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Joint auditions for Bard & Bourbon’s

Julius Caesar (drunk) and The Tempest (drunk)


Auditions: Monday, January 28th 5:00pm-9:00pm – sign up at  to reserve an audition time

Callbacks: Saturday, Feb 2nd 9am-12pm


If you attended Milwaukee General Auditions and performed a classical monologue, or have acted for Bard & Bourbon before, you do NOT need to attend initial auditions.  Instead, please email to express interest in being considered for callbacks.


These productions will incorporate extensive double casting and nontraditional casting.  Actors of all ages, body types, genders, races, and physical abilities are encouraged to audition. Real alcohol will be consumed onstage. Non-drinking roles are available. 


Julius Caesar runs March 13-17

The Tempest runs May 22-26


Auditions will be held at the Underground Collaborative on the lower level of the Shops of Grand Avenue – 161 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203.

Please prepare a classical monologue of no more than 2 minutes and bring a headshot and resume.  You may also be asked to read from the script.

Plan on arriving at least 10 minutes prior to your audition to sign in and fill out a short form.


For more information contact


To sign up, visit

Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest
Directed by Leda Hoffmann
Milwaukee Combined AEA and non-AEA auditions
Monday, Dec 15th 5pm-9pm
Chicago non-AEA Auditions
Tuesday Dec 16th 6pm-9pm
Chicago AEA Auditions at the Actors’ Equity Building at 557 W. Randolph
Tues Dec 16th and Wed Dec 17th
If you would like to be considered for the Milwaukee or non-AEA Chicago auditions, please send a current headshot and resume to Please include the city in which you wish to audition as well as times that you are available.
Please prepare two contrasting Shakespeare monologues, not to exceed four minutes.
Contract dates include the following:
First Rehearsal, June 8th
First Preview June 30th
Season runs July 3rd – August 15th.
Rehearsals and performances take place in Baileys Harbor, Door County.

Greetings all! 

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


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.


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



This summer Milwaukee will experience, free of charge to the audience … 


Created by Milwaukee’s Optimist Theatre and performed outdoors on the campus of Alverno College, our premier production will be The Tempest, starring James Pickering as Prospero, Angela Iannone as Ariel and Tom Reed as Caliban.  Featuring an original music score composed by award-winner composer, TJ Hull, The Tempest will be directed by Optimist Theatre’s Artistic Director Ron Scot Fry.


We invite you to enjoy an evening of entertainment with us at a fundraiser to benefit free Shakespeare in the Park that we’re calling … 


“How beauteous mankind is.  O brave new world, that hath such people in’t.”             

The Tempest  Act V Scene i

 Saturday, January 30, 2010

Reception at 7:00 pm / Show begins at 8:00 pm

Alverno College 

The Teaching, Learning and Technology Center

3400 S. 43rd Street – Milwaukee, WI  53234 

Event admission is $35 per person 

The Artists Rate is $15.00 per person at the door.  

To get this rate, please tell one of the charming people accepting payment that you’d like the Artists Rate. 

If you are unable to attend “Brave New World” please consider making a 100% tax-deductible donation to support Shakespeare in the Park.   Visit the Optimist Theatre website at for the donations link. 

Brave New World entertainment will feature… 

Milwaukee Funny Man, Patrick Schmitz as emcee 

The Best of 2009 music of the Jeanna Salzer Trio 

Molly Rhode, Alissa Rhode and Chase Stoeger and their feisty folk music 

Comedy improv with Meanwhile

A silent auction featuring great stuff like airplane tickets and Jim Pickering’s voice on your answering machine 

Walk-around character talents of Jane the Phoole and William Shakespeare 

… and a preview of the original music score being written for The Tempest performed by the Full Fathom Four

Thank you for helping bring free Shakespeare in the Park to the great city of Milwaukee.

Optimist Theatre is holding Equity and Non-Equity auditions for The TempestThe Tempest is Optimist theatre’s debut production of our first annual Shakespeare in the Park.   Auditions will be from 4-9pm on Feb. 5th and 10am-6pm on Feb. 6th on the Alverno College campus.  Park in the parking lot on the corner of 39th and Morgan.  Go in the front door of Alphonsa Hall.  Someone will be right inside the front door to assist you.

Those interested in auditioning please send a HS/resume  with you preferred audition time and day.    The roles of Prospero, Ariel, and Caliban have already been cast.

Shakespeare in the Park is bringing Shakespeare back to Milwaukee this summer.  Shakespeare in the Park will present The Tempest at the Alumni Courtyard of Alverno College, June 18th – 20th and June 24th – 27th.  Veteran actor, Jim Pickering, has signed on to play the role of Prospero.

Best of all, the performances will be free.  Shakespeare in the Park received a $10,000 grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board.  Ron Fry, who along with his wife Susan have spent the last 19 years running Bristol Renaissance Fair, will be directing the production.

The festival is a collaboration between Ron and Susan Fry, Tom Reed, and M.L. Cogar.  Tom Reed is a professor at Alverno College and was one of the producer’s of  Henry V last spring at Marquette’s Helfaer Theatre.

Shakespeare in the Park has started a fundraising campaign called Bard for a BuckBard for a Buck asks you to donate a single dollar to the venture and then invite five others to do so as well.  To donate, go to and click on the link.

Alverno College is located at 3400 South 43rd Street on Milwaukee’s south side.  There is a parking garage and parking lots that are located close to the main entrance for the college on South 43rd St.  An indoor venue will be available in case of inclement weather.

For more information contact Ron Scot Fry at or call 262-498-9788.