Optimist Theatre invites you to    


— Our fabulously fun fundraiser variety show.

Betrayal, Bears, and Bohemia — oh my! Free Shakespeare in the Park 2014 will present the comedy THE WINTER’S TALE. But first, we need your help.



Starring Optimist Theatre comedic favorite, Mr. Phil Johnson whose sublimely hilarious physical and musical comedy is a huge hit every year.


Get your tickets now.



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Doors open 7:00 pm

Variety Show 8:00 pm

Silent Auction



Turner Hall Ballroom

1034 N 4th Street

Milwaukee, WI 53203



You will help bring THE WINTER’S TALE to Milwaukee for 12 days in June of 2014. That means that a mind-boggling 4,200 people will get to enjoy free, professional theatre this summer thanks to you.




BMO Harris Bank, Shakespeare in the Park’s Presenting Sponsor, has issued a matching challenge grant. All proceeds from UNSPHERE THE STARS will help meet that challenge. If we meet it, the show goes one. If we don’t, it doesn’t. Pretty simple.



Single tickets are a bargain at only $35; a table of 6 (Up Front!) is $300.

~ $20 per ticket is tax deductible ~


To purchase tickets or a table or to make a donation, please CLICK HERE to visit the Optimist Theatre support webpage.


Thank you for helping make the dream of free Shakespeare in the Park a reality. We couldn’t do it without you.


More Info:

Please email Susan Fry, Managing Director at SSFry@OptimistTheatre.org




You put me off with limber vows; but I,

Though you would seek to unsphere the

stars with oaths,

Should yet say ‘Sir, no going.’ Verily,

You shall not go: a lady’s ‘Verily’ ‘s

As potent as a lord’s. Will you go yet?

Force me to keep you as a prisoner,

Not like a guest; so you shall pay your fees

When you depart, and save your thanks. How say you?

My prisoner? or my guest? by your dread ‘Verily,’

One of them you shall be.

Hermione, THE WINTER’S TALE, Act 1, sc. ii