Heartland Actors’ first Shakespeare on the Canal production, the Merchant of Venice, was performed as part of the 2008 White River State Park Family Arts Series. Directed by Michael Shelton, the cast included company members Ben Tebbe, Matthew Roland, Scot Greenwell, Diane Timmerman, Ryan Artzberger, Phebe Taylor, Sam Fain, and also featured Charles Goad, Monte Tapplar, Adam Crowe, Rebecca Masur, Jamison Kay, Jeff Keel, Glenn deRoziere, and Eric J. Olson. Laura Glover was the lighting designer, and Kathleen Egan was the costume designer. The one-night only performance, which was free to the public, attracted over 1,500 audience members.
Much Ado About Nothing, was performed as part of the 2009 White River State Park Family Arts Series. Directed by Nathan Garrison, the cast included company members Ryan Artzberger, Michael Shelton, Diane Timmerman, Phebe Taylor, Scot Greenwell, Sam Fain, Matthew Roland, Robert Neal, and also featured Kevin Anderson, Bethany Barber, Daniel Boughton, Jamison Kay, Charles Goad, Mark Goetzinger, Chris Hatch, David Mosedale, Paul Wallace, and Frank Shelton. Laura Glover was the lighting designer. Lindsey Lyddan designed the set. Costumes were designed by Kathleen Egan. Shakespeare on the Canal was expanded to two performances over the final weekend of July 2009, and attracted over 2,300 audience members.
Heartland Actors’ third Shakespeare on the Canal production, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, was again performed in conjunction with the White River State Park Family Arts Series. Directed by Michael Shelton, the cast included company members Phebe Taylor, Robert Neal, Ryan Artzberger, Sam Fain, and also featured Adriano Gatto, Adam Crowe, Chris Hatch, David Mosedale, Audrey Bertaux-Skeirik, Alex Raby, Michael Hosp, Laurence Brown, R. Brian Noffke, and Casper the dog. Laura Glover was the lighting designer; costumes by Kathleen Egan. Shakespeare on the Canal was expanded to three performances in 2010, and attracted over 3,000 audience members.
HART’s fourth Shakespeare production in downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park was Othello which was offered in three performances in the summer of 2012.
HART’s fifth White River State Park production was The Taming of the Shrew, produced in the summer of 2013. HART’s sixth production was The Tempest in 2014, followed by Twelfth Night in 2015. In 2016, the company will produce our eighth free Shakespeare production in White River State Park, The Winter’s Tale.