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
Ramble through the forest of Arden with the cast for Shakespeare in the Park’s 2013 production of AS YOU LIKE IT.
Thanks to a little help from our friends, Optimist Theatre is off to a great start on making Shakespeare in the Park 2013 a reality. An update…
BMO Harris Challenge Grant / Kickstarter Status
We’re almost 78% funded!
As of February 20, Optimist Theatre has raised a total of $15,536 in pledges and donations toward BMO Harris’ $20,000 challenge grant. With 7 days left to raise the remaining $4,464, we’re optimistic.
Optimist Theatre is raising a large portion of these funds through a Kickstarter campaign. If you aren’t familiar with Kickstarter, it’s a great way for non-profit organizations to fund a specific project.
Since we launched this campaign, we’re proud to note that the Shakespeare in the Park 2013 project has been selected by the Kickstarter organization as both the Project Pick of the Day (among the thousands of other causes) and as a Staff Pick for Milwaukee projects.
If we meet our goal, Kickstarter turns your pledge into money by charging your credit card. If we don’t make it, then you don’t get charged and Optimist Theatre does not get any money.
Our deadline to tally pledges for the challenge grant is the end of the day February 28, 2013.
When meet their challenge, BMO Harris will turn every $1 you give to $2.
AS YOU LIKE IT News
Mr. Tom Reed,* Director
Ms. Tess Cinpinski as Phoebe
Mr. Todd Denning* as Touchstone
Mr. Christopher Elst as
Ms. Alison Mary Forbes as Amiens
Mr. David Franz as Oliver
Mr. James Fletcher* as Duke Senor/Duke Frederick
Mr. Clayton Hamburg as Orlando
Ms. Kristin Hammargren as
Mr. Evan Koepnick as Silvius
Mr. Patrick Lawlor* as Jacques
Mr. Bryce Lord as Adam/Corin
Mr. Emmit Morgans as Le Beau
Ms. Tamsyn Reed as Lady Page
Ms. Genesee Spridco as Audrey
Ms. Sara Zientek as Celia
In addition to these actors and roles, Optimist Theatre will again cast a young company of players. In THE TEMPEST, they were The Tribe; TWELFTH NIGHT had The Nocturnes; and they were The Coven for MACBETH. For AS YOU LIKE IT, we will have The Guild.
Ongoing announcements, including casting for The Guild, will be posted here on the Optimist Theatre blog.
Location: Performances will be held at the brand new amphitheatre in Kadish Park overlooking the beautiful downtown Milwaukee skyline.
*Members of Actors Equity Association.
AS YOU LIKE IT Fun
FUN 1: Yet again, Shakespeare has his heroine dress as a boy to escape detection. Ah, Rosalind. But hey, if it works once (or 4 or 5 times)…
QUIZ: What name does Rosalind assume as a boy in disguise?
FUN 2: In the original text, there are actually two characters named Jaques in AS YOU LIKE It. One is a melancholy lord attending to Duke Senior, the other is Jaques de Boys, the brother of Oliver and Orlando.
QUIZ: Which Jaques delivers the famous “All the world’s a stage” speech?
FUN 3: Musical Comedy? AS YOU LIKE IT has more songs in it than any other Shakespeare play.
QUIZ: How many songs are featured in AS YOU LIKE IT?
Community Partner News: MKEFoodies
MKEFoodies is a group of ordinary Milwaukeeans who enjoy food, drink, and socializing. More importantly, it’s a collective that believes that community is vital, and that giving back makes a big difference.
Shakespeare in the Park has been selected to benefit from MKEFoodies’ February gathering.
Thank you. We are honored.
Watch for more updates
To see how the pledge drive is going, check in on our Kickstarter or on our Facebook page.
Thank you for your consideration and support. Here’s to a shining 2013 and we’ll see you at Kadish Park!
Susan Scot Fry
Optimist Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit theatre company. All donations are 100% tax deductible. For more information, visit www.OptimistTheatre.org.