With over 40 summer seasons of productions in its’ repertoire, Oak Park Festival Theater (OPFT) is ready to wow its’ audiences once again with this summers theatrical selections.
Tonight, June 11th, kicks off the 2015 season with To Kill A Mocking Bird, which runs through July 18th. Then, starting July 23rd and running through August 22nd, The Two Gentlemen of Verona will finish out the summers’ theatrical productions.
Performances take place in Oak Park’s beautiful Austin Gardens, located at 167 Forest Avenue, just North of Lake Street and East of Harlem Avenue. This open air venue is a perfect way to enjoy both summer and a show. (If you’re worried about mosquitos – OPFT has thought of that too, and has bug spray for its’ patrons.)
OPFT does rent chairs for $2 a pop but most theater goers prefer to bring their own chair or blanket when attending a performance. And not to worry, there is plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the live show in your most comfy outdoor recliner!
Food and beverages are also part of the experience – coffee, cold drinks and light snacks are part of the concession offerings in Austin Gardens but most visitors prefer to pack their own beverages and munchies to dine on throughout the show.
Weather is not always the theater’s friend and so sometimes performances need to be cancelled but, no worries, just bring your tickets to the box office on another night and the tickets will be honored.
Parking (always the concern in Oak Park) is free (after 6 pm) and can be found at the Village owned lots at North Boulevard and Forest as well as in Grace Episcopal Church’s parking lot, which is just east of Forest Avenue on Lake Street. There is on local street parking to be had as well.
So make the most of all that the warm weather has to offer and enjoy Oak Park’s Festival Theater performances under the summer night’s sky!