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Your picnic will include everything you need to enjoy a performance under the stars! The Festival will reserve a socially-distanced “pod” in Shakespeare Glen for your group. Seating will be provided in each pod, and we encourage you to bring a picnic blanket as well.

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Duo Pod – $500 | Picnic for Two

  • Invitation to May 11th virtual meet-and-greet with King Lear Director Carl Cofield
  • Picnic cuisine, wine and beer for 2 guests on June 17th
  • 1 parking spot on June 17th
  • 2 Festival face masks

Patron Pod – $1,000 | Picnic for Six

  • Invitation to May 11th virtual meet-and-greet with King Lear Director Carl Cofield
  • Picnic cuisine, wine and beer for 6 guests on June 17th
  • 3 parking spots on June 17th
  • 6 Festival face masks
  • Host name recognized in Gala program

Bronze Sponsor – $2,500 | Picnic for Six

  • Invitation to May 11th virtual meet-and-greet with King Lear Director Carl Cofield
  • Picnic cuisine, wine and beer for 6 guests on June 17th
  • 3 parking spots on June 17th
  • 6 Festival face masks
  • Host name recognized in Gala program
  • Parking for the Host at one other performance of King Lear

Silver Sponsor – $5,000 | Picnic for Six

  • Invitation to May 11th virtual meet-and-greet with King Lear Director Carl Cofield
  • Picnic cuisine, wine and beer for 6 guests on June 17th
  • 3 parking spots on June 17th
  • 6 Festival face masks
  • Host name recognized in Gala program
  • Parking for the Host at one other performance of King Lear
  • Opportunity to host a group of 4 pods on any other performance of King Lear

Gold Sponsor – $10,000 | Picnic for Six

  • Invitation to May 11th virtual meet-and-greet with King Lear Director Carl Cofield
  • Picnic cuisine, wine and beer for 6 guests on June 17th
  • 3 parking spots on June 17th
  • 6 Festival face masks
  • Host name recognized in Gala program
  • Parking for the Host at one other performance of King Lear
  • Opportunity to host a group of 6 pods on any other performance of King Lear
  • Premier pod placement on June 17th
  • Onstage recognition during the Gala

Platinum Sponsor – $20,000 | Picnic for Six

  • Invitation to May 11th virtual meet-and-greet with King Lear Director Carl Cofield
  • Picnic cuisine, wine and beer for 6 guests on June 17th
  • 3 parking spots on June 17th
  • 6 Festival face masks
  • Host name recognized in Gala program
  • Parking for the Host at one other performance of King Lear
  • Opportunity to host a group of 8 pods on any other performance of King Lear
  • Premier pod placement on June 17th
  • Onstage recognition during the Gala
  • Exclusive Presenting Sponsor of “A Conversation with André De Shields”
  • Opportunity to Introduce “A Conversation with André De Shields”

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Gala FAQs

Where do I park? Valet service will be available at the north end of the Grand Basin on Lagoon Drive. Your car will be parked in the lot closest to Shakespeare Glen. Shuttle service will take you from Lagoon Drive to Shakespeare Glen.

What if it rains on June 17th? If the performance on June 17th is canceled due to rain, your group can still enjoy its luxury picnic at any performance between June 22–26. Festival staff will be in contact with you to reschedule your picnic.

Can the picnic menu be modified? We are happy to provide modifications for dietary restrictions. Please indicate any dietary restrictions on the purchasing page.

Will my pod have chairs? All pods for the gala will have up to six chairs plus a table. We encourage you to bring blankets and personal picnic gear as desired. When you drop off your car with the valet, please leave your personal gear in your vehicle. It will be accessible when you arrive in Shakespeare Glen for the performance.

Can I split a sponsorship with other people? Sponsorships can be split between multiple people. To arrange for a split sponsorship, please contact Development Manager Tori Rezek at tori@stlshakes.org.

I can’t attend. Can I still support the gala? Yes! Consider making a Fund the Need gift in support of our year-round programs.

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