Theater groups host fundraiser

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Kelsii Kyto

Shakespeare lovers, toga-wearers and all community members are invited to attend a fundraiser for the Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival and Wolfs Head Theater Co. The toga party will be hosted at Blackrocks Brewery on Third Street at 8 p.m on Sunday, Sept. 2. This event is free and open to the public. Togas are optional, but are strongly encouraged for this event.

“This is an exciting event. There will be food, beer, prizes, flower crowns, short monologues, dancing, fortune telling, raffles and short acting scenes from Shakespeare’s work,” said Jamie Weeder, U.P. Shake’s artistic director and host of the event.

The Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival and Wolfs Head Theatre Co. cast is hosting the event to recruit new members and to inform the public that they will be going on a tour to other schools, breweries and prisons in the Upper Peninsula.

“This party is to tell the public that we aren’t going anywhere, and we will be back,” said Weeder. “We are trying to cross-pollinate art and culture through Shakespeare’s work by bringing people together, even in correctional facilities.”

The organization is known for bringing theatre into unorthodox environments to allow people to consume art and literature that they may not typically pursue on their own. Their hopes are to integrate into correctional facilities, such as Baraga Correctional Facility, to bring the prisoners cultural programming and theatrical opportunities as well.

“We are in this for the long-game. We hope to discover and unveil hidden theatre nerds and help others find enjoyment in Shakespeare’s theatrical playwrights,” said Weeder.

The Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival and Wolfs Head Theatre Co, along with partnering organizations, such as the Detroit Public Theatre, hosts many events to integrate subsidiary modern work and Shakespeare’s work in fun, creative ways and different environments.

“This event will be a lot of fun. Crazy and ridiculous, but a lot of fun,” said Weeder.