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Audition Notice for Shakespeare in the Park – 10th Anniversary Season

Optimist Theatre is accepting applications to audition for the 10th Anniversary the free Shakespeare in the Park production of The Comedy of Errors directed by ML Cogar and Ron Scot Fry.

Accepting submissions from both Equity and Non-Equity performers. Please email a current headshot and resume to Tom Reed at treed@optimisttheatre.org  for consideration.

Auditions will be January 26, 27, and 28th at Alverno College. Rehearsals begin May 13th. The Comedy of Errors opens June 27th and runs through July 13th for a total of 12 shows. Performances will be at the Peck Pavilion, adjacent to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Optimist Theatre is a Resident Partner of the Marcus Center.

Optimist Theatre encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages to submit for an auditions slot. Under the auspices of Optimist Theatre’s Small Professional Theatre Company contract with Actors’ Equity Association, EMC award points are possible via participation in this production.


Optimist Theatre is hiring for an Equity stage manager for the summer 2014 production of The Winter’s Tale.  Rehearsals begin May 6th and the production runs from June 13 – June 29.  If interested in the position please send a resume to Tom Reed at treed@optimisttheatre.org


 Optimist Theatre invites you to    

UNSPHERE THE STARS

— 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.

 

UNSPHERE THE STARS*

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.

 

When: 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Doors open 7:00 pm

Variety Show 8:00 pm

Silent Auction

 

Where:

Turner Hall Ballroom

1034 N 4th Street

Milwaukee, WI 53203

 

Why?

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.

 

AND

 

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.

 

Costs:

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

 

*

Verily!

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


Jar the Floor; The Play is coming to you from Alverno College Dance/ Theatre Department at Alverno College in Wehr Hall Auditorium directed by Tom Reed from Optimist Theatre, on the corner of 43rd street and Morgan. There is free and ample parking. Tickets are $10. Content is not suitable for children 13 and younger. This is the first time this production has been performed in Milwaukee, WI. Also, shows are Oct 18, 19, 25, 26. All shows began at 7:15 pm. Please be prompt.

There is a Facebook event page you can join…

https://www.facebook.com/events/531708530238795/

A quartet of black women spanning four generations makes up this heartwarming dramatic comedy.
The four, plus the white woman friend of the youngest, come together to celebrate the matriarch’s ninetieth birthday. It’s a wild party, one that is a lovable lunatic glance at the exhilarating challenge of growing old amidst the exasperating trials of growing up.


Optimist Theatre opens As You Like It this weekend!  My suggestion is that you get there early to stake out a seat.  And bring along a picnic basket and bottle of wine or two.  You’ll want something to sit on as well, so bring a blanket, pillow or chair.  And it’s all free, so get your Bard on!

For those of you not familiar with Kadish Park, it’s off North Avenue just West of Humboldt where the road twists around the Veteran’s memorial.  The park overlooks Commerce Street, the site of Lakefront Brewery.  You can also park down there and walk up the hill.  The park truly has one of the best views of the city.

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AS YOU LIKE IT will be presented free of charge on

July 12, 13, 14, 2013

July 18, 19, 20 and 21, 2013

Special invitation only media preview night July 11, 2013

Curtain is at 8:00 pm nightly.  Access to the open-air terraced seating area will begin at approximately 7:00 pm.

No Reservations or Tickets Required

AS YOU LIKE IT is presented free of charge and seating is first come, first served.  You’re welcome to come early, picnic and enjoy the park and the view.  When the seating area opens at approximately 7:00 pm, you will be able to stake out your seating area.  Ushers will be on hand to guide and help you.

We estimate that we will be able to seat at least 150 and 170 people within the terraced seating.  Grass seating adjacent to the terraces will also be open for viewing the play.

Where

Performances will be held at Alice Bertschy Kadish Park in Milwaukee.  Kadish Park is located at 308 E. Lloyd Street in Milwaukee.

Parking

There’s plenty of free street parking surrounding Kadish Park along E. Garfield Avenue, N. Commerce St., the east end of E. Reservoir Ave., and the south end of N. Booth St.  We’re also welcome to use the COA facility parking lots at 909 E. North Avenue.

Accessibility

Kadish Park is accessible to wheelchairs by entering via the Oak Leaf Trail bike path at the end of E. Glover Avenue.

Kadish Park is a great location.

·      It’s at a crossroads where four neighborhoods meet

·      The amphitheater overlooks the beautiful Milwaukee city skyline

·      There is  free street parking

·      It boasts an open, sizeable, terraced seating area for our growing audiences.  Translation:  No seating reservations required!  Simply show up, enjoy the public park (picnic, anyone?) and stake out some space in the seating area when the ‘house’ opens up before each performance.  More details on how this works will be available on the Optimist Theatre blog as we get closer to the performance dates.


You’re Invited to…

Optimist Theatre’s “All the World’s a Stage Sonnet Slam” to Support Free Shakespeare in the Park

All the world’s a stage,

and all the men and women, merely players-

they have their exits and their entrances,

and one man in his time plays many parts,

his acts being seven ages.

As You Like It Act 2 scene 7, 139-143

Please join us and play your part upon the stage at Optimist Theatre’s “All the World’s a Stage Sonnet Slam”.  What’s a Sonnet Slam?  It’s a fun, optimistic party jam-packed with sonnets and laughter in a delicious setting.  Appetizers and pizza provided by Transfer Pizzeria, sonnets presented by As You Like It actors Todd Denning and Kristin Hammargren plus special guests including: “Fast” Fres Oquendo* the currently ranked #5 Heavyweight and former WBC, WBO & WBA Latino Heavyweight, and NABF, NABA & USBA Heavyweight boxing champion.

Got a Sonnet?  Give it!  There will be 3 sonnet sessions throughout the evening.  Sonnets do not have to be memorized and they don’t have to be by Shakespeare.  Proceeds support 2013’s free Shakespeare in the Park.

When: Monday, May 13, 2013 – from 8:00pm to 11:00pm

Where:

Transfer Pizzeria and Cafe

101 West Mitchell Street (in Bay View)

Milwaukee, WI 53204

Parking: Free parking along Mitchell Street

Cost: $35 per person.  $20 per ticket is tax deductible. Space is limited, so don’t wait.

100% of your ticket purchase goes to support free Shakespeare in the Park and $20 is tax deductible.  To purchase tickets, click the BUY NOW button at…

More Information:  Tom Reed treed@optimisttheatre.org or 414-524-9050

*Fres Oquendo appears courtesy of FOBA 

About Optimist Theatre:

Optimist Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit theatre company that produces free Shakespeare in the Park for the greater Milwaukee area.  Shakespeare in the Park is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board.

 


Last summer Milwaukee experienced free SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK.   A good time was had by all so we’re doing it again, and we want you to be part of it. 

AN INVITATION… 

You are invited to enjoy an evening of entertainment at a fundraiser to benefit free Shakespeare in the Park that we’re calling … 

PLAY ON! 

“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) BUT this project is as much about celebrating Milwaukee area artists as it is about raising funds to pay artists, so we’re again inviting Bunny Gumbo blog readers to revel at an artists rate of $15.  Just tell the good people at the ticket table that you would like the artist rate ticket.  

Entertainment Highlights

Our evening of Play will include a fabulous silent auction, snacks and drinks, snippets from Twelfth Night (courtesy of 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 audience 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 brings 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. 

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 

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!

Thank you for helping bring free Shakespeare in the Park to Milwaukee.  We hope to see you on Saturday!

Optimistically,

Susan Scot Fry                                                             

SSFry@OptimistTheatre.org

262-498-5777                                 

* Members of Actors Equity Association


Optimist Theatre is Seeking…

Guess what happens when you present a wonderful event like free Shakespeare in the Park? People go. Happy people. People who are anticipating a lovely time.

That lovely time includes a variety of points of contact which take some work to do well. It’s fun work, but needs to be done. To that end, Optimist Theatre is seeking a Merchandise Director and a Food and Beverage Director.

This is a start-up opportunity, so if you’re a bootstrapper like all the other highly motivated people who are involved with free Shakespeare in the Park, you should consider contacting us.   These are independent contractor positions.

SSFry@OptimistTheatre.org

Optimistically,
Susan Scot Fry


Optimist Theatre Announces Auditions for Twelfth Night 

Optimist Theatre is accepting audition appointments for their 2011 free Shakespeare in the Park production,Twelfth Night. 

Twelfth Night will feature Mr. James Pickering* as Malvolio. Director Laura Gordon** has also cast Tom Reed* as Feste and Ron Scot Fry as Sir Andrew Aguecheek.  Mr. Reed is Optimist Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director and Mr. Fry is their Artistic Director.  

Auditions will be held at Alverno College on January 3 and 31 and February 4 and 5, 2011.  Optimist Theatre will also be attending the Milwaukee General Auditions in February.  Anyone interested in auditioning should email a headshot and resume to Tom Reed at Treed@OptimistTheatre.org .   

 Rehearsals begin on May 10, 2011.  Performances will be June 16 through 26, 2011, with the possibility of extending one additional weekend.  Shakespeare in the Park is performed entirely outdoors on the campus of Alverno College. 

For more information, visit

www.OptimistTheatre.org

www.facebook.com/OptimistTheatre

www.optimisttheatre.wordpress.com

www.youtube.com/OptimistTheatre

 * Member of Actors’ Equity Association

** Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society


Greetings all! 

This is Alan Piotrowicz, production manager for Optimist Theatre’s Tempest, the free Shakespeare in the Park for summer 2010! 

Volunteers

We are in need of the help of a few strong volunteers who don’t mind throwing around chairs and tarps after shows.  Dates are June 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, and 27th.  All shows are at the Alverno College campus.

 Tarps

Also, if anyone has tarps that we could borrow for the tech and run (June 13th-June 27th), we would love the help. 

Pop-up Tent

We are also looking for two pop-up gazebo-style tents to help shelter our equipment and check-in tables.  If you have something like this, please let us know if we could borrow it for the run (June 18th-27th).

If you can help with any of these things, please contact me at apiotrowicz@me.com

Thanks!

Alan