Announcing the cast and crew for The Tempest

March 30, 2010 at 11:51 am (Optimist Theatre Updates, The Tempest Updates) (, , , , )

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on …”

The dream is Free Shakespeare in the Park.  And this summer, for the first time ever in the Festival City of Milwaukee, the dream will come true.  Outdoors in the courtyard of Alverno College, Optimist Theatre will produce The Tempest, Shakespeare’s masterpiece of magic, humor, forgiveness, and redemption. The production will be completely free to the audience, but of the highest creative caliber – simple, fierce, and imaginative.  Directed by Ron Scot Fry, Optimist Theatre’s Artistic Director, the cast includes…

Photo by John Neinhuis

James Pickering*. . . Prospero

Angela Iannone* . . . Ariel

Tom Reed* . . . Caliban

Jocelyn Fitz-Gibbon . . .  Miranda

Andrew Voss . . . Ferdinand

Jacque Troy . . . Antonio

Neil Haven . . . Sebastian

T. Stacy Hicks . . . King Alonso

Flora Coker . . . Gonzalo

Ken Williams . . . Stephano / Mariners

David Flores . . . Trinculo / Mariners

Master . . . Andrew Parchman

Boatswain . . . Tommy Stevens

The company ensemble aka “The Tribe” . . .  Amie Losi, Allie Babich, Na Tasha Carr, Grace DeWolff, Cassondra Gresl, Trevor Olds, Tamsyn Reed, Eric Schabla, Tommy Stevens, Andrew Parchman, and Sara Zientek.

Managing Director . . . Susan Scot Fry

Dramaturg and Assistant Director . . . ML Cogar

Lighting Design . . . Jason Fassl

Stage Manager . . . Melissa Wanke*

Production Manager . . . Alan Piotrowicz

Tribe Costumer . . . Mel Benson

Costume Coordinator . . . Alex Tacoma

Original music composed by T.J. Hull and played by The Full Fathom Four, which include Hull, Amanda Caretta-Hull, Emily Rhode-Terrien, and Jeff Sturgeon

Puppet Design and Construction . . . Milwaukee Mask and Puppet Theatre, Artistic Director Max Samson

Managing Director Assistant Intern . . . Na Tasha Carr

Stage Management Intern . . . Kate Krakow

Podcast Filmographer . . . Christina Mata

Displays Artist . . . Estephanie Mendoza

The Tempest will run June 18 – 20 and 24 – 27.  “Milwaukee has incredible talent, and Shakespeare in the Park is a great opportunity to showcase that talent,” said Fry.  “We have the privilege of premiering this project with a brilliant ensemble of actors, musicians, and visual artists.  I’m looking forward to a rich, collaborative creative process.”

Optimist Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit theatre company.  Shakespeare in the Park is made possible by Alverno College, a Creative Communities Grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board and individual donor contributions.  For more information on Optimist Theatre, free Shakespeare in the Park or The Tempest, contact Susan Scot Fry, Managing Director at or 262-498-5777 or visit the Optimist Theatre website at


Susan Fry

2010 N. 1st Street

Milwaukee, WI  53212


*  Member of Actor’s Equity.

updated 5-19-10



  1. Lee Ernst said,

    It looks like I have the honor, on this site at least, to be the first to wish you success. Break a leg, y’all!!

  2. Dan Schley said,

    Great looking cast! Another step down on the way to success! I’m pulling for you! This is going to be fabulous!

  3. Ken & Cate said,

    We’ll be there if we possibly can. Bon voyage and break all legs!

    Ken and Cate

  4. henry strozier said,

    James, he talks a lot ,but it’s said to be a great play, and i’m sure you’ll have a good time, as long as you don’t do matinees outdoors. don’t throw your staff at the director. love, horace

  5. Mari-Anne Hechmann said,

    Personally, and I am sure, on behalf of Alverno’s 13,000+ alumnae…a warm welcome to Alverno College and our Alumnae Courtyard this summer!
    It is always a great thrill, and for some a once in a lifetime experience, to be at the beginning of something great…and know it!
    The Tempest, and all who are involved in bringing forth thisproduction, will surely be remembered in years to come as the solid foundation of a “Greater Milwaukee tradition”, second to none in all of the Midwest…and the beginning of something great!
    Mari-Anne Hechmann
    Alverno Alum ’91 and Trustee

  6. A-E Shapera said,

    Hearty congratulations! It’s going to be fantastic!

  7. Jim said,

    Thanks to everyone for the good wishes. I think we’ll work hard, have fun, and be present at the conception of a great thing Milwaukee artists and audiences can share right here at home.

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