Last summer Milwaukee experienced, for the first time, free of charge to the audience …
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
Audiences loved it.
Saw the performance today – magnificent … Hope you are able to find the means to continue this venue. We drove an hour to get there and would do it over and over again. Thanks to everyone involved….
- Miles & Barbara Capron
I think you might want to take a moment to consider the joy that your efforts generated. Prospero may have discarded his staff, but the final spell was cast by Optimists, and hundreds of grateful theater-goers and artists are still experiencing its uplifting charms! Join them.
– Lee Ernst
Critics loved it.
Optimist Theatre’s ‘Tempest’ a profile in stage courage, heart
- Headline, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Optimist Theatre’s performance of “The Tempest” gave the state an intoxicating taste of free Shakespeare outdoors.
- From “Wisconsin Theatre Evolving”, Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
So we’re doing it again, and we want you to be part of it.
We invite you to enjoy an evening of entertainment at a fundraiser to benefit free Shakespeare in the Park that we’re calling …
“If music be the food of love, play on!”
Twelfth Night, Act I Scene i
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Reception at 7:00 pm / Show at 8:00 pm
Alverno College in the Teaching, Learning and Technology Center
3400 S. 43rd Street – Milwaukee, WI 53234
Parking is free and plentiful
Event admission is $35 per person ($20 per person tax deductible)
To purchase your admission please visit CLICK HERE to visit our Paypal page …
If you are unable to attend, please consider a 100% tax deductible donation by CLICKING HERE.
Our evening of Play will include a fabulous silent auction, snacks and drinks, snippets from Twelfth Night (watch for Mr. James Pickering* and Mr. Tom Reed*), and entertainment from:
Molly Rhode and Chase Stoeger – From the Skylight Opera to American Folklore Theatre, Molly and Chase are perennial audie nce favorites. For “Play On!”, they bring wit, character, and show-biz style to an entertaining variety of show tunes and comic songs.
Radio WHT – Frequently heard on WMSE 91.7FM and seen at the Alchemist Theatre, Radio WHT brin gs contemporary laughs to “olde tyme” radio drama. www.radiowht.com
Women who Can’t Sing - The Tempest’s spellbinding Ariel, Angela Iannone*, will be joined by Tami Workentin and pianist David Bonofiglio for musical numbers that make great theatre.
Patrick Schmitz – Master of improv, sketch comedy, and stand-up, Patrick will be our Master of Ceremonies. In addition to keeping things moving and making us laugh, he’ll run a series of games to challenge your trivia knowledge and other skills. Big laughs and small prizes are guaranteed. “Play On!” indeed!
Doktor Kaboom! – Played by national performing artist David Epley, Doktor Kaboom will play with science, creating a series of entertaining, explosive, and occasionally successful experiments. Watch for Doktor Kaboom on his DVD release “Don’t Try This at Home” and an upcoming graphic novel. www.doktorkaboom.com
To learn more and purchase tickets for “Play On!”, visit OptimistTheatre.org, or contact Managing Director Susan Scot Fry at SSFry@OptimistTheatre.org or 262/498-5777 or Artistic Director, Ron Scot Fry at RSFry@OptimistTheatre.org or 262/498-9788.
Have a brilliant evening and thank you for helping bring free Shakespeare in the Park to Milwaukee.
Susan Scot Fry
* Members of Actors Equity Association
I suppose there would have been a poetry of sorts to start Twelfth Night auditions on the 6th of January, but we just can’t wait.
Looks like we’ve got a full audition roster today. Last year, I had no idea what to expect. As the cycle starts to repeat I’m going to go out on a limb and make some predictions.
Prediction 1: Personal cognitive dissonance will set in as I get to experience professionally run auditions and I’m not the one running them. All I need to do is show up with my note pad and this handy expanding file for keeping track of headshots and resumes. Wow. Thank you, Mr. Tom Reed. You’re amazing.
Prediction 2: My mind will be blown by the depth and range of the talent we will see. I love and admire my friends in the Chicagoland theatre world, but will happily stack up Milwaukee area talent.
Prediction 3: I will again be amazed at Tom Reed’s near photographic memory of audition pieces. After watching numerous actors and actresses, there’s that delightful part of the process where you start mixing and matching for the best cast combinations. This is when I have to pull out headshots, resumes and notes to refresh my memories. Not, Tom. He’s got everyone in his head and it’s almost like magic.
Looking forward to it.
Susan Scot Fry
Shakespeare in the Park is a labor of commitment and our love. It is the distillation of all the good we can help bring to the Milwaukee area and deserves the life that a couple thousand people have already poured into it. It is a newborn with potential beyond that of any one individual. It is not me, Ron, Tom, TJ, ML, Jim, Amanda, Jenni… any one person. It’s you and me and all of us.
Shakespeare in the Park is extremely expensive and Ron and I are out of personal capitol to put into it. We have fundraising ideas and are on the verge of kicking those into gear. This is Part A of What’s Next.
Shakespeare in the Park needs feet on the ground and hands in the mixing bowl. Many people have said, “I want to help.” Email me at SSFry@OptimistTheatre.org if you still mean it. We’ve got some stuff for you to do. Don’t be afraid. I will bet you’ll like it. The coming cold months, when we start to hunker indoors, are the perfect time to get directly involved.
Susan Scot Fry