Monday, May 15, 2017

Will's Best Friend Pet Costume Contest 2017!


Celebrating its 11th season, the Will's Best Friend Pet Costume Contest is accepting entries through June 19.

Owners can submit their pets in their best Shakespearean costume to be voted on by Nebraska Shakespeare followers.


  • Take a photo of your pet in a Shakespearean Costume.
  • Submit it using the online contest form. 
    • There is no fee/purchase necessary to enter. 
    • You and your pet must be able to attend the contest finals on July 6 to be considered for the top title: Will's Best Friend 2017.
  • Vote and tell your friends to vote between June 19 and July 2 

  • On June 19th, access to the contestants' photos will be available for voting.
  • You and your friends can vote once per day.
  • Voting will close on July 2 
  • The three contestants with the most votes will be invited to the finals at Shakespeare On The Green on July 6th.

TOP AWARDSContestants must be able to attend finals to be eligible:

  • Will's Best Friend (Overall Highest Score)
    • Prize: $50 Gift Certificate to Long Dog, Fat Cat (+swag for your pet) 
  • First Runner-Up (Second Highest Score in the Competition) 
    • Prize: $30 Gift Certificate to Long Dog, Fat Cat (+swag for your pet) 
  • Second Runner-Up (Third Highest Score in the Competition) 
    • Prize: $20 Gift Certificate to Long Dog, Fat Cat (+swag for your pet) 

JUDGES FAVORITESEven if you don't win a Top Award, you could still win one of our judges favorite categories, including:
  • Favorite King Lear costume 
  • Favorite Merry Wives of Windsor costume 
  • Purr-fect Costume (favorite cat costume) 
  • Bone-a-Fide Awesome (favorite dog costume) 
  • Most Exotic 
  • Most Photogenic 
  • Cutest 
  • Silliest 
  • And More 

  1. Pets must be on a leash. Nebraska Shakespeare is not responsible for the actions of your pets. Pets must be under control at all times. 
  2. Pets must be current on vaccinations. 
  3. Pets should be sociable with other animals, adults, and children and not aggressive about food, toys, or owner. 
  4. 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. 
  5. Pets must be at least 4 months old since younger animals have weak or no immune systems. 
  6. NS reserves the right to refuse entrance or ask to leave anyone whose pet is exhibiting aggressive behavior. 
  7. Be prepared to clean up after your pet. 

Visit Nebraska Shakespeare's Facebook Page to Enter!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mad Libs Sonnet Madness.

“This cold night will turn us all to fools and madmen.” - King Lear

Nebraska Shakespeare's Anne Dittrick Sonnet Contest is celebrating its 20th Anniversary! 
We are so honored to offer this program every Spring, giving talented authors throughout Nebraska and beyond an opportunity to submit their original sonnets. 

Writing a sonnet is not easy. 
There are very specific rules and guidelines that must be followed, or at least understood. An author of a Shakespeare-style sonnet needs to not only be creative and expressive, but also linguistically flexible.
Shakespeare, who was a bit of a show-off, wrote 154 sonnets. But for all of us that lack a bit in the literary genius department, I have put together to Mad Lib Sonnets (based on Sonnet 23 and 29), so everyone can create their own "original" sonnet.
(Feel free to leave completed Mad Lib Sonnets in the comments)

Sonnet 23.5

                                                                         1. Emotion- 1 syllable
                                                                         2. Adjective- 1 syllable 
                                                                         3. Noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         4. Possessive noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         5. Noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         6. Adjective- 1 syllable
                                                                         7. Noun- 1 syllable-rhyme with “might”
                                                                         8. Possessive noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         9. Verb- 2 syllables
                                                                         10. Noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         11. Noun- 1 syllable- rhyme with “expressed”
                                                                         12. Noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         13. Verb- 1 syllable
                                                                         14. Body part- 1 syllable
                                                                         15. Adjective- 1syllable
                                                                         16. Emotion- one syllable
                                                                         17. Body part- 1 syllable

Sonnet 23.5
                                                As an unperfect actor on the stage, 
                                                Who with his (1.               ) is put besides his part,
                                                Or some (2.               ) (3.               ) replete with too much rage,
                                                Whose (4.               ) abundance weakens his own heart; 
                                                So I, for fear of (5.)               , forget to say 
                                                The (6.               ) ceremony of love's (7.               ), 
                                                And in mine own (8.               ) strength seem to decay,
                                                (9.               ) with burden of mine own love's might. 
                                                O let my (10.               ) be then the eloquence 
                                                And dumb presagers of my speaking (11.               )
                                                Who plead for (12.               ) and (13.               ) for recompense 
                                                More than that (14.               ) that more hath more expressed.
                                                O, learn to read what (15.               ) (16.               ) hath writ: 
                                                To hear with (17.               ) belongs to love's fine wit. 

Sonnet 29.5

                                                                         1. Noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         2. Possessive noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         3. Verb- 2 syllables
                                                                         4. Adjective- 1 syllable
                                                                         5. Adjective- 2 syllables
                                                                         6. Verb- 1 syllable
                                                                         7. Verb- 1 syllable
                                                                         8. Noun- 1 syllable- ryhme with "scope"
                                                                         9. Possessive noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         10. Noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         11. Plural noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         12. Noun- 1 syllable- rhyme with “least”
                                                                         13. Animal- 1 syllable
                                                                         14. Plural location- 2 syllables 
                                                                         15. Verb- 1 syllable- rhymes with “kings”
                                                                         16. Verb- 1 syllable

Sonnet 29.5
                                                When, in disgrace with (1.               ) and (2.               ) eyes,
                                                I all alone (3.               ) my outcast state,
                                                And trouble (4.               ) heaven with my (5.               ) cries,
                                                And (6.               ) upon myself, and (7.               ) my fate,
                                                Wishing me like to one more rich in (8.               ),
                                                Featured like him, like him with (9.               ) possessed,
                                                Desiring this man’s (10.               ) and that man's scope,
                                                With what I most enjoy contented least;
                                                Yet in these (11.               ) myself almost despising,
                                                Haply I think on thee, and then my (12.               ),
                                                Like to the (13.               ) at break of day arising
                                                From sullen earth, sings hymns at (14.               ) gate;
                                                For thy sweet love remembered such wealth (15.               )
                                                That then I (16.               to change my state with kings.

If these Mad Libs inspired your own sonnet-writing voice, we are accepting submissions until May 15th at midnight!

All winning sonnets will be published in Shakespeare On The Green's annual program and read prior to each production this summer.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Mark Your Calendar...

 The 20th Annual Anne Dittrick Sonnet Writing Contest! 
There is no entry fee so let your inner muse shine. 
The full Shakespeare On The Green company will vote on the winners.
Adult winner receives a cash prize, Middle & High School
receive free tuition to Camp Shakespeare. All winners receive  
reserved seating at Shakespeare On The Green

plus a Shakespeare On The Green season shirt!

Become a member.
We believe that Shakespeare speaks to everyone.
Consider the timeliness of member benefits On The Green
in exchange for your investment in our quality programs.





June 22 - 28July 6 & 8
July 5 - Late Night Lear 
Vincent Carlson-Brown, Director

Division creates a shattered and broken kingdom
where darkness and betrayal corrupt truth and purpose.
Heartache impedes repair.

June 29 - 30July 1, 2, 7 & 9
John Hardy, Director

Windsor is at a crossroads. All the elements that constitute
the town-social strata and the English language itself
are turned upside down.

Open to all and their pets.

Electronic entries. Winners will be announced and given
great prizes On The Green on July 6 by Long Dog Fat Cat.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Exclusive Discount for NS Followers - SOMETHING ROTTEN!

Broadway's hit, SOMETHING ROTTEN!, is coming to Omaha this month and Nebraska Shakespeare is teaming up with to bring you an exclusive offer!


With 10 Tony® nominations including Best Musical, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is a “big, fat hit!”(New York Post). Set in the ‘90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom (Tony® nominee Rob McClure and Broadway’s Josh Grisetti), two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the "rock star" Shakespeare (Tony® nominee Adam Pascal) keeps getting all the hits.
When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon Squared!” (New York Magazine).


Use Promo Code Shakespeare for 25% off Orchestra Level Seats (Price Levels 1 and 2).
(Valid May 1 through May 15 at 11:59 PM.)


May 16 - 21, 2017 at the Orpheum Theatre (409 S. 16th St, Omaha, NE 68102).


Friday, April 28, 2017

Camp Shakespeare Staff 2017!

"To business that we love we rise betimes, and go to't with delight."- Antony and Cleopatra

Nebraska Shakespeare is so pleased to announce our Camp Shakespeare Staff 2017.  These professional theatre educators will be engaging with 75 young campers during our two-week summer camp (June 26th- July 9th) to create their own Shakespeare productions and inspire a life-long love of theatre and performance.

Camp Shakespeare Director- Katie Otten

Katie is joining Camp Shakespeare for the first time this summer, but she is no stranger to theatre education, having worked with Omaha Theatre Company, First Stage Theatre Company, and West Bend Recreational Department in WI. Katie is also Nebraska Shakespeare's Company Events Coordinator for Shakespeare On The Green this season. Katie is currently pursuing a Master's in Theatre Performance from University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Camp Shakespeare Assistant - Anna Jordan

Anna Jordan is joining Camp Shakespeare staff for her second year. Anna is a seasoned Nebraska Shakespeare veteran, having worked as an actor for Two Minute Shakespeare, Shakespeare On The Green, and Shakespeare On Tour. Anna is also an actor/educator for R.E.S.P.E.C.T. and OPA's Disney Musicals in Schools program. She is also the Assistant Director for Shakespeare On The Green's The Merry Wives of Windsor this summer. Anna holds her BA in Theatre Performance/Directing from University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Jester's Instructor- Raydell Cordell III

Camp Shakespeare is thrilled to have Raydell's classroom energy and expertise for the fourth summer in a row. Raydell has performed with Shakespeare On The Green for countless seasons and will be a company member for King Lear and The Merry Wives of Windsor this summer. Raydell currently works as the Site Director of Loveland Before and After School and has worked with Westside School District for nine years. He hold a BA in Theatre Performance from University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Jester's Assistant- Chase Winter

Chase is joining Camp Shakespeare for his second season. Chase works with Concordia Senior High School as a Language Arts teacher (English, Speech, Journalism, and Yearbook.) He also works with the school's Speech Team and One Act play production. Chase holds his Bachelor’s Education with a English/Language Arts focus.

Apprentices Instructor- Katy Kepler

Katy began her theater career in Rochester, NY, as freelance stage manager (primarily LORT B non-equity ASM work) and director. She recently moved to Omaha, NE to work with the Omaha Theater Company as a teaching artist. She specializes in directing youth actors and has particularly enjoyed her time working as the Apprentice Program Director for Bristol Valley Theater in the Finger Lakes. Favorite directing projects include Bride and Groom in the Graveyard (world premiere), Drowned (staged reading, new work), and Saturday Afternoon: Live! (devised youth piece). As an actor, she has appeared in several shows with the Omaha Theater Company, including Stellaluna and Other TalesPrancer (world premiere), Mouse on the MoveElephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play, and A Pallette of Possibility  (world premiere). Other favorite roles include Electra in Orestes 2.0, the Director in Crocodile Fear (world premiere), and Cedar in The Turtle Play: The Play About the Turtle (workshop performance).

Players Instructor- Chloe Armao

Chloe is joining Camp Shakespeare for her second season as the Player's Instructor, but she has worked with Shakespeare On Tour for the past three seasons. Chloe graduated from University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program and continues to work as a contract actor/educator with The Guthrie Theatre, The Playwright’s Center, The Youth Performance Company and The Children’s Theater Company. Chloe will also be in the Shakespeare On The Green cast of King Lear and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

SOTG 2016 company member,
Matt Olsen leads a mime workshop.

Masterclasses and Workshops will also be presented by members of the Shakespeare On The Green company, helping Camp Shakespeare students explore a variety of theatre topics, including: 
Stage Combat, Character Physicality and Development, and Designer Process.

Professional Actors and Directors visit
Camp Shakespeare 2016

Camp Shakespeare 2017
 June 26th -July 9th
(Monday- Friday from 8:00am to 12:00pm)

Friday, April 21, 2017

TLS Bargains and Events

To get geared-up up for Shakespeare On The Green,
Nebraska Shakespeare is partnering with local businesses to 
bring you events and bargains for Talking Like Shakespeare! 

Aksarben Cinema, special FREE small popcorn for talking like Shakespeare.
Long Dog Fat Cat (Village Point & 90th Center) FREE gift and treat for your pet.
Starbucks (72nd & Dodge, 114th & Dodge) FREE tall coffee 12-2 PM

Sonnet Reading from 2-3 PM
Swartz's Delicatessen & Bagels, 87th & Pacific
Director of Education, 
Sarah Carlson-Brown, will read sonnets.

Crawl Like Shakespeare!
Local bars are bringing you drinks inspired by Shakespeare
Click for More Information

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

(Bar) Crawl Like Shakespeare

April 23rd is Shakespeare’s birthday! What better way to celebrate than to grab a drink? Nebraska Shakespeare is partnering with a number of local bars and breweries to let you commemorate the day with Shakespeare inspired menu options.

Drinking was the norm in Elizabethan England (mostly because it was not safe to drink water), and the bard was no exception. Shakespeare’s father, at one time, was even the official ale-taster for Stratford-upon-Avon. And every one of Shakespeare’s plays has a reference to alcohol, a number including memorable drinkers, from Merry Wives’ Falstaff (who favors “a cup of sack”), to Twelfth Night’s Toby Belch.

What did Shakespeare himself drink? In Elizabethan England, Ale and Beer were readily available, but according to Theodora Sutcliffe, these were stronger, sweeter, and darker than what we drink today, and beers were more bitter than ales. Based on the references to a range of wines in Shakespeare’s writing, Sutcliffe goes on to assert that Shakespeare likely also drank imported wines and mead. Cocktails were not around, but he did have access to mixed drinks like posset and caudles, which were popular for their supposed medicinal properties.

Tastes have changed over the years so we’ll spare you the posset and caudle (typically consisting of heated wine or ale combined with milk, eggs, bread). Instead, we’ve got more modern recommendations for toasting the day.

Here are a handful of drinks inspired by Shakespeare and where to get them:


Our friends at Brickway are mixing a mule worthy of Bottom himself.

What’s in it:

∎ Brickway Gin
∎ Brickway Ginger Beer
∎ Fresh Lime Juice

Where you can get it:

Visit our friends at Brickway Brewery (1116 Jackson St, Omaha, NE) all day on April 23rd.
Bonus Bargain:
Brickway is also offering $4 Session Series Beers for those who Talk Like Shakespeare when ordering on April 23rd.


There's nothing melancholy about this cocktail the team at Benson Brewery is mixing up!

What's in it:

 1.5 oz Vodka
 0.5 oz Contratto
 2 oz Orange Juice

Where you can get it:

Visit Benson Brewery (6059 Maple St, Omaha, NE) on Talk Like Shakespeare Day!


This one's perfect for transitioning from Brunch to Sunday Fun-Day (if you need a reason).

 1.5 oz Vodka

 6 oz Orange Juice

Where you can get it:

Visit Crescent Moon (36th and Farnam, Omaha, NE).


You can't talk Shakespeare's leading ladies without including one so notable as Lady M.

What's in it:

 Strawberry Vodka
 Sweet and Sour

Where you can get it:

Visit Crescent Moon (36th and Farnam, Omaha, NE).


Corkscrew is bringing you a drink sure to keep you merry.

What's in it:

 Windsor Whiskey
 Lemon juice
 Simple Syrup
 (Optional) Cherry for garnish.

Where you can get it:

Celebrate Talk Like Shakespeare day at Corkscrew Wine and Cheese (3908 Farnam St, Omaha, NE).


Farnam House Brewing Company is offering a Witbier for Talk Like Shakespeare Day.

5.4% ABV
∎ 20 IBU

Where you can get it:
Visit Farnam House Brewing Company (3558 Farnam St, Omaha, NE).  They recommend you pair it with a pretzel.


A fat, vain, and boastful beer brought to you by Upstream.
 Scotch Ale
 6.6% ABV
 8 IBU

Where you can get it:
Visit Upstream Brewing Company (514 S 11th St, Omaha, NE).


Celebrate Shakespeare's birthday with a drink the Bard himself (likely) drank.

What's in it:

Mead is the oldest beverage known to man, made from pure honey that is fermented, then adding fruit or spices.

Where you can get it:

Moonstruck Meadery (2221 Madison St, Bellevue, NE) will be offering Cranberry and Plum Mead on Talk Like Shakespeare Day.