In all of the excitement of this summer's The Winter's Tale, we neglected to share with you a guest blog that our own Ron Scot Fry wrote for the Wisconsin Humanities Council.
In fact, he wrote this piece during a rehearsal for the show. But, what better time or place to address his topic, "why Shakespeare matters -- especially for kids?"
So, without further ado, give it a read!
Nine changes of the watery star hath been
The shepherd's note since we have left our throne
Without a burthen: time as long again
Would be find up, my brother, with our thanks;
And yet we should, for perpetuity,
Go hence in debt: and therefore, like a cipher,
Yet standing in rich place, I multiply
With one 'We thank you' many thousands more
That go before it.
Polixenes, THE WINTER'S TALE, Act I, sc. 1
Thank you, Milwaukee. That was awesome.
During the show last night, I received a text from Laura, a friend who had seen THE WINTER'S TALE already. She wrote:
"I was on a flight to New York yesterday and randomly overheard the woman behind me talking about the Shakespeare in the Park production of Winter's Tale that she'd attended. She said it was the best she'd ever seen."
Wild. Thank you, Laura. That was a delight to share with the cast and crew backstage.
Great show. Standing O. That is all.
Thank you all for coming to the show tonight. You rocked. Especially you. You were my favorite. See you next Thursday.
Sharing some kind words from Mr. Dan Schley:
Optimist Theatre has done it again. On a foggy night, on a hill overlooking Milwaukee, they took me right into the world and William Shakespeare and The Winter's Tale. It is great to be able to see such a fabulous group of Milwaukee artists open up a show that I had yet to see. And true to form, I can continue to answer when asked "What's your favorite Shakespeare play?" it's the last one I saw. Thanks to Ron Scot Fry, Susan Scot Fry, Tom Reed, and everyone involved in that experience. The show runs this weekend and next. It's free. And it's fabulous!
Quote of the Day: June 14th production of THE WINTER'S TALE...
"I've lived in this neighborhood for 25 years, and this almost brings tears to my eyes, I've always dreamed of something like this for Kilbourn Park."
-a Shakespeare in the Park Patron
(Thank you. It's our dream too.)
THE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK AUDIENCE ROCKS!!! THE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK CAST AND CREW ROLLS!!!!
Rain? Hah! We laugh in the face of rain. It started pouring and the backstage crew started ferrying cast members to their entrances with umbrellas. The audience stayed - soaked to the skin, digging the show, and dedicated to seeing it through.
We ended up calling the show when there was no way you could hear the actors over the rain battering the stage roof.
Thank you. I'm humbled and amazed by your dedication, go-for-it attitude and stamina.
Mr. Tom Strini shares some wonderful thoughts at THE WINTER'S TALE. We'll greatly miss your insightful art reviews when you move to Colorado, sir. In the meantime, thank you for coming to this show!
Sharing a very kind comment from an audience member who came to last night's show:
Last night was my first time at Optimist Theatre. It will not be my last. This is a real jewel, the much below normal June temperature was hard, but it could not put a chill on the fantastic performance.