And they ARE!
And THEY have promised to challenge two MORE people (each!) when their own fundraisers are complete!
If you think that's cool, you don't have to wait for the challenge to make its way to you!
You can start your very own challenge chain!
First (and especially) if your birthday is coming up soon, make a plan: decide how long you'd like to run your fundraiser (10-14 days seems manageable, but your mileage may vary), when you'd like to start it, what you'd like to say to your friends and family when you ask them to support Optimist Theatre (the entity registered with Facebook as a nonprofit; we do ask that you @ tag the Shakespeare in the Park page -- @ShaxParkMKE in your intro text).
Then, go to town! The image below shows you how/where to get started.
Promote your fundraiser while it's active. Think about a couple of your own friends with birthdays on the horizon who value free Shakespeare in Milwaukee. When your fundraiser ends, challenge them to do the same!
Finally, bask in our gratitude. Our fans are the best fans, and it's projects like this that just prove it!
Note: if you need help, contact us and we'll be happy to assist you.
Historians have assumed that the third child (and oldest surviving son) of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden was baptized at roughly three days old. April 23rd is a convenient date to designate, being that it is also St. George's Day (patron saint of England) AND the date on which Shakespeare died in 1616. The symmetry is just too much to let go.
But, of course, it is no longer the 16th century, and we love birthdays. So, we take advantage of the uncertainty surrounding wee Will's birth date to just celebrate for a week or more, calling it close enough, and then stuffing our faces with cake and iambic pentameter! Which is one of the ways that we'll be celebrating: Shakespeare in the Park Members will be gathering for some cake and fun at a party on Friday.
Give Will Birthday Gifts!!!
We're also giving you the opportunity to give Will some birthday gifts, in the form of supporting this year's production of Much Ado About Nothing!
Thanks for playing along with us -- and for supporting free professional performance of Shakespeare in Milwaukee!
2017's Shakespeare in the Park
will be presented at the Peck Pavilion at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts!!!!
Shakespeare in the Park is joining the Marcus Center's company as a new resident group. The Marcus Center has a rich history of providing top-notch free entertainment via their Live @ Peck Pavilion summer series. Inviting Shakespeare in the Park to join the fun is a natural partnership.
You can read the full press release here, issued today by Optimist Theatre.
There are a LOT of reasons that we are excited about this partnership, including the opportunity to enhance the audience experience, to broaden our community outreach...to offer you Saz's catering before the show (really!). We'll keep you informed as some of the new logistics of coming to this year's show come together.
In the meanwhile, pre-production is revving up: auditions and casting are in progress. We're fundraising like mad to ensure that we are able to meet all of our new obligations.
Of course, it's not at all too soon
to mark the 2017 Shakespeare in the Park
show dates for Much Ado About Nothing on your calendar:
Weekends, July 6-22, 2017
As with each step forward that Shakespeare in the Park has made over the last seven years, this is only possible because of a devoted core of donors and members who believe in our mission. Thank you for helping this new leap forward happen!
Of course, if you have questions about this change, contact Susan by e-mail or at 262.498.5777.
CAKES & ALE
A Surprise Birthday Party for William Shakespeare
We're putting together a REALLY fun evening, and look forward to seeing you all there. We'll also keep you posted when we're ready to reveal the entertainment line-up.
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| Silent Auction |
| Cash Bar |
Society6 is running a special where you can save 10% on your first order using code 106SOCIETY.
They frequently offers discounts and specials, so it's worth checking in with them, joining their mailing list or searching online for coupon codes.
Remember that showing your purchase acts both as a fundraiser and as advertising for Shakespeare in the Park. So, using your mug, carrying your tote bag, wearing your t-shirt -- it benefits twice over. Besides, who wouldn't want to style as part of such a cool club?!
If there's a particular design you'd like to see -- or create! -- drop us a line and let us know about it. We'll be continuing to build it out with additional designs, including the banner above and these:
Want us to let you know when we add new items/designs to the store?
We've made a dedicated mailing list for that.
Sign up and we'll keep you apprised.
Things we know:
We have created a new Shakespeare in the Park Summer Sponsor donor category that offers you the opportunity to avoid waiting in line to claim a space for your blanket or lawn chair at our performances.
For the 2015 season, one space may be reserved for each increment of $50 given.
Here’s what you need to know:
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We have added a Corporate Sponsorship page to our website for those businesses interested in supporting the arts to make Milwaukee an even better place to live and work.