Shake on the Lake returns for 2 performances this week in Orleans

File photos by Tom Rivers: Performers from Shake on the Lake perform Shakespeare July 31, 2016 at the Orleans County Marine Park. The travelling troupe, based in Wyoming County, will be back in Orleans County this week, partnering with Lyndonville drama students.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 August 2017 at 10:52 pm

LYNDONVILLE – A theater troupe known as Shake on the Lake will be performing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet twice this week in Orleans County as part of a tour in Western New York.

The group will be performing in Lyndonville at Veterans Park next to the library on Tuesday and then in Carlton on Wednesday at the Oak Orchard Lighthouse on Route 98. The actors will use the lighthouse as their stage. Boaters will be able to watch that performance from their vessels.

Both performances start at 6:30 p.m. and are free to the public. They two shows will include Lyndonville drama students who were in a theater workshop in early May with Josh Rice, one of the Shake on the Lake leaders.

The Lyndonville Area Foundation provided funding for Shake on the Lake to team with local students in performing Shakespeare on May 5 at Lyndonville Central School, and then for the two performances this week.

Josh Rice leads theater workshop with Lyndonville students in early May. They will be part of the performance sin Orleans County this week.

Shake on the Lake started in 2011 with a goal to bring Shakespeare to rural Western New York. The group is based in Silver Lake, Wyoming County, and includes professional actors.

Last summer Shake on the Lake toured in five counties, including a July 31 performance at the Orleans County Marine Park at Point Breeze.

This year’s season kicked off on July 27 in Geneseo and concludes Aug. 12 at at the Niagara Falls Air Force Base.

This season’s show features the story of forbidden love between Romeo and Juliet, but includes some modern twists.

For more on Shake on the Lake, click here.

(Editor’s Note: This article was updated to note the location for Wednesday’s show is at the Oak Orchard Lighthouse and not the Orleans County Marine Park.)

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