February 10, 2014 at 11:27 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Are you planning on joining Optimist Theatre for our 2014 winter fundraiser party, UNSPHERE THE START?  Excellent!  Some details that will make it easier to plan your evening:

First off, your ticket purchase will not only help us meet the BMO Harris challenge grant, but $20 per ticket is tax deductible.  Optimist Theatre’s tax ID number is 39-1769252.  If you need a direct receipt, please contact ssfry@optimisttheatre.org after the event and we’ll be happy to get one to you.

Tickets are $35.00 per person.  I’m sorry, but we cannot sell tables at the door because they are pre-set before the event begins.

We will accept cash, check or credit at the door.


On the evening of Wednesday, February 12, 2013, the party begins at 7:00 pm.


UNSPHERE THE STARS will be a fabulously fun fundraiser variety starring a number of brilliant music talent and Optimist Theatre comedic favorite, Mr. Phil Johnson.  Phil’s sublimely hilarious physical and musical comedy is a huge hit every year. http://www.philipearl.com

Enjoy the excellent selection and values in our silent auction.  Cash, checks and credit cards will all be gratefully accepted and any amount paid over retail value will be tax deductible.


Turner Hall

1040 N. 4th St.

Milwaukee, WI 53203.

We will be upstairs in the ballroom.

Please note:  Turner Hall is a non-smoking building.


Parking at Turner Hall is primarily in the paid lots adjacent and nearby metered streets.

Note:  There is a basketball game at the Bradley Center the night of February 12th, so give yourself plenty of time to find parking.

Directions and Detailed Parking Information:  http://pabsttheater.org/pages/directions


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at SSFry@OptimistTheatre.org or 262-498-5777.

Thank you again for your Optimistic support.  Together, we’ll continue to bring free Shakespeare in the Park to Greater Milwaukee – and have a great time doing it.


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WE DID IT!!! Shakespeare in the Park 2013 WILL HAPPEN

February 24, 2013 at 9:32 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

FORGIVE,  I mean, Forgive the caps and the excessive use of exclamation points, please.  BUT, REALLY!  I MEAN, REALLY!! 

The Shakespeare in the Park Kickstarter campaign is 100% funded (plus $31) as of this beautiful, sunny, snowy Sunday morning.

Hallelujah and pass the “All the world’s a stage”.

The success of this campaign means that Optimist Theatre has met the BMO Harris challenge grant offer.  That grant, combined with the $20,000 in donations and pledges tallied by us = Shakespeare in the Park 2013.

More details on the production, dates, directions, special events, fun stuff, etc will be forthcoming.  In the meantime, we dance like muppets and invite every single one of you to join in the glee.

Thank you to the 210 people who have made this possible for us all.  You are heroes. 


Susan Scot Fry

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Announcing the Cast for Macbeth

April 27, 2012 at 10:09 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

ImageOptimist Theatre is proud to announce the cast for this season’s free Shakespeare in the Park production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Libby Amato as Witch Vengeance and Lady Macduff

Michael Cotey as Malcolm

Tom Dillon as Seyton

Kelly Doherty as Witch Novice

David Ferrie as Old Seyward

Marti Gobel* as Lady Macbeth

Tim Linn as Banquo

Beth Monhollen as Rosse

Emmitt Morgans as Lennox

Angel Mullen as Witch Wisdom and Gentlewoman

James Pickering* as Duncan and the Porter

Tom Reed* as Macbeth

Andrew Voss as Macduff

Ken Williams as Angus

The Coven (Murderers, Familiars, Mystics, Servants, and Soldiers):

David Franz, Evan Koepnick, Mack Folkert (Fleance), Kat Gilbert, Liz Mistele (Young Macduff), Andrew Parchman, Tamsyn Reed, Eric Schabla (Young Seyward), and Sara Zientek.

Macbeth will be directed by Optimist Theatre’s Artistic Director, Ron Scot Fry.  Dramaturgy and Assistant Directing by ML Cogar, Stage Management by Melissa Wanke*, Lighting Design by Jason Fassl and Ross Zentner and Costume Design by Eleanor Cotey. 

Macbeth will be performed outdoors on the campus of Alverno College June 21 through June 24 and June 28 through July 1.  Seating reservations will be available beginning May 20 and tickets are again free.  To receive notice that reservations are available, please sign up for Optimist Theatre’s e-newsletter at www.OptimistTheatre.org/Contact.

Optimist Theatre has been presenting free Shakespeare in the Park for greater Milwaukee since 2010 and is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board and our gracious host Alverno College.  For more information, please visit http://www.OptimistTheatre.org.


* Member of Actors Equity Association

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It’s time for the Milwaukee Generals

January 25, 2010 at 8:38 am (Uncategorized)

Look for Optimist Theatre’s Artistic Director, Ron Scot Fry and Associate Artistic Director, Tom Reed at the Milwaukee General Auditions today and tomorrow.  We’re almost booked solid for our Tempest-specific auditions on February 5 and 6, so this will be a great opportunity for us to see even more talent.  Me — I’m driving around picking up stuff for the silent auction for the Brave New World fundraiser this Saturday.

Hope we see you one place or the other!

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