- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - For the first time in its 21 seasons, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival is set to hit the stage outside of Jackson.

The festival is expanding from four to five weeks of shows, but fewer performances will be held this year at Jackson College’s Potter Center, the Jackson Citizen Patriot (https://bit.ly/1KPT9kg ) reported. After performances in Jackson from July 9-19, the shows will head to the Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton Township for three weeks, from July 29 to Aug. 16.

“This is great for us; we have an audience base in Jackson that comes from Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Ann Arbor,” said artistic director Jan Blixt. “A lot of people come sparingly from metro Detroit, and this gives a chance to serve a larger area in Michigan.

“It’s a great because we are the Michigan Shakespeare Festival.”

This year’s festival features productions of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Henry IV,” as well as Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s “The Rivals.”



“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the festival’s opening and flagship show, will be a little darker than usual but still funny, Blixt said. And for “Henry IV,” the company is combining both parts of the two-act play.

Ticket prices range from $16-$40, depending on the customer’s age and the show’s location.

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