(UPDATED JUNE 11 AT 9:48 PM)
Thanks to everyone for already filling 4 (count ‘em – 4!) of our 9 performances.
Not to fear – there are plenty of seats available, but it’s time to get an update out to help you plan your options for successfully attending The Tempest.
As of this moment in time this is what’s available:
Friday, June 18, 2010 – 12 noon performance: We have 105 RSVP’s, which leaves 95 seats available
Friday, June 18, 2010 – 8:00 pm performance: FULL. All 200 seats are spoken for.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 – 8:00 pm performance: FULL. All 200 seats are spoken for.
Sunday, June 20, 2010 – 8:00 pm performance: We have 161 RSVP’s, which leaves 39 seats available.
Thursday, June 24, 2010 – 8:00 pm performance: FULL. All 200 seats are spoken for.
Friday, June 25, 2010 – 12 noon performance: We have 183 RSVP’s, which leaves 17 seats available.
Friday, June 25, 2010 – 8:00 pm performance: FULL. All 200 seats are spoken for.
Saturday, June 26, 2010 – 8:00 pm performance: We have 154 RSVP’s, which leaves 46 seats available.
Sunday, June 27, 2010 – 8:00 pm performance: We have 122 RSVP’s, which leaves 78 seats available.
Your options if the date you want to attend is full…
At 15 minutes prior to show time, we’ll open up unclaimed RSVP’s to walk-in’s. We’ll put names on lists and it will be first-come, first-served. At the same time, we’ll open up some limited space lawn seating. You’d need to bring your own lawn chair. Visibility from the lawn seating is a little limited, but hey, you’re in!
People also occasionally cancel an RSVP. You can always ask for the date you want and if it’s become available, it’s yours.
Please RSVP to Susan Fry at SSFry@OptimistTheatre.org. I need your first and last name, date, show time and total number of seats. If they’re available, they’re yours.
Hope to see you there.
Susan Scot Fry
Optimist Theatre’s newest video interview is up! Click here to meet Ron Scot Fry, Director of The Tempest and Optimist Theatre’s Artistic Director.
As we get further and further into rehearsals and into producing the festival, perspectives naturally evolve. It’s fascinating to listen to what Ron has to say now that he’s been into working with the actors for several weeks now.
Hope you enjoy it!
Susan Scot Fry
THANK YOU, City of Milwaukee Arts Board!
Optimist Theatre is the proud and grateful recipient of a grant from the Milwaukee Arts Board to aid in our production of The Tempest! At least, the letter grasped tightly in my hot and sweaty little hand says so.
Makes it hard to type, but I can’t quite bring myself to put the letter down yet.
Please join me in extending a huge THANK YOU to the people at the Milwaukee Arts Board for their faith and support.
Susan Scot Fry
AND WE HAVE A WINNER!
Kurt Magoon was the first person to guess the location of the The Tempest as Red Arrow Park.
Thanks to everyone who played – and good guesses for downtown locations!
Watch for another copy of The Tempest to be released into the wild late next week.
Attention Optimistic Agents,
Another copy of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest has been released into the wilds of Milwaukee. The person who retrieves it and RSVP’s will be invited to bring it along to the performance and have it autographed by Prospero himself, Mr. James Pickering*.
Your first clue…
X doesn’t mark the spot, but another well-known, downtown symbol. FIERY ARR–IEL would know just where to look.
Your next clue…
Try not to get trampled by City Hall employees on break by coming between them and their buzz destination.
Also – if you can’t play in person, you can still WIN. Chime in with your guess on where the book has been placed by emailing me at SSFry@OptimistTheatre.org and I’ll tell you if you’re correct.
Susan Scot Fry
*member of Actor’s Equity
On the Optimist Theatre Facebook page (click HERE to go to the album) there’s a new mish-mash of photos from our first all-cast rehearsal on May 11 and from our rehearsal on May 18. It’s only been a week and we’re still blocking The Tempest, but the tranformations are amazing and beautiful.
Jim Pickering* (Prospero) still makes me cry. I just want to punch him in the arm.
Angela Iannone* (Ariel) is lithe, sleek and kicks major butt. She IS an anime heroine.
I’m shocked that Jacque Troy (Antonio) isn’t always surrounded by men. She’s got this primal magnetism. I know, I know. It’s called acting, but it still makes me dizzy.
Ken Williams (Stephano) and David Flores (Trinculo) also make me want to cry and punch them, but I can’t because my soul is rolling on the floor laughing and holding my aching side.
Tom Reed* (Caliban) is primal. We’ll be chitchatting about something like cutting wood for the stage platform legs and seconds later, my skin is crawling with fascination as I watch and listen with awe.
The Lovers, Andrew Voss and Jocelyn Fitz-Gibbon — Neil Haven — Stacy and Flora – The Tribe… I have so much more to say, but will save it for another post.
And, the best Stage Manager in the world. I miss my Sandy Wood, but Sandy, you’d be so proud of Melissa Wanke*.
Susan Scot Fry
Hello Milwaukee and Environs!
We have 5,000 postcards hot off the presses and they’re looking for a home. Do you know of any places in the Milwaukee area that display promo materials for upcoming arts events? Tickets are free, but we need to make sure people know it’s happening.
Also, if you would like a stack to distribute at your place of employment, please chime in. I’d love to get them to you.
And don’t forget to RSVP for yourself, soon. We’re already at 343 reservations and I want to make sure you Shakespeare in the Park fans get in.
Email me at SSFry@OptimistTheatre.org for postcards and to RSVP.
Thank you for your support.
Optimist Theatre’s celebration of Shakespeare in the Park, this past January was a microcosm of the talent, support and sheer joy that is being brought to this project.
Many area artists gathered and strutted their substantial stuff for an appreciative audience. Laughter, great music and an enticing Tempest preview (accompanied by a killer gourmet popcorn bar) made for a great evening.
Enjoy this show snippet and we hope to see you at The Tempest this June on the beautiful Alverno College campus.
(Aren’t Ken and David – aka Stephano and Trinculo — just the cutest? More pix of these 2 coming soon…)
In Ars Veritas,
Susan Scot Fry
Wanted to share some recent photos we took of our Ferdinand and Miranda – aka Andrew Voss and Jocelyn Fitz-Gibbon. The chemistry is amazing.
Click here to see the Facebook album.
I hope you get out to see it for yourself at The Tempest this June.
Meet playwright Mickle Maher tonight at SPIRITS TO ENFORCE and stay afterwards for a post-show discussion. Also, tonight is “Tempest Night” with multiple people from Optimist Theatre’s summer production in attendance including Ron & Susan Fry (Directors), Tom Reed (Caliban), Jim Pickering (Prospero), Ken Williams (Stephano), Jacque Troy (Antonio) and others. Join us and Youngblood for this tempestuous evening of entertaining theatre! 8:00pm; $15
The reviews are also coming in fast and furious. Visit the Youngblood Facebook page and see all the wonderful stuff reviewers are saying already.