Saturday, May 23, 2015

Will's Best Friend pet contest goes Social for 2015!

Calling all pets (and their owners) to enter the newly formatted Will's Best Friend Contest, sponsored by Long Dog, Fat Cat & Nebraska Shakespeare.

Now in its ninth season, the Will's Best Friend Pet Costume Contest has a brand new format that allows the public to choose the finalists.

How to Enter: 

Take a photo of your pet in best Shakespearean costume and 
submit it on the online entry form before June 24th.
There is no fee/purchase necessary to enter.  You and your pet must be able to attend the
contest finals at Shakespeare On The Green on Saturday, June 27, 
to be considered for the top title: Will's Best Friend 2015

How Voting Works: 

Access to the contestant (pet) photos and voting will be posted on
Nebraska Shakespeare's Facebook Page. From June 24th through 26th
you and your friends can vote (one vote per Facebook user, per day).

The three contestants with the most votes will be invited to the contest finals at Shakespeare On The Green on Saturday, June 27th, to compete for the title of Will's Best Friend 2015.

Top Awards:

Contestants must be able to attend finals to win a Top Award

1st Place - Will's Best Friend
(Overall highest score in the competition.)
Prize: $75 gift certificate to Long Dog, Fat Cat (+ swag for your pet)
(Not eligible to win a Category Award)

2nd Place - a.k.a. Will's Good Buddy
(2nd overall highest score in the competition.)
Prize: $15 gift certificate to Long Dog, Fat Cat (+ swag for your pet)
(Not eligible to win a Category Award)

3rd Place - a.k.a Will's Cousin Who Is Seen With Him All The Time, But
People Suspect It's More Of  A Family Obligation Sort Of Thing
(3rd overall highest score in the competition)
Prize: $10 gift certificate to Long Dog, Fat Cat (+ swag for your pet)

"Judges' Favorites" Awards

Favorite As You Like It Themed Costume 

Favorite Othello Themed Costume

Favorite Costume - any Shakespearean Play

Purr-fect Costume (favorite cat costume)

Bone-a-fide Awesome (favorite dog costume)

Most Exotic

Most Photogenic

Most Glamorous




Pet Safety Rules:

  • Pets must be on a leash. Nebraska Shakespeare is not responsible for the actions of your pet. Pets must be under control at all times.
  • Pets must be current on vaccinations
  • Pets should be sociable with other animals, adults, and children and not aggressive about food, toys or owner.
  • Pets must be comfortable in a loud and festive environment. Please be aware of the stress level of your pet at all times. We want this to be a positive experience for everyone.
  • Pets must be at least 4 months old since younger animals have weak or no immune systems.
  • NS reserves the right to refuse entrance or ask to leave anyone whose pet is exhibiting aggressive behavior.
  • Be prepared to clean up after your pet.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thanks, thanks, and more thanks!

Upwards of $8,900,000* donated
to non-profits
 through OMAHA GIVES!
*preliminary numbers

You Rock, Omaha!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Five Days until Omaha Gives, but you can donate today!

OMAHA GIVES! is a 24-hour online giving event organized by the
Omaha Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in Douglas, Sarpy, and 
Pottawattamie counties. The goal is to inspire the community to come together for 
24 hours to give as much as possible to support the work of public 501c3
nonprofits in the Metro Area. OMAHA GIVES! will take place on May 20th.

Nebraska Shakespeare is happy to be participating in OMAHA GIVES!
Help us continue to provide entertainment and educational opportunities to thousands.

Schedule your gift now!

Don't wait until the 20th to support Nebraska Shakespeare! Visit today to schedule your gift in advance! You can also donate on May 20th by following a link on

All gifts made during OMAHA GIVES are 100% tax-deductible. 

Thank you for helping us Keep Will Free!