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The Freeman Stage at Bayside is located just 4 miles west of Fenwick Island, DE at the intersection of Route 54 and Route 20. Turn into the Bayside community and proceed straight on Americana Parkway. The Freeman Stage is located on Town Lake at the intersection of Americana Parkway and Lakeview Drive. For those who would prefer to enter the address of The Freeman Stage at Bayside directly into their GPS, the address is: 31750 Lake View Drive, Selbyville, DE, 19975.

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Parking

Free parking is available for all performances.  Lots are conveniently located adjacent to The Freeman Stage at Bayside.  Arrive early as lots fill quickly for popular shows.

Handicap parking is available for guests with appropriate permits.  Staff or volunteers will be happy to assist you should you require additional assistance for parking or seating.

Freeman Stage Parking Lot

Free parking is available for all performances.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation?
A: The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was established in 2007 to honor Josh Freeman, the former Chair of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, after his untimely death in December of 2006.  The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation focuses on honoring Josh’s legacy and spirit by creating opportunities to lift the human spirit. The Foundation seeks to honor Josh’s passion and commitment to excellence by supporting projects that he would have been proud of. With The Freeman Stage at Bayside, an open air performing arts venue located near Fenwick Island, DE, our mission is to partner to present memorable performances & provide inspired arts education for all.

Q: What is The Freeman Stage at Bayside?

A: The Freeman Stage at Bayside, an open air performing arts venue located near Fenwick Island, DE, first opened in the summer of 2008. A project of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, the Freeman Stage presents diverse programming in the genres of dance, live music, theatre and children’s programming.  Typically, performances are offered on Thursday nights, Friday nights, Saturday mornings and occasional Saturday nights, Memorial Day through Labor Day.  The Freeman Stage at Bayside is located inside the Bayside community at the intersection of Routes 54 & 20 in Selbyille, DE.

Q: Is The Freeman Stage at Bayside for Bayside residents only?
A: Though we are located within the Bayside community, The Freeman Stage is open to the public.

Q: What is your phone number and address?
A: For performance information, cancellations, and updates call 302-436-3015.  The address for The Freeman Stage is: 31750 Lake View Drive, Selbyville, DE 19975.  It is located within the Bayside community.

Q: When can I purchase tickets?
A: Ticket sales will be open to the general public on Monday, April 21st.  Sponsors at the Patron Level and above will be given ticket purchase access before the general public.

Q: How do I purchase tickets?

A: Tickets can be purchased in person at The Freeman Stage on performance days, and also at www.freemanstage.org. All ticket purchases are non-refundable. Buying your ticket for general admission performances early does not guarantee better seating at the performance, with the exception of some performances that provide seating.  We recommend that you arrive early to get better seating for the majority of the performances.

Q. Why is a handling fee attached to ticket purchases?

A. As a small non-profit organization, we do not have the capability to create and manage a ticket inventory system on our own.  In order to provide the best customer service possible, we have an outside vendor assist us with our ticketing needs.  That service comes with a real cost though.  To help offset that cost, we will be attaching a handling fee for each ticket purchased for a performance at The Freeman Stage at Bayside.

Q: If I purchase a ticket, is a seat included?
A: Unless specified otherwise, a general admission ticket gains admittance to a performance with no designated seating. Please BYOC. (Bring Your Own Chair)

Q.  Why are there both free and paid performances?

A.  In order to support the high quality of programming, maintenance on The Freeman Stage venue, and our off season community outreach efforts, it is necessary to collect admission on some performances to offset our costs.  Because we are a public charity, 1/3 of our support must come from public sources like yourself.  Though we do collect admission for some performances, over 50% of our events are still free to attend.

Q: How can I become a Freeman Stage sponsor?
A: For details about how you can have the best seats in the house, as well as have impact in our community, please visit www.freemanstage.org/sponsor or speak to a Joshua M. Freeman Foundation employee.

Q: I’m a fan of the Arts, how can I help?
A: Donate in any way that you can!  As a nonprofit charitable organization, we rely on both the generous financial support of our guests, and the donation of time from our volunteers. Your support is essential to the continued success of The Freeman Stage at Bayside!

Q: What happens if it rains or there is bad weather?
A: The Freeman Stage at Bayside is an outdoor venue and inclement weather may result in the cancellation of events. Tickets for outdoor events are non-refundable, even in cases of inclement weather, unless the area is closed due to public safety reasons.  No refunds will be offered. Check with the Box Office about a possible exchange.  For the most updated information, visit this website (freemanstage.org), check our Facebook page (facebook.com/freemanstage) or Twitter feeds (twitter.com/freemanstage), or call The Freeman Stage hotline (302-436-3015). Events are subject to change without notice.

Q: Can I take photos during a performance?
A: The use of recording equipment and cameras (with or without flash) during performances is prohibited except by authorized press and personnel.

Q: Can I purchase refreshments at The Stage?
A: Yes! The Freeman Stage includes a concession area for all to enjoy. The Stage Café is open an hour prior to performances and includes delicious theater treats for purchase including hot dogs, popcorn, candy, ice cream, sandwiches and an assortment of beverages, including beer & wine. Cash or credit card accepted.

Q: Can I bring my own food and drink?
A: For general admission performances, small collapsible coolers that fit under your lawn chair are permitted. Factory-sealed, plastic bottles of water or soft drinks that are 20 ounces or less in size are permitted as well as food contained in a clear plastic bag.  Glass bottles, cans, hard-sided coolers, thermoses, ice chests, or open containers are prohibited. For performances with assigned seating, no carry-ins are permitted.  All bags, purses and collapsible coolers are subject to search.  Those who refuse to have their bags inspected will be denied entry into The Freeman Stage.  All guests consent to such inspections and waive any and all related claims against The Freeman Stage at Bayside and the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation.

Q: Can I bring alcoholic beverages?
A: Patrons are not permitted to bring their own alcoholic beverages to The Freeman Stage at Bayside.  However, alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at The Stage Cafe.

Q: What is your smoking policy?

A: The Freeman Stage is a smoke-free venue.

Q: Can I bring my pet to The Freeman Stage?

A: With the exception of service animals for people with disabilities, pets are prohibited at The Freeman Stage because of the health concerns of other guests and the distraction animals can cause during the performance.

Q: I am an artist – how do I learn more about performing at The Freeman Stage?
A: We’d love to hear from you! Send us an email at info@freemanstage.org and tell us about yourself and how you would like to be involved in The Freeman Stage!

Q: What time should I arrive at the stage?

A: For our evening performances we recommend that you arrive at least thirty minutes prior to the performance to ensure good seating. Please note that for our most popular feature shows, seating will often fill up more quickly.  Our gates open for seating at 6pm for evening performances, and at 9am for morning performances.

Q: Is parking available at The Freeman Stage?
A: Free parking is available for all performances at The Freeman Stage. Lots are conveniently located adjacent to The Freeman Stage and handicap parking is readily accessible.

House Policies

While The Freeman Stage at Bayside may be a casual, open air facility, we expect our guests to follow certain policies and rules of etiquette:

SEATING: Events at The Freeman Stage are either general admission, which requires you to bring your own chair (BYOC), or are assigned seating, in which a seat is provided. For BYOC events, seating placement will be determined by ushers. For assigned seating events, the chairs are provided and position is selected by the patron when purchasing tickets. Please refer to venue website or calendar of events for seating determination for each event.

CARRY-INS: Depending on the event type, policies for carry-ins are in place.

  • General Admission (BYOC) Events: Small collapsible coolers that fit under your lawn chair are permitted. Factory-sealed, plastic bottles of water or soft drinks that are 20 ounces or less in size are permitted as well as food contained in a clear plastic bag. Glass bottles, cans, hard-sided coolers, thermoses, ice chests, or open containers are prohibited.
  • Assigned Seating Events: No carry-ins are permitted for assigned seating events. No re-entry to the venue will be permitted during assigned seating events.
  • All events: All bags, purses and collapsible coolers (BYOC events) are subject to search. Any prohibited items will be confiscated or entry will be denied. Those who refuse to have their bags inspected will be denied entry into The Freeman Stage. All guests consent to such inspections and waive any and all related claims against The Freeman Stage at Bayside and the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation.

ALCOHOL: Bringing alcohol onto the grounds of The Freeman Stage at Bayside is strictly prohibited. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at the Stage Cafe and must be consumed on the premises.

SAFETY: For your safety, weapons or anything that can be used as a projectile or is deemed dangerous by The Freeman Stage at Bayside staff and management, are prohibited and will be confiscated and turned over to the Delaware State Police.

SMOKING: The Freeman Stage at Bayside is a smoke free venue. Smoking is prohibited on the grounds, as well as in the restrooms.

PETS: Pets are not permitted on the grounds of The Freeman Stage at Bayside at any time, with the exception of service dogs assisting those patrons with disabilities.

STROLLERS & BLANKETS: Strollers and blankets are prohibited at all events with assigned seating. On BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) nights, patrons with strollers and blankets may be seated in a specific location within the venue.

TALKING: Please be respectful of your neighbors and keep any talking to a minimum, unless encouraged by the performer. As well, please turn off all electronic devices or turn on mute. If you must take or make a call, please exit the premises beforehand.

CAMERAS: The use of recording equipment and cameras (with or without flash) during performances is prohibited except by authorized press and personnel.

CHILDREN: Some performances at The Freeman Stage at Bayside have free admittance for children 18 and under. Please check the individual performance listing on the website or season calendar to determine if children’s admittance is free. If a performance is not free for children, a ticket purchase is required for all patrons, regardless of age.

OTHER: The following items are prohibited at The Freeman Stage at Bayside: balls of any kind or size, Frisbees, laser pointers, umbrellas of any size, banners, signs or flags of any size.

Your attendance at events presented by The Freeman Stage at Bayside may be digitally recorded through photographs or video recordings. The Freeman Stage at Bayside may use videos or photos of patrons in its publications, display spaces, and marketing efforts to promote the impact of the arts on our local community. These images may be posted on our website, in local publications, or ultimately on the internet. If you do not wish your image to be published, please notify a member of our staff before or immediately after the event.

Events are subject to change without notice.

Ticket Policies

Ticket prices and seating will vary for performances at The Freeman Stage. Some performances will require a ticket purchase for all patrons, regardless of age.

When noted on the website or your ticket, please “BYOC” (Bring Your Own Chair) to the performance.

When purchasing tickets for performances at The Freeman Stage, please keep the following policies in mind:

  • Tickets for paid performances may be purchased in advance on our website or in person at the Box Office. The Box Office is open on performance days beginning at 5pm. Tickets purchased online are not mailed. Tickets must be printed at home, picked up at Will Call (per request), or opened on a smartphone for scanning. User must download the Walletini App for smartphone scanning.
  • Forms of payment accepted include Cash, Freeman Stage Gift Certificates (when Box Office is open), Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
  • All ticket sales are final for ticketed events.
  • Tickets for outdoor events are non-refundable, even in cases of inclement weather, unless the area is officially closed due to public safety reasons. No refunds will be offered.
  • A non-refundable handling fee will be applied to all ticket purchases.
  • Ticket limits may be in place for certain performances. Resale of tickets for events held at The Freeman Stage at Bayside is strictly prohibited.
  • Resale of tickets for events held at The Freeman Stage at Bayside is strictly prohibited.
  • Events are subject to change without notice.

 

Weather Policy

The Freeman Stage at Bayside is an outdoor venue and inclement weather may result in the cancellation of events. Tickets for outdoor events are non-refundable, even in cases of inclement weather, unless the area is closed due to public safety reasons.  No refunds will be offered. Check with the Box Office about a possible exchange.

For the most updated information:

Events are subject to change without notice.

 

The Stage Café is open for all evening performances and includes delicious theater treats for purchase including hot dogs, hamburgers, Fisher’s popcorn, candy, ice cream, soft pretzels, sandwiches and an assortment of beverages, including beer & wine.

Alcoholic beverages purchased at the Stage Café must be consumed on the premises and they may not be removed from the property.  Cash or credit cards accepted. (Visa, MasterCard, Discover only).

We accept Visa, MasterCard, & Discover

We accept Visa, MasterCard, & Discover

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