Shakespeare On the River

Magik has brought Shakespeare to the people of San Antonio for 11 years.

Shakespeare on the River at The Arneson Theatre in La Villita will be November 16-18, 2017.

The Magik Theatre, San Antonio’s professional family theatre, presents Shakespeare on the River – a FREE event celebrating all things Shakespeare.

Theatre-goers can come early to enjoy food trucks along Villita Way and short Shakespeare performances by local performers. The highlight of this event is Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s The Taming of the Shrew. The company returns to San Antonio for a second year, having performed Twelfth Night at last year’s Shakespeare in the Park. Performances of The Taming of the Shrew are November 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.

“Grab a seat close to the stage as AST transports you back to the lively and colorful days of old world Italy, where embracing adventure, music, and above all, passion was a way of life. Through a flurry of song and spectacle, join the rambunctious and arrogant Petruchio in his quest to woo the unimpressed and headstrong “Kate the Cursed.”  Inspired by Italian traditions of puppetry and commedia dell’arte, our players bring the audience right into the middle of the action. So come ready to play–we can’t tell the story without you!​” ​

Program Details:

  • Half-hour Shakespeare scenes by local high school students starting at 6:30 each night.
  • Half-hour musical pre-show starting at 7:00 each night.
    The The Taming of the Shrew starts at 7:30 and will end around 8:45 each night.

Become a VIP – You’ll receive reserved seats, free gifts, food, drinks and a private meet and greet with the cast!

On Saturday November 18 at 5:30 p.m., patrons can enjoy a VIP event in the Cos House for $50 – the ticket price includes reserved seats, free food and drinks catered by Black Tie Affairs, Inc., a private meet and greet with the cast after the show and a special appearance by last year’s Renaissance on the River King Kevin Wolff, and his wife Sandi Wolff. They will pass the crown on to this year’s royalty, Denise Smith-Schlaudt and Kenneth Lee Schlaudt, Jr., who will advocate for Magik’s mission of literacy and education through theatre.

Denise moved to San Antonio in 2001, and immersed herself in the culture and community of the area. She has taken her fundraising talents and successfully been recognized by the following organizations as follows: 2015 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society- “Woman of the Year”, Lo Bello Women’s Association- “Participating Member Organization Fiesta Commissioner”, Platinum Top 50 Realtors- “2015 Philanthropist of the Year”, San Antonio Builder’s Association- “2015 Humanitarian of the Year”. Denise has been fortunate to be the recipient of many awards and accolades throughout her career, but her happiest accomplishment was her marriage in 2016. Ken has happily supported her efforts and has successfully coordinated many campaigns and events as the silent pillar behind Denise. Together, they have set up and started their own foundation; Support for Life Foundation. You will find both of them supporting many notable charities and always lending a hand to anyone in need.

Visit us at The Magik Theatre Box Office or call 210.227.2751 for VIP tickets.

Shakespeare on the River is generously funded by The Brown Foundation, GLI Distributing, Shiner Beers, Austin Eastciders, Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts,

and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.