Tags: canada, education, Kite, macbeth, Macduff, one fell swoop, phrase, predator, Shakespeare, shakespeare in action, stage, study, theatre, Toronto, vocabulary, wordy wednesday
Today’s wordy phrase is: “One fell swoop.” Shakespeare used this phrase for the first time in Macbeth (1605).
When Macduff learns that Macbeth’s murderers have killed his wife and children, he says:
All my pretty ones?
Did you say all? Oh hell-kite! All?
What, all my pretty chickens and their dam
At one fell swoop?
The phrase means “all at once.” The kite is actually a predatory bird that swoops down to catch its prey. So, in this case, Macduff is asking if all [his] pretty chickens (i.e. all his children) and their dam (i.e. their mother) were killed at one fell swoop (i.e. all at once) by Macbeth (i.e. the predatory kite).
Tags: Central Commerce Collegiate, history, mainstage production, photo, Photo Friday, production, Shakespeare, stage, the diary of anne frank, theatre
This week’s photo is coming to you from the Central Commerce Theatre where our production of Anne Frank is in full swing!
Some FAQ about the show:
Q: Are any of the characters still alive today?
A: Miep Gies, one of the people who helped hide the Frank family and other died at the age of 100 on January 11th 2010.
Q: How did the Nazis find out where they were hiding?
A: It is suspected that one of the people that knew their location gave them up to the German police. The informer was never identified.
Q: What happened to Peter’s cat Mouschi?
A: Miep and other friends of the Annex clan looked after him once Peter was arrested.
To get a closer look at the set (and our amazing production) come check out The Diary of Anne Frank! On now until March 11.
Tags: canada, Central Commerce Collegiate, education, history, mainstage production, opening night, Performance, Shakespeare, shakespeare in action, stage, the diary of anne frank, theatre, Toronto
Tonight’s the big night!
After weeks of set construction and rehearsals we are very excited to present The Diary of Anne Frank! It’s been in previews all week and we’re ready to show it off to the public tonight at 7:30pm and the Central Commerce Theatre. Come out, show your support for SIA and have a great night at the theatre!
Tags: canada, Central Commerce Collegiate, Diary of Anne Frank, education, history, mainstage production, Performance, Shakespeare, shakespeare in action, stage, Students, theatre, Toronto, youth
Opening night is fast approaching! We’re in previews this week and then the show officially premieres on March 1. The Diary of Anne Frank runs from February 23rd to March 13th. If anyone is interested in coming to a performance please contact Shakespeare in Action at 416-703-4881 or by email at email@example.com.
Here are some photos of our cast in action so you can get a look at what we’ve been working on! Photo credit goes to the talented Joel Charlebois.
Tags: canada, education, history, Performance, photo, Photo Friday, Shakespeare, shakespeare in action, stage, the diary of anne frank, theatre, Toronto
Hi everyone! This week’s photo comes to you straight from our production headquarters! Our office and production staff were kept busy working on the sets for our upcoming production of The Diary of Anne Frank! Take a look!
It was a messy day but it was full of laughs! …and paint…lots and lots of paint. The set is up, the costumes have been fit and rehearsals are well underway – Anne Frank is really coming together!
Tags: Brutus, canada, Cassius, charaters, dreamers, education, fiction, history, Iago, Lady Macbeth, lovers, macbeth, Richard III, romance, Romeo, Shakespeare, shakespeare in action. toronto, sidekicks, stage, theatre, tragedy, villain
Have you ever tried to count how many characters Shakespeare has created? It’s a soaring combination of fictional, historical and mythical characters that all weave together to form the world of Shakespeare. They’re an interesting mix of evil sidekicks, lovers and dreamers.
Let’s take a look at his villains. There’s the iconic Macbeth and Lady Macbeth whose guilt is a premise for their demise. Brutus and Cassius run the show in Julius Caesar and then there’s Richard III who was so cruel he got a whole pay to himself. Lastly there’s possibly the most sinister, Iago. He misleads Othello and betrays his trust in a plan to take down the Moor.
In honour of Valentine’s day, can you think of any of Shakespeare’s most romantic characters? I’ll start you off with the one and only Romeo, the most iconic romantic character of our time!
Tags: canada, education, Office, photo, Photo Friday, Shakespeare, shakespeare in action, stage, theatre, Toronto
TGIF! Today it’s Photo Friday. Every week we’ll show you a picture of what we’re up to around our office and backstage at our productions. Today’s picture is of our newest staff member, Finn:
What do you think – pretty cute, right? He wants to star in our next production!
Tags: 2011, canada, choreography, Dance, education, movement, National Shakespeare Youth Festival, Performance, scene, Shakespeare, shakespeare in action, stage, Students, tableaux, theme, Toronto, Virtual Lab
How to… Create a Dance and Movement Piece.
- Number of participants: 2 to 10
- Time Limit: up to 5 minutes
- Perform a dance piece or movement sequence interpreting one of Shakespeare’s scenes, themes, characters or monologues. The Movement and Dance category is designed for interpretations of Shakespeare’s work expressed through dance or physical movement. Text is permitted and any music is permissible. We must acknowledge the original artist of music as part of our program. Ensure that you provide us with the relevant information on the registration form.
- Minimal sets, props and costumes are allowed (One person must be able to carry them on and off).
For more information and tips, click below! Continue Reading National Shakespeare Youth Festival Guidelines: Dance and Movement…
Tags: 2011, Acting, dialogue, duologue, festival, group, language, National Shakespeare Youth Festival, rehearsing, scene, scenes, Shakespeare, shakespeare in action, stage, Students, teens, theatre, Virtual Lab, youth
How To… Create Group and Duologue Scenes
Without actors, Shakespeare’s words would never leave the page!
The guidelines are:
- 2 actors for a Dualogue; 3-10 for a Group Scene
- Maximum of 7 minutes for a Dualogue; 15 minutes for a Group Scene
Here are some tips for how to choose and act in scenes for our Youth Festival.
Tags: Acting, canada, festival, Film, Hamlet, National Shakespeare Youth Festival, Shakespeare, shakespeare in action, stage, Students, teens, theatre, Toronto, video, youth
Finally, we bring you the last of our video clips from the 2010 National Shakespeare Youth Festival: Gordon A. Brown’s very cool interpretation of Hamlet. Starring Vasili Manikas, Ryan Marks, Costa Georgiou and Daniel Sousa, this video is another unique and creative version of a Shakespeare play! Thanks to everyone who participated in last year’s Festival; we are proud of your hard work and so excited that you participated.
For more information on this year’s festival, please see our website. Registration is now open for 2011!