Blue Star Theatre

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival welcomes U.S. military personnel, their spouses and children, and veterans.



HVSF has a long-standing commitment to the military personnel in our community. As a Blue Star Theatre, we offer 15% off performance tickets to military personnel and their immediate families, as well as 15% off Shakespeare Summer Camp registration for military children. To take advantage of HVSF’s Blue Star discounts during the summer, visit our season calendar and be sure to choose 'ACTIVE DUTY' or 'VETERAN' tickets at checkout (based upon availability). To receive our Shakespeare Summer Camp registration discount, please contact Nora Wilcox, Associate Director of Education at (845) 809-5750 x13 or nora@hvshakespeare.org.


Military Milestones

Throughout our history, HVSF has worked to build strong relationships with the faculty, staff, and cadets of the United States Military Academy at West Point, just across the river from our summer home at Boscobel House & Gardens. Through annual workshops and touring productions for cadets and military families, West Point Night programs and discounts at the HVSF Theater Tent, and opportunities for West Point academics to share their knowledge with audiences during pre-show discussions, we continue to extend a hand to our brothers and sisters in arms. For many of the cadets we serve, HVSF’s productions and workshops are their first-ever exposure to live theater.

Notable milestones with our military neighbors include:

  • 2008: HVSF launched its first theater arts workshops at West Point.
  • 2013: We expanded our workshop offerings to the entire class of over 1,100 first-year cadets. West Point faculty supported kid-friendly, pre-show programming for HVSF’s Family Night during our run of THE THREE MUSKETEERS.
  • 2014: West Point faculty and staff advised HVSF’s Acting Company as they prepared for a military-themed production of OTHELLO.
  • 2015: We began a now-annual tradition of bringing one summer mainstage show to West Point with HVSF’s one-man production of AN ILIAD. The show made the cover of West Point Alumni Magazine that fall.
  • 2016: HVSF received a Blue Star Theatre grant, which supported our annual cadets’ workshop and allowed our Spring Education Tour - A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM - to visit West Point Middle School in Highland Falls, NY. Our all-female mainstage production of MACBETH traveled to West Point.
  • 2017: This year, HVSF will launch a week of military-focused events in tandem with our production of THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA.



Blue Star Theatres is a program of Blue Star Families and Theatre Communications Group, with support from the MetLife Foundation.