Feature: Theater on a midsummer night

Posted June 3, 2023

Midsummer Crowd Shot Hill

Gwendolyn Rice, Isthmus

There is nothing like enjoying a play, musical or concert outdoors on a warm Wisconsin summer night. If you’re lucky, the moon and stars will come out on cue, and you’ll be joined in the audience by lightning bugs and a chorus of crickets. The crowd’s applause will be augmented by the sound of rustling leaves in nearby trees and whippoorwills calling, while the faint smell of citronella candles and campfires wafts through the air. While your first thought might be of American Players Theatre, there are a surprising number of other outdoor stages to consider, too.

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