Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park's goal is to provide a free community event available to all residents regardless of age or economic background. The result of this festival will be to bring the community together over a weekend of Shakespearean performance, thereby broaden horizons and enrich the lives of local residents through a free classical outdoor theater performance. We provide an inspiring and educational experience for our audience through intensive preparation and high quality performance. We believe the arts are an important part of the fabric of a community and we want to do our part to ensure a thriving arts environment and help raise the value of the arts as a public good. VSP presents a “bare-bones” production, concentrating on the actor’s performances and honest storytelling, with minimal set and modern dress. Matinee performances, using natural light and sound, means we do not use or need lighting, sound equipment or techs, keeping our costs low and our performance levels high.
VSP also provides professional performance opportunities through non-traditional casting to Bay Area actors, and from around the world. Our casts are made up of multi-ethnic actors of color, various backgrounds and gender identity, along with switching characters from male to female, as well as casting females to play male roles, expanding more acting opportunities for women. Smaller roles are also given to novice actors to give opportunities to a wide range of actors at every level. We want our productions to reflect the community in which they are performed and help our audience connect to classical theater with exciting contemporary staging.
Because this is a free event, all funds to pay company members and operations must be raised through grants and other fund-raising sources. Our actors, stage manager, director and theater technicians commit to spending upwards of 84-112 hours in rehearsals and 40 hours in set-up/break-down and performance, the equivalent of a part-time job, to bring live shows to artistically under-served communities.
Visit us at www.VallejoShakespeare.org
for all the information about us and thank you for helping to sustain FREE live performance to under-served communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.