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South Dakota Shakespeare Festival to Host 'The Bard's Birthday Bash'

VERMILLION, S.D. – The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF) will host “The Bard’s Birthday Bash,” its 9th annual fundraiser, Saturday, May 1 from 3-5 p.m. on the lawn of the W.H. Over Museum.

“The Bard’s Birthday Bash,” held the week of Shakespeare’s 457th birthday, will feature a tea party with small bites, live entertainment and a silent auction. Festive attire requested.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $10 for children and $65 for a family/couple. Masks and social distancing are expected. To reserve tickets, or to get more information about the fundraiser, please email The W.H. Over Museum is located at 1110 N. University St. in Vermillion, South Dakota.

SDSF will present “Twelfth Night, or What You Will,” in Vermillion’s Prentis Park, along with additional educational programming and outreach events, June 17-20, 2021.

The mission of the SDSF is to engage, connect and inspire communities by exploring our shared human experiences through inclusive, professional Shakespeare productions and theatre arts education. Our values encompass access, inclusion, integrity and artistic excellence.

Since 2012, the SDSF has been producing free, world-class Shakespeare in the Park in Vermillion, South Dakota, accompanied by a wide array of education and engagement programming, through partnerships with local and regional schools and organizations. The SDSF values diversity and inclusion in its work, and it seeks to create theatre and build audiences that reflect and nourish the diversity of its communities. Since its inception, and in keeping with our mission, all festival events are free and open to the public.

To get more information about the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival’s activities for 2021, including dates, times, locations and details, visit or visit their Facebook page.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News