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Shakespeare in the Park: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

June 24 - July 30

Shakespeare in the Park

In 2019, Milwaukee’s Free Shakespeare in the Park (SITP) celebrated 10 seasons of live, summertime performances of the works of the Bard of Avon. In 2020, Optimist Theatre kept their tradition of free Shakespeare alive with a new web series titled No Holds Bard. In 2021, they embrace the best of both experiences as they return to the stage with live performances of Shakespeare’s light-hearted and beloved “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” paired with a serialized web stream of No Holds Bard: The Midsummer Project.

Adding a new twist, “Midsummer” will be a touring production, using a mobile set designed for the company. Optimist anticipates 12 live matinee performances over six weekends beginning July 24-25 in multiple outdoor locations in the greater Milwaukee area. Conversations with potential hosts are well underway and, as they are confirmed, a calendar with specifics of when and where will be added to the Optimist Theatre website. “Midsummer” will be co-directed by M.L. Cogar, Optimist Theatre’s Dramaturg, and Tom Reed, Associate Artistic Director, and assistant-directed by Executive Director Susan Fry. Cogar has created a shortened version of the play for a cast of six actors playing multiple roles. The story will focus on the follies of the lovers and the foibles of the fairies Oberon and Puck and will run 60 to 75 minutes.

Following the success of Optimist’s 2020 offering No Holds Bard: The Pericles Project — a filmed 16-episode web series of “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” — they will also film this summer’s play under the co-direction of Fry, Cogar, and Reed. Fry is also an independent film producer. These episodes will stream as No Holds Bard: The Midsummer Project and are expected to air in the fall/winter of 2021.

According to Fry: “We’re happy and relieved to be joining the ranks of our fellow companies bringing live theatre back to audiences who are craving love, connection, and laughter. With our mobile set, we’ll be able to help fill that need anywhere there’s a piece of flat grass, an electrical outlet, and bathrooms within walking distance.” Fry adds, “This is also our opportunity to take our shows to green spaces all over Milwaukee. Connecting with all of our diverse communities is one of our cornerstones. It’s why we Optimists work so hard to keep our performances free. After all, All the world’s a stage!”

More information on the productions is available on the Optimist Theatre website at www.FreeShakespeareInThePark.org and the No Holds Bard website at www.NoHoldsBard.org. For the very latest developments, follow Shakespeare in the Park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShaxParkMKE or sign up for the e-newsletter on either website. For more information on Optimist Theatre and all its various programs, email Susan Fry at ssfry@optimisttheatre.org.

Venue

Various
Daytime or Sunset Cruise with Three Drinks for One at Red Witch 2 (Up to 47% Off)
15 Ratings
$50.00
$26.25

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Customers can enjoy an unforgettable cruise in a daytime with the wind blowing or at sunset while chasing the sun setting down

What You'll Get
  • Departure location: 500 4th Street, Kenosha, WI 53144, US
  • Departure time: by appointment
  • Age restrictions: must be 21 or more to receive alcoholic beverages
  • What’s included: three drinks

Red Witch 2

Red Witch offers an array of cruises including private and public events. The professional crew always strives to accommodate one’s individual needs and make sure Red Witch’s guests have the best time. But their biggest pride is Red Witch—a schooner based on a design by the famous naval architect, John Alden.

Fine Print
Online reservation required. Must provide 21+ ID to receive alcoholic beverages. Subject to weather. Refundable only if canceled by captain due to inclement weather. $3 Administrative fee. Do not bring drinks to boat. Limit 90 per person, may buy 90 additional as gift(s). Valid only for option purchased.
Locations
Petrifying Springs Estates (10 mi)
500 4th Street Kenosha, WI 53144
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Scooter Repairs at Classic Scooters USA (50% Off). Two Options Available.
1 Ratings
$150.00
$75.00

Maintenance for Aprilla Derbi, Genuine, Honda, Kawasaki, Keeway, Lance Powersport, Suzuki, Sym, Vespa, and Yamaha scooters

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Maintenance for Aprilla Derbi, Genuine, Honda, Kawasaki, Keeway, Lance Powersport, Suzuki, Sym, Vespa, and Yamaha scooters

What You'll Get

Choose Between Two Options

  • $75 for $150 worth of scooter services and repairs
  • $150 for $300 worth of scooter services and repairs
Fine Print
Limit 12 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Limit 1 per visit. Appointment required. 24-hr cancellation notice required. Not valid with other offers. Valid for Aprilla Derbi, Genuine, Honda, Kawasaki, Keeway, Lance Powersport, Suzuki, Sym, Vespa, Yamaha. May be repurchased every 365 days.
Locations
The Parkview (7.2 mi)
5144 Douglas Ave Racine, WI 53402
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9-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four Including Cart Rental at Washington Park Muni Golf Course (Up to 63% Off)
338 Ratings
$46.00
$21.75

A 9-hole course featuring rolling hills and lush greens warmly invites customers to enjoy playing a challenging round of golf

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A 9-hole course featuring rolling hills and lush greens warmly invites customers to enjoy playing a challenging round of golf

What You'll Get
  • Age restriction: must be 7 or older
Fine Print
Reservation required. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed voucher price). Limit 3 per person. Valid only for option purchased.
Locations
Washington (14.8 mi)
2205 Washington Road Kenosha, WI 53140
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One 12 Inch Pizza with Purchase of One Hour of Bowling at Guttormsen Recreation Center
41 Ratings
$0.00
$1.00

Receive One 12 Inch Pizza with Purchase of One Hour of Bowling

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Receive One 12 Inch Pizza with Purchase of One Hour of Bowling

What You'll Get

For $1, receive one 12 Inch Pizza with purchase of One Hour of Bowling.

Fine Print
Limit 12 per person. Offer valid only Monday through Thursday from open to close. Promotional value paid will be auto-refunded after expiration. This voucher is issued by the merchant. Additional fees may apply. May be repurchased every 365 days.
Locations
Nash (17.5 mi)
5411 Green Bay Road Kenosha, WI 53144
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Dance Lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Wisconsin (Up to 85% Off). Four Options Available.
221 Ratings
$98.00
$20.00

Highly-skilled dance professionals teach a variety of dances such as rumba, waltz, and tango, using the unique Fred Astaire Method

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Highly-skilled dance professionals teach a variety of dances such as rumba, waltz, and tango, using the unique Fred Astaire Method

What You'll Get
  • Types of dance:

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    • Mambo
    • Hustle
    • East Coast Swing
    • West Coast Swing
    • Merengue
    • Rumba
    • Cha-Cha
    • Samba
    • Bolero
    • Paso Doble
    • Jive
    • Argentine Tango
    • Foxtrot
    • Tango
    • Waltz
    • Viennese Waltz
    • Quickstep
    • Wedding
  • About the instructors: Highly-skilled instructors teach dance using the unique Fred Astaire Method. Hailing from around the world, teachers are actively competing, award-winning professionals, and gifted educators. Many have degrees in the fine arts and all have passed rigorous exams given by the Imperial Society of the Teachers of Dance and/or the Fred Astaire Curriculum certification.

Fine Print
Limit 1 per couple. Valid only for select locations. Reservation required. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid for clients active within the past 24 month(s). All goods or services must be used by the same person.
Locations
Longview (48.3 mi)
15760 W Capitol Dr Brookfield, WI 53005
Willowick Apartments (31.3 mi)
4868 S 74th St Greenfield, WI 53220
Downtown Milwaukee (35.7 mi)
625 E. Saint Paul Ave Milwaukee, WI 53202
Lexington Village Condominiums (20.9 mi)
9000 76th Street Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158
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Movie Club Membership for One, Three, or Six Months at Cinemark (Up to 16% Off)
598 Ratings
$9.99
$9.00

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  • Age restrictions: must be 18 or older.
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    • Member pricing for additional tickets
    • 20% off concessions
    • Waived online fees
    • Earn points for every purchase to redeem for great rewards
  • Check upcoming showtimes at a theater near you.
Fine Print
New customers only. Must be 18 or older. All sales final. Recipient must open Movie Club account, accept Movie Club Terms and Conditions and Cinemark USA, Inc. Privacy Policy and provide valid credit card information. Recipient credit card to be automatically charged after expiration of gift period. Account can be cancelled at any time. Limit 1 per person(s), may buy 2 additional as gift(s). Valid only for option purchased.
Locations
244 (19.5 mi)
7101 70th Court Kenosha, WI 53142
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