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CAST LIST as of 6-15-21:
Jesse Navagh: Antipholus of Syracuse
Jay Merante: Dromio of Syracuse
Aaron Alexander: Antipholus of Ephesus
Brian O'Connor: Dromio of Ephesus
Alyssa Otoski-Keim: Adriana
Emily Augello: Luciana
Dan Stevens: Angelo
Peter Andres: Duke Solinus
Jack Sherman: Aegeon
Nora O'Dea: Aemilia
Ben Hayes: Officer
Maria Coleman: Courtezan
Janis Scaturo: Doctor Pinch
Jim Byrne: Merchant
Kassandra Melendez-Ramirez: Clown
Kristina Rusho: Clown
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 17, 2021
Celebrating Shakespeare's 457th birthday... Aaron Alexander and Alyssa Otoski-Keim flirt in Pandarus' Garden (located today at OCPL's Soule Branch Library) Get you advance tickets only at:
June 4-13, 2021, Thornden Park's beautiful Amphitheatre, Fir/Sat 5:30 pm, Sun 2 pm
Listen to what our audience said:
As a 501 (c) (3) organization we are prohibited from taking overtly political stands, but we feel this statement is one of humanity, justice and equality... not politics.
*The ballet at the beginning was excellent. The sound system was terrific- we could hear every word. Great production. The cast made the most of Shakespeare’s humor. The music added a lot.
*Great job. We have been missing live theatre so much.
It was lovely to be able to continue our SSITP tradition.
*I have been coming with my friend for years. It is something we look forward to each summer.
*Thank you for making this happen- it couldn’t have been easy with COVID-19 regulations. As always, we love coming. The venue and the actors are excellent.
*The acting was talented. Thank you.
*Very nice setting. Well organized. Well done.
*I liked the set paintings. What a lovely evening. Thank you.
*Thank you for doing this during this trying time. Your effort is greatly appreciated.
*Ben Hayes performed exceptionally well.
*Great preparations for current COVID conditions. There wasn’t a moment not enjoyable the entire performance. *Thank you for sharing the experience with us AND making this experience affordable for everyone. Absolutely a plus in these trying times of COVID. Everyone has been so nice. Thanks again. My buddy is involved in your play so I will be kept in touch.
*Greatly enjoyed the show. Excellent acting. And thanks for all the COVID precautions- well done! Nice to enjoy live theatre.
*Another excellent production.
*I thought it was funny and well done.
*Lots of fun.
*Bravo. We enjoyed the show. I follow you on FB.
*Very well done.
*Nice show. So good to get out for some culture after being cooped up. Thank you for doing this live.
*SSITP is awesome. It makes summer in Syracuse civilized. The joy of the outdoor amphitheater can’t be beat. Thank you to all.
*Great show. Thanks for coming through the pandemic. Stay well.
*I liked how all the action was on the stage. It was lovely to add ballet and the guitarist. I also loved the bird sounds to signify being outdoors. Beatrice was wonderful.
*I liked the set up and Beatrice and Benedick.
*Amazing- such a fun play and the actors did a great job. *I loved the show. I found many of the actors to be extraordinary. What a wonderful thing to do.
*Excellent entertaining- well cast, funny and thoroughly enjoyable. Nice to be out, social distanced, enjoying wonderful local theatre.
*Thank you so much for putting this on.
*The story was very enjoyable and the atmosphere of the park was wonderful.
*Great job as always. Thanks for putting on a show during this difficult time. Actors were wonderful.
*This was so well planned and executed. I thought everyone was so funny, especially Rebekah and David.
*So enjoyable. Cast was very expressive and impressive. Didn’t miss a beat even when there was an electrical
fluke. Thank you for an entertaining Sunday.
*Benedick (Merante) was excellent. Beatrice (Tadros) was also awesome. Their reactions and body language were really enjoyable.
*Really liked Benedick- awesome job.
*Very good show. I appreciate the family-friendliness. *Very good play.
*Great show. Actors were wonderful. Kudos on the sound. Peter was great on the guitar.
*Well-acted and directed- I laughed and thoroughly enjoyed.
*So happy to hear that you were continuing production
this year even with the pandemic. One of my favorite summer activities, one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. *Very entertaining & well done.
*Great show as always. Glad it was able to take place.
*A wonderful performance, as always. Thank you.
*Loved the guitar.
*Amazing show. Loved all the actors.
*Thank you for putting on the performance.
*Super fun and well-acted.
*Aaron was swell at singing that little ditty. Comedy great. *A wonderful experience.
*My favorite Shakespearean piece presented beautifully. Brava.
*My hearing aids do not do credit to the fine audio system and good diction of actors.
*Such a delight on a perfect summer evening. Thank you. My granddaughter has done the KIDS summer program in 2019 and 2020 and loves it.
*Great play, very relevant 450 years after written. Phenomenal job with performances.
*Thank you for doing this. This show was my first since early March and it did my son so much good to be
*This is great to get out during COVID-19. Forever Shakespeare.
*Loved the guitar. Very understandable.
*Such an enjoyable show. Very well done.
*It was so moving to be able to attend a live performance and support the arts. Bravo. A joy to see SCB perform, too.
*Was really fun.
*I love the acting and the story. It gave me that stupid smile all the way through. You guys, both stage and tech, did an amazing job. Congrats. Mackenzie is my hero. She’s so cool and super-duper awesome.
*Thank you for figuring out how to put on a live show this summer. Our best night out in a long time. *So glad you could make this work in a pandemic.
*Thank you for the entertainment during these strange times.
*Such a lovely afternoon to celebrate my mother’s birthday.
*Loved the show.
*They did a very good job.
*Always a great show.
*Excellent, well done. So long since we saw this.
*Love the summary in the program. The sound quality was wonderful.
*Very enjoyable. Loved Don John, the villain.
*Great. Thanks for making the effort to have in-person performance during the pandemic.
*The sound was really good. Loved the play and the performance.
*Fantastic. So good you’re back in the park. Loved it. *Great actors, great play.
*We appreciate your putting this production on during these COVID times. There is not much familiar these days. I think this was very special.
*So appreciative of these shows. My second one-very grateful for the walk-in ticket. Love the synopsis,
*Great show. Highly entertaining. Wonderful way to celebrate our 24th anniversary.
*The actors, music and direction were phenomenal. Loved it. Thank you for an excellent evening.
*I love the show a lot.
*This was the best show I have seen at SSITP. Great job. Loved the scenery changes of house and garden. *Wonderful show in a wonderful atmosphere.
*Such a marvelous show & a talented cast. Such an excellent example of how live theatre can still safely take place in these times. Thank you for a wonderful experience.
*Thank you. We had a great time watching the performance. Cheers.
*Desperately needed during COVID. Thank you so much. I had a wonderful time.
*So great to see live performance again. Such a treat, great setting. Always love the costumes & acting. I liked the pictures that helped show changes of location.
*Very nice show.
*Kudos to all. Thanks for providing this to our community. *Great show & service to the community.
*Great to have some live theatre.
*Thank you so much for doing this show- it’s the highlight of the summer.
*I thought it was a splendid performance.
*Very entertaining- all actors were engaging & kept the story intriguing.
*I am so happy to finally see a live show- thank you so, so much.
*Especially in this time, it was a delightful evening.
*Thank you for providing live theatre in a safe location. *Very well done. Language was excellent.
*Wonderful job. Enjoyed this as much as last year’s show.
*Wonderful. So glad this could happen.
*Fantastic job & highly entertaining.
*Excellent sound & good acting direction.
*Delightful show. Appreciate actors’ mastery of the language.
*The sound was high quality. We really appreciated the live guitar. Well done on all accounts. Thank you during COVID. Very enjoyable.
*Great show. Loved the ballet. Bravo cast and crew.
*Very great show as always.
*Enjoyed this very much- my favorite play.
*Very good show.
*Incredible acting. Very fun.
*Thumbs up for guitar.
*Guitar guy was A+.
*Thank you so much for providing us with live theatre. Great job managing COVID restrictions.
*Very much fun, laugh out loud.
*This is a beautiful venue. I felt very safe- thank you for all your precautions. I greatly appreciate the synopsis so I could follow along. We are lucky to have live theatre. *Keep up the good work. It was nice to come out and see the performance.
*I enjoyed the life the actors brought to the characters. *My favorite character was Dogberry.
*Always enjoy the show each year- keep them coming. *Great show. Great location. Great to be outside.
*Was great to get out in a safe environment- loved the play.
*Really flowed well- able to follow story and characters read for outside.
*One of my favorite Shakespeare plays.
*The actors were very good.
*Excellent venue, acoustics & acting.
*Beatrice was extremely expressive. Friar was so professional- great accent. Generally all the actors did a wonderful job. Claudio was great- so dramatic.
*Great work. Thanks for taking the time.
*Loved the chemistry between Beatrice & Benedick. *Everyone did an amazing job as well as the rules for COVID were executed very well. *
This is the first video in a series of shows that play every Thursday from 2-2:30 pm bringing you Shakespeare in all his beauty from players who love him!
This video is the second program in our series presented by the Onondaga County Library. We have assembled a volunteer readers group of more than 30 people made up of SSITP actors, Board members, Friends of SSITP, audience members and Shakespeare aficionados. Each week on Thursday, from 2-2:30 pm we go live on Zoom and livestream to the OCPL and SSITP FB pages OR post a recorded version the next day. Players do scenes from Shakespeare in monologues and duos, sonnets, and pieces about the life, times and influence of Shakespeare in the last 456 years. Join us for a fun and exciting half-hour ride with weekly updates from SSITP and OCPL leading off the show.
Third show in the series: OCPL Presents Shakespeare Unstaged features the Elizabethan stylings of Anne Childress as Hecate from "The Scottish Play", Simon Moody delivering Shakespeare's unpublished speech on immigration from "The Book of Sir Thomas More," Jacob Garofalo giving us Katherine's song from "Henry VIII," co-host Ronnie Bell waxing poetic with the Bard's 12th sonnet, Tony Brown sharing a passionate speech by Angelo about Isabella from "Measure for Measure" and lawyer, Samuel Tamburo, reeding his essay entitled, "Who Is this Guy? advocating for Edward Devere to be recognized as the real author of Shakespeare's works. Don't miss a minute of this unusual and exciting show!
Fourth show in our series co-hosted by SSITP and OCPL. Ronnie Bell shared the final Love's Labor's Lost poster and Cara Luddy shared what OCPL has to offer for toddlers and other resources for kids. Then, we got our first taste of the flavor of Love's Labor's Lost as the three lords and the King made their pact to forego women for 3 years. Huzzah to John Triana, Aaron Alexander, Mike King and Derek Powell for great work. Then, Samuel Tamburo took on the enormity of the "winter of our disconetnt" speech that starts Richard III. R. Bell performed Sonnet 60 and Anne Childress rocked the Helena confession to the King that she loves his son from A1, S3 of All's Well. Finally, Simon Moody, Sam Tamburo and Tony Brown took us out onto the heath with King Lear in a chilling A4, S6 scene. Finally I shared 15 questions with bonus questions in the Bard Quiz Raffle Contest. Details are on the SSITP FB page. All entries are due by Wed. May 27th...Frist prize is 2 premium tickets to Love's Labor's Lost show of choice with a value of $50. Good luck!
1 Host- Ronnie Bell Welcome from SSITP Hello & SSITP 18th season
2 Co-Host- Christian Zabriskie Welcome from OCPL Hello & OCPL programming
3 Cayla Ross R&J , A 3, S 2, Juliet Just before Nurse enters
4 Derek Powell LLL, A 4, S 3, Berowne Women's eyes
5 Janis Scaturo AMND, A 3, S 2, Puck Puck's trick
6 Samuel Tamburo AYLI, A 2, S 7, Jaques 7 Ages of Man
7Anne Childress AMND,A 5, S 1, Snout Not 45's Wall
8 Tony Brown & Simon Moody Othello, A 4, S 1, Othello/Iago Iago's trick 9 Ronnie Bell R&J, A 1, S 4, Mercutio Queen Mab
10 Player's Quiz- 50 pts./ right Raise hands- 2 Gannon's Isle Mostly trivia answer Ice creams @ next Thornden show- (hopefully MAAN)
1 Host- Ronnie Bell Welcome from SSITP Hello & SSITP 18th season
2 Co-Host- Cara Luddy Welcome from OCPL Hello & OCPL programming 3 Melinda/Ronnie Bell TOTS, A2, S1, Katharine/Petruchio Their first fight 4 John Brackett/Derek Powell/ LLL, A3, S1, Don Adriano/Costard/ Remuneration Dominic D. Berowne
5 Cayla Ross Sonnet 141 The Bard's "How do I love you?"
6 Jason Luscier Cymbeline, A2, S5, The very devils Posthumus Leonatus
7 Tony Brown/ Jason Hamlet, A3, S2 Hamlet's advice to players
8 Ronnie / Simon Moody Henry V, A4, S3 St. Crispin's Day
9 Samuel Tamburo/Jason Hamlet, A5, S1 The skull of Yorick
10 Anne Childress Julius Caesar, A2, S2, Calpurnia The nightmare
1 Host- Ronnie Bell Welcome from SSITP Hello & SSITP 18th season
2 Co-Host- Cara Luddy Welcome from OCPL Hello & OCPL programming 3 John Triana, Kassy Melendez- LLL, A 2, S 1 The Princess comes to Navarre Ramirez
4 T.Brown, S.Moody, Dominic D Henry V, King of F/Exeter/Dauphin The bitter mock A2, S4, Lines 978-1050
5 Samuel Tamburo R&J, A3, S 5, Capulet, Anger to disown your child Lines 2288-2309
6 Tony Brown Sonnet 65 The miracle has might
7 Ronnie Bell R&J, A3, S3, Friar Laurence, Confessional admonition Lines 1989-2039
8 Anne Childress Tempest, A3, S3, Ariel, Lines 1629-60 Ariel's magic
9 Tony Brown Sonnet 115 Love is a babe
10 Dominic Dicaprio, R. Bell, Maggie Ariotti & Hamlet, A3, S4, Lines 2383-2498 Two's company & the 3rd is dead
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The mission of the Syracuse Shakespeare Festival Corp., now doing business as Syracuse Shakespeare-In-The-Park, is to bring the beauty, poetry and language of Shakespeare to everyone in Central New York especially school-aged children and seniors. We also strive to attract visitors from outside the region to supplement and support the health of the CNY economy.
SSITP is producing all of its Shakespeare plays in period costume only! When you want to see great Shakespeare set and costumed as closely as possible to how the Bard did, come see one of our Shakespeare shows
We will achieve these goals by presenting high quality productions of Shakespeare plays in period costumes for our two outdoor shows in the Thornden Park Amphitheater in June and August each year. The public is invited to attend the shows for free and encouraged to make donations to ensure the high quality of future productions.
We will achieve these goals by reaching out to CNY school-aged students and seniors through classes, workshops, in-school performances, field trips to Thornden Park and virtual programming based on current curricular needs and identified goals. We will collaborate with as many community groups and funders as possible to widen and strengthen our productions.
Feel free to have your group become part of our artistic team!
We partner with Syracuse City Ballet, Open Hand Theatre, Thornden Park Bulldogs, Syracuse Country Dancers, Gannon's Isle Ice Cream & the Thornden Park Association.
" I always love coming to your shows, and I’m now bringing friends to share the joy. This show was my most favorite yet! "
Shakespeare-In-The-Park, August 2018, Merry Wives of Windsor, Audience Member
c/o R. Bell, 517 Stinard Ave. Syracuse, NY 13207
Monday - Thursday: Noon - 10 pm
Fri/Sat/Sun: By appointment
Showdays: Up to 1 1/2 hours BEFORE curtain and AFTER the show