Oberlin College classes and events are over for the summer but that does not mean that there will be nothing to do in Oberlin. Quite the contrary! Now the summer events begin! And the most popular event is the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival which will begin a little earlier this year on June 16. The Theater Festival began in 2009 as a professional, not-for-profit summer theater company, operating independently but under the umbrella of Oberlin College. The Festival’s Acting Company consists of a combination of professional Equity actors, local non-equity players, and interns (recent alumni and current Oberlin students). And the best part about attending a Festival production is that every play is FREE! Yes, you read that right, all productions are FREE!
This years productions are:
The Miracle Worker by William Gibson, a play about Annie Sullivan as the governess of Helen Keller who is deaf, blind, mute, and wild. – dates June 16 to July 30.
Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon, a romantic comedy set in the 1960’s that follows a young couple living in Manhattan as they begin their life together as newlyweds. It is non-stop-laugh funny! – dates June 30 to July 29.
The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, a play of timeless romance of obsession and redemption, beginning as a drama and ending as a romantic comedy. – dates July 14 to July 29.
The production schedule for the summer includes the three plays that are performed on a rotating basis from 3 to 5 days a week with some days having two different performances, one a matinee and one in the evening. If you look at the schedule you see that you can plan a weekend when you could see all three plays on a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!
For example you could attend The Winter’s Tale Friday at 7:00, stay the night at Hallauer House B & B where you will have breakfast Saturday morning and then at 2:00 go to Barefoot in the Park, have dinner at one of our fine restaurants and then go back to the theater at 7:00 to see Miracle Worker. Sounds like a good plan! But instead of driving home after the play just come back to Hallauer House for the night and then leave on Sunday. But then why not stay Sunday night too so that you can enjoy a full day of soaking in the sun, swimming in the heated pool, relaxing in the hot tub, and strolling in the peaceful garden. We call this a little mini vacation.
Last year over 12,000 people attended the productions over a six week period so call and book your tickets early. And do not forget to call Hallauer House B & B for your accommodations. For a small B & B we have more amenities than most hotels!
Tickets can be reserved by calling 440-775-8169 and leaving a voicemail, or by emailing [email protected]. Please include your name, address, and phone number as well as the name and date of the show and the number of tickets.
You will be able to claim your reserved tickets at the Box Office located in Hall Auditorium, 67 N. Main St. Oberlin, Ohio, on the day of the show up to ten minutes prior to curtain.