Fifth Annual Orcas Island Shakespeare Festival


You are invited to come enjoy our Shakespeare Festival on Orcas Island, featuring costumed performers, an Eastsound Parade, street theater, and a performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ Clear your schedule for March 29 – April 2, 2016.

The Stage on the Green, located in the heart of the island, will be home to numerous festival activities all day Saturday, April 2, including performances and music of the period. That evening, a performance will be presented at the island’s 200-seat Orcas Center, the community’s performing arts facility.

If you have any questions, please email or call (360-376-2273) the Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, March 29

Black and White Night: dinner, formal readings, music and Thai food Random Howse, 6:30 to 8 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m. Reservations recommended: 376-1111. Tickets are $10 and available from the Chamber of Commerce.

Wednesday, March 30

Festive Feast: Potluck dinner (with extra catering provided by the Orcas Food Coop), musical performances, costumes encouraged, Odd Fellows Hall, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Costume contest immediately following; $100 prize.

Thursday, March 31

Community Night: An evening of local Shakespeare and Thai food, Random Howse, 6:30 to 8 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m. Reservations recommended: 376-1111. Tickets are $10 and available from the Chamber of Commerce.

Friday, April 1

Unexpected Productions: Improv group from Seattle, Thai food, Random Howse, 6:30 to 8 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m. Reservations recommended: 376-1111. Tickets are $15 and available from the Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday, April 2

Medieval street fair with entertainment on the Village Green (North Beach Road in Eastsound) from 11 a.m. to 3 pm.

Shakespeare parade at noon in Eastsound Village (and all participants welcome!)

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on Saturday, April 2. Buy Tickets Now!

Featuring sixteen local high school students and five local adult actors! Come see A Midsummer Night’s Dream as you’ve never seen it before. Utilizing Shakespeare’s exquisite text of yore, this production is set in modern times. Expect the unexpected! The course of true love never did run smooth!

Performance at the Orcas Center. Show time is 7:30 pm. Tickets available from Orcas Center.

Our Sponsors

The Shakespeare Festival wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors:  

Gudgell Properties
Islanders Bank
Island Market
Islands Sounder
Orcas Food Coop
Orcas Village Store
Christina Orchid of Red Rabbit Farm
San Juan County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

Orcas Island

Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands, is famous for its natural beauty, and is often referred to as the “Gem of the San Juans.”

“The Chamber of Commerce is working with our business community to take part in the fun,” said Susan Gudgell, the Chamber’s Board President. “Orcas Island will be transformed into a Salish Sea version of Stratford-upon-Avon. With an amazing variety of talented local artists, Orcas has earned the reputation as an ‘Island for the Arts,’ and this year’s Shakespeare Festival will only add to that reputation.

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