Plays in the Park
Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:55:44 EDT
This November, Downtown Alpena will have its first ever Plays in the Park event, launching the new program offered by the Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Thunder Bay Theatre (TBT).

Plays in the Park offers free, outdoor theater performances in public spaces throughout the downtown. The program will kick off Saturday, November 4th at 6 p.m. with a performance of Hamlet by William Shakespeare put on by Thunder Bay Theatre. The performance will take place in the Carter Street parking lot by the river next to the Cellar Building.

“Downtown Alpena is becoming an arts and cultural destination,” said Alpena DDA Executive Director Anne Gentry. “We’re home to six art galleries and studios, a public library, two movie theaters, a professional theater, film festivals, live concerts, and more. Plays in the Park is one more way to promote the artistic opportunities within our downtown and engage in public art.”

Plays in the Park was a concept first developed by previous DDA Director Lesslee Dort. After the success of TBT’s performance of West Side Story at the Band Shell this summer. The two organizations decided it was time to officially launch the program. Over the next five years, the DDA is planning on hosting one fall performance featuring a Shakespeare production and one spring performance of a Great American Play in various downtown locations.

Attendees should bring their own chairs and blankets.


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