Citation from the State of Oklahoma for Shakespeare in the Park
The Oklahoma State House of Representatives recently presented a citation to Gaslight Theatre for Shakespeare in the Park thanks to the efforts of Representative Chad Caldwell. It reads:
""Citation Gaslight Theatre Shakespeare in the Park 30th Anniversary
Whereas, in 2023, the Gaslight Theatre is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Free Shakespeare in the Park with the production of Hamlet being held at the Enid Government Springs Park on September 15th, 16th and 17th; and
Whereas, this is Oklahoma's longest continually running Free Shakespeare event that has been made possible by assistance from the Oklahoma Arts Council, many local Enid Sponsors, and hundreds of onstage and behind-the-scenes volunteers; and
Whereas, the late Dave Abbott and Mary McDonald were instrumental in the success of Shakespeare in the Park by taking the lead in it's first tow decades of production; and
Whereas, the Gaslight Theatre's mission is to promote high quality theatrical entertainment and to provide a setting for nonprofessional actors, directors, designers, and technicians to learn and practice their art; and
Whereas, it is proper and fitting that the Oklahoma Legislature, acting on behalf of the citizens of Oklahoma, takes pride in extending congratulations to the Gaslight Theatre upon its 30th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park and being the longest continually running Free Shakespeare event in the state of Oklahoma.
Now, therefore, pursuant to the motion of Representative Chad Caldwell
the Great State of Oklahoma extends to Gaslight Theatre sincere congratulations and directs that this citation be presented.
Representative Chad Caldwell House District 40" the