary Bird, Jim Higbee, Scott Miller, Dan Matern, Jason Kaplan, Kathy Arfken, Marcia Burbage, Phil Parmigiano,Robyn Rutar, Mary d'Aloisio, Matt Pera, Julie Roberts, Bob Prescott, Tommy Krueger, Shirley Remijan, Kathleen Erny, Jerry Erny, Jeff Zimmerman, Sarah Wermuth, Brett Worthington, Nick Travis, Eric Brant, Matt Pera, Mahdi Stephens, Arin Mykel Martin, Jaime Hite, Stan Christianson, Keith Palazolo, Mike Hite, Lauren Brant, Nicholas Brant, Camille Daley, Laney Roberts, Eden Roberts, and Rudy Parmigiano.
The Valparaiso Parks and Recreation Department congratulated Chicago Street on the success of the event. Work didn't end for the cast and the crew of The Comedy of Errors as they took down their set and reassembled it back at Chicago Street for six more performances July 19 through 27.