Congrats to the cast/production team of The Tempest


Hello Syracuse- The Tempest... best attended show since 2014!

The Tempest run included our largest audience (1,370 people) since 2014.   Thanks to all for your support and fun! 

Meet the cast...

Sam Tamburo


Samuel Tamburo (Gonzalo) is an old-school Shakespearean style actor with a penchant for appearing twice in the same role: The Duke in Othello , The Prince in Romeo and Juliet, Baptista in Taming of the Shrew, Lord Lafue in All’s Well ,  Lord Frederick in As You Like It and an Assassin in Julius Ceasar.  This is Sam's first turn as Gonzalo.

Free, pay-what-you-will and premium, first row seats available... check out our ticket site noted below or go to our web page at 

C u at the show...

The Tempest, in period costume, runs from Augusdt 2-11, 2019,     6 shows, on and in front of the stage at Thornden Park's beautiful Amphitheatre.  Fri & Sat @ 5:30 pm; Sun. @ 2 pm


  1. As usual, you can get FREE tickets for the show... 
  2. OR you can get pay-what-you-will-tickets... 
  3. OR you can get premium tickets for the show. 
  4. You all see the same play. 
  5. And, for your convenience, our actors walk amongst you at intermission to request a donation... so please bring a few dollars to put into the hat.
  6. For premium ticket buyers you get the following perks for ONLY $25:

  • A front row lawn chair waiting for you;
  • Your choice of $12 worth of food from our sponsoring partner, Beer Belly Deli, delivered right to your front row seat 15 minutes before show time;
  • A cold bottle of water;
  • A Gannon's Isle Ice Cream at intermission; and
  • A color souvenir copy of the playbill.

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and... Jesse Navagh


Jesse Navagh (Sebastian) played Romeo in the SSITP/SCSD high school tour of Abridged Romeo and Juliet in 2018 and was Slender in last August's Merry Wives for SSITP.  He has played numerous ghostly roles for OHA as they present their Ghostwalks around CNY.   

The crown jewel of our outdoor season is our period version of The Tempest, fun for the whole family.  It runs from August 2-11, 2019, 6 shows, in the Thornden Park Amphitheatre.  Kids Area for 10 and under with beach balls, bubbles and prizes... 

Last produced by SSITP in 2009, 

director Anne Childress has announced the following cast:

Tempest Cast List

ALONSO, King of Naples – Mark Braiman

SEBASTIAN, his Brother – Jesse Navagh

PROSPERO, the right Duke of Milan – Jack Sherman

ANTONIO, his Brother, the usurping Duke of Milan – David Hitchcock

MIRANDA, Daughter to Prospero – Bella Calabria

ARIEL/CERES, an airy Spirit – Rebekah Tadros

CALIBAN, a savage and deformed slave - Jason Luscier

FERDINAND, Son to the King of Naples – Chris Lupia

GONZALO, an honest old Counsellor – Sam Tamburo

TRINCULO, a Jester – Aaron Alexander

STEFANO, a drunken Butler – Stephen Shepherd

MASTER OF THE SHIP – John Brackett 

BOATSWAIN - Griffin Netti

IRIS – Sarah Liebowitz

JUNO – Jessica Lisi




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Questions or Concerns?

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Falstaff (L) was portrayed by Simon Moody and Bardolph by Brian Pringle in this 2011 picture as seen in Henry IV, Part 1

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Did you know?
Our banner makers (Speedpro) have made the ship banners for the set and a new SSITP letterhead banner... can you spot the letterhead difference?

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In memoriam-Brian Pringle: A starring member of our company

Brian as Falstaff- #1


Brian was our first Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor  in August 2007

Brian as Falstaff- #2


L>R, Cathy English & Nora O'Dea as the Merry Wives along with Brian...

Brian as Falstaff- #3


Clockwise from L, Nora, Brian and Cathy get their heads together on the grass at Thornden Park's Amphitheatre

Brian as Falstaff #4


Top to bottom, Nora, Brian and Cathy 

frolic in the Park... for the first of our Merry Wives of Windsor shows in August 2007.

Brian as Alexas


Antony and Cleopatra was produced by SSITP & directed by Jamie Bruno in February 2011 at the Empire Theatre, NYS Fairgrounds.

Brian came to auditions in February 2012 at Sedgwick Heights
Community Room


So far, this is the last pic I have of Brian although I know he was in at least one more show with SSITP... 

RIP Brian Pringle, a tremendously talented community actor!

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Shakespeare-In-The-Park  summer shows

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KIDS 2019 was a smashing success for 15 students...



Syracuse Shakespeare-In-The-Park had 15 fabulous students for our 15th season of Kids Doing Shakespeare(KIDS), from July 8th through 12th, 2019, 10 am to 3 pm daily, for grade 5-12 students. 

All students were taught in and around Thornden Park’s Carriage House in cooperation with Syracuse Parks and the support of The John Ben Snow Foundation and B&C Storage. 

This exciting mix of speaking skills, stage techniques, costume design, set painting, Renaissance music/dance and English country dancing was a delight as usual for teachers, specialty teachers and students alike. 

Every student performed a part in Act IV, Scene 1 of our August SSITP production of The Tempest, as a culminating activity on the last Friday (7/12 @ 2 pm) of our fun week.  We were thrilled to have one of our newest students, Iris Asiago-Reddy,  join the Syracuse Country Dancers in The Queen's Jig on opening night of The Tempest, August 2nd, 5:30 pm in the Thornden Park Amphitheatre.

For more information on next year's 16th edition of Kids Doing Shakespeare (KIDS) in July 2020,  Contact: Ronnie Bell, Executive Director, OR OR SU Cantor Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette St, Rm 006, Syracuse NY, 13202.  Scholarship help based on need is available.  Call 315-476-1835 to get an application after Sept. 1, 2019.   

Cost is only $100 through Feb 14, 2020.

Compare that to the other programs around town at more than twice the cost (and only half the fun).

Register your child today!

Under construction: the positive audience comments about Richard III and The Tempest


Sarah Liebowitz and Jessica Lisi scare away Caliban and Co.

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The Tempest attracted an audience of 1,400 for the run of the show, our largest in five years!  Huzzah!!

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Downloads: Tempest, Season and KIDS

"  I appreciate the efforts of the members in keeping Shakespeare alive in Syracuse. "

Shakespeare-In-The-Park, August 2018, Merry Wives of Windsor, Audience Member 

" Fantastic evening of theatre. Haven’t been to a Shakespeare in the park in a number of years. Thank you for the fantastic sound system. Acting, story, direction have always been great. It was really perfect today. "

Shakespeare-In-The-Park, August 2018, Merry WIves of Windsor, Audience Member  

TT Playbill Draft V 2-opt (pdf)


19-20 SSITP Season w dates, times and cost (pdf)


KIDS 2019 Media Release 3 (pdf)


SSITP-KIDS 2019 Complete App- to July 5 2019 (pdf)


Tempest 11 x 17 Poster-opt (pdf)


Tempest Small Poster Rev 2 (jpg)


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Mission of Syracuse Shakespeare-in-the-Park

Just like the Bard; outdoors in summer, indoors at other times: authentic Shakespeare all the time


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. 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 through classes, workshops, in-school performances and field trips to Thornden Park based on current curricular needs. We will collaborate with as many community groups and funders as possible to widen and strengthen our productions.

The cast of "Merry Wives of Windsor" takes a bow after a rousing Saturday show in August 2018...
The cast of "Merry Wives of Windsor" takes a bow after a rousing Saturday show in August 2018...

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We collaborate with many 'Cuse organizations

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

Syracuse Shakespeare-In-The-Park

350 W. Fayette St., SU's Cantor Warehouse, Syracuse, NY 13202, US

(315) 476-1835 OR 315-395-0691

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Monday - Thursday: Noon - 10 pm

Fri/Sat/Sun:  By appointment

Showdays: Up to 1 1/2 hours BEFORE curtain and AFTER the show

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