Summer Camp – Day 1

June 29, 2015 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Educational Programming, Shakespeare Summer Camps | Leave a comment
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The Bard has begin at Shakespeare in Action – with the first day of our Summer Camp for Kids and Young Company for Teens!

The kids hit the stage and after some name games, Zip-Zap-Zop, tongue twisters, and a slew of Elizabethan insults, the ensemble tackled their first read-through of the A Midsummer Night’s Dream script.  Director, Aris and Assistant Director, Gabriella, look forward to announcing everyone’s parts tomorrow!

- Kids' Camp -  Gabriella (Assistant Director) & Aris (Director)

– Kids’ Camp –
Gabriella (Assistant Director) & Aris (Director)

- Kids' Camp -  Enjoying a little lunch & sunshine!

– Kids’ Camp –
Enjoying a little lunch & sunshine!

 

The Young Company for Teens is in for a challenge this year, navigating one of the Bard’s best-known tragedies, Hamlet.  In the afternoon, the ensemble worked its way through the script. Director, Joe, and Assistant Director, Sabio, are gearing up for tomorrow’s auditions!

- Young Co. for Teens - Breaking the ice, "Big Booty" style

– Young Co. for Teens –
Breaking the Ice, “Big Booty” style

- Young Co. for Teens - Reading the Hamlet script for the first time

– Young Co. for Teens –
Reading the Hamlet script for the first time

Summer Camp – Meet Sabio, Assistant Director, Young Company for Teens

June 29, 2015 at 10:00 am | Posted in Educational Programming, Shakespeare Summer Camps, SIA Team | Leave a comment
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Howdy!

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My name is Sabio Emerencia-Collins, and I am thrilled to be a part of the Shakespeare in Action team this summer!!! I am an aspiring multidisciplinary artist. I’m planning on going into my final year studying Theatre Performance at Humber College’s conservatory program. For the past 30 years, Humber’s faculty has been dedicated to graduating diverse groups of actors that challenge the status quo of Canadian theatre. I believe audiences come to the theatre for many reasons, sometimes for emotional catharsis, sometimes to engage in story and ritual, and sometimes to simply let themselves go limp and laugh. I hope that in the next coming weeks we can get wild and commune with the visceral humanity inherent in Shakespeare’s work and explore big ideas, as well as discover the secret as to why he’s still so relevant to today.

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My love for performing started early; my first experiences onstage were through the Shakespeare in Action Camp when I was 6 years old. I played the sea-wrecked lover “Ferdinand” in The Tempest way back before my voice dropped.

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Since then I’ve been a part of many productions. In 2007, I got the privilege to work on Frances-Anne Solomon’s feature film A Winter Tale, playing a young boy named “Andrew Robinson.”  My character was based on an unfortunate victim to gun violence in the Parkdale Area in Toronto In 2005. The film focused on the aftermath of how gun violence impacted members of the black community in Parkdale.

Later, in high school I started to develop new passions. I attended Rosedale Heights School of the Arts downtown; I got many incredible opportunities there. A huge highlight for me was when I got the chance to direct student-written shows at Rosedale.

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In my final year I got the opportunity to play “Male Actor” in Daniel McIvor’s This Is a Play, a show that takes place in between the third and fourth wall – where the story unfolding is revealed exclusively through the thoughts of the entitled actors onstage who want nothing to do with the show they are playing; the play within the play heavily involves lettuce contextually over the backdrop of a bizarre love story.

My high school credits include:

“Boy #1” in The Princess Bride (2009), “Taiko Drummer/Pirate” as well as sound design for Hamlet (2011), Director of “Socrates” (2011), “Justice Dowling” in “The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling” (2012), “Desmond” in Donny vs Desmond (2012), Director of “One Last Job” (2012), “King Ceyx/Morpheus” in Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses (2013), Assistant Director and “Tom” in Virtruly in Love (2013), Male Actor in This is A Play (2013).

I am a self-taught guitar and harmonica player, and recently this January I’ve started learning to play the keyboard and piano. I’m currently working on an Trip-Hop/Neo Soul/R&B album that should hopefully drop by the end of the summer.  I’m also an aspiring filmmaker some of my short films can be seen on my YouTube channel @FuriousGator.

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I am so excited to meet you all!

Summer Camp – Meet Gabriella, Assistant Director, Kids’ Camp!

June 29, 2015 at 9:30 am | Posted in SIA Team, Shakespeare Summer Camps, Educational Programming | Leave a comment
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This is Gabriella Sundar Singh’s first year working with Shakespeare in Action, and she is thrilled! Gabriella’s passion for performance has been blossoming her whole life. She began studying Bharathanatyam (Classical Indian dance), and hit her first stage at the tender age of four-and-a-half. She caught the performance-bug, and continued to pursue the joy of performance through all venues. She is a classically trained soprano, classically trained pianist, and also enjoys playing the trumpet and the ukulele. Gabriella’s passion for dance has led her to study ballet, jazz and hip hop, and choreographs for her dance troupe ‘The Sona Girls,’ in Bollywood and Hip Hop. You can see her dancing her heart out on a Season 1 episode of “The Next Step,” (as seen on the Family Channel), titled “Break Stuff.”

Gabriella completed her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph, where she studied under the talents of Pat Flood, Ric Knowles, Jerrard Smith and Judith Thompson. Here, she learned the art of Stage Management and Technical Design and Production, while pursuing her main passion, acting. She went on to complete a Post-Graduate program at Centennial College in Children’s Entertainment, where she was immersed in the world of Children’s books, television, film, and media. She is currently studying Acting at the National Theatre School of Canada, in Montréal. Gabriella’s dream is to work with young people, creating art that is relevant, necessary and inspiring.

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop- Making a difference in the lives of students!

June 25, 2015 at 12:38 pm | Posted in Central Commerce Collegiate, Friends of SIA, Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop | Leave a comment
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Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop is a vibrant, interactive presentation that demonstrates how modern hip-hop shares many similarities with the themes, language and rhythm used by Shakespeare. Both are full of poetry, word play and lyricism, and both deal with what it is to be human.

Students at Central Toronto Academy were inspired by the Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop performance, and found a way to combine Shakespeare and rap for their final Drama class project! Find out what they had to say about the show, and watch them rehearse!

The Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop tour will be back for the 2015/16 season! Visit our website or send an e-mail to info@shakespeareinaction.org for more info!

Shakespeare at the Movies- Inside Out

June 19, 2015 at 11:37 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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It’s that time again for another Shakespeare at the Movies segment! With such a huge variety of movies released during the summer season, I decided to focus on one that I am personally very excited to see. Inside Out is the latest offering from Pixar, and is being released today. Here are some Shakespeare (and Shakespeare-inspired) projects that the cast has worked on over the years!

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Amy Poehler (Joy)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet 2 (2008) as Cricket Feldstein

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Diane Lane (Mom)

Appeared in:

  • Twelfth Night (American Repertory Theatre, 1989) as Olivia

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Kyle MacLachlan (Dad)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (2000) as Claudius 

attends the Los Angeles Premiere and Party for Disney•Pixar’s INSIDE OUT at El Capitan Theatre on June 8, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Dave Goelz and Frank Oz  (Subconscious Guard Frank and Subconscious Guard Dave)

Dave and Frank have been performers of various characters from Sesame Street and The Muppets for many years, and have appeared in many Shakespeare related sketches. Here are a couple of examples!

Gonzo recites Shakespeare while hanging by his nose:

Monsterpiece Theatre- The Taming of the Shoe:

Have I missed someone? Which of these performances is your favourite? Leave a comment and let us know!

Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids and Young Company for Teens- ONLY 1 WEEK LEFT TO REGISTER!

June 18, 2015 at 11:38 am | Posted in Shakespeare Summer Camps, Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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Time is running out to register for our Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids and Young Company for Teens summer training program! There are still spots available for kids ages 7-17 to join us on stage for a few weeks of fun during their summer vacation. Registration ends on Thursday, June 25, 2015, so hurry and book your spot today!

Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids

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Kids will learn to act, sing, improvise, construct costumes, and design sets – all while having the time of their lives! The program runs for 2 weeks, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm daily. Our team of highly skilled professional actors provide master-class level instruction. Kids perform their very own Shakespeare production for parents, extended family, and friends!

  • Ages: 7-12
  • Dates: Weekdays, Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 10, 2015. No camp on Canada Day.
  • Location: Shakespeare in Action, 385 Roxton Road, Toronto
  • Focus Play: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Work with a professional actor
  • Act, sing, improvise, design sets and costumes
  • Build confidence
  • Make new friends

Eventbrite - 2015 Shakespeare in Action Summer Camp for Kids!

Shakespeare Young Company for Teens

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This is now a 4-week intensive training program in stage and film performance. Professional actors and directors lead workshops in theatre and film techniques. No drama or performance experience is required. Participants rehearse and perform one of Shakespeare’s more challenging plays. Teens are encouraged to develop their own interpretations of Shakespeare’s works to create and showcase a multi-media performance.

  • Ages: 13-17
  • Dates: Weekdays, Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 24, 2015. No camp on Canada Day.
  • Location: Shakespeare in Action, 385 Roxton Road, Toronto
  • Focus Play: Hamlet
  • Work with a professional actor
  • Act, sing, improvise, design sets and costumes
  • Build confidence
  • Make new friends

Eventbrite - 2015 Shakespeare in Action Summer Camp for Teens!

Have a question about Shakespeare in Action’s summer programming? E-mail us at education@shakespeareinaction.org, or call us at (416) 703-4881!

Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids and Young Company for Teens- Registration Deadline Extended!

June 15, 2015 at 11:52 am | Posted in Shakespeare Summer Camps, Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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Still haven’t decided how you want to spend your summer vacation? Good news- There’s still time!

We have extended the registration deadline for our Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids, and Young Company for Teens summer intensive training program to June 25, 2015!

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Kids will learn to act, sing, improvise, construct costumes, and design sets – all while having the time of their lives! The program runs for 2 weeks, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm daily. Our team of highly skilled professional actors provide master-class level instruction. Kids perform their very own Shakespeare production for parents, extended family, and friends!

  • Ages: 7-12
  • Dates: Weekdays, Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 10, 2015. No camp on Canada Day.
  • Location: Shakespeare in Action, 385 Roxton Road, Toronto
  • Focus Play: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Work with a professional actor
  • Act, sing, improvise, design sets and costumes
  • Build confidence
  • Make new friends
  • Step into the spotlight!

Eventbrite - 2015 Shakespeare in Action Summer Camp for Kids!

Shakespeare Young Company for Teens

What's that you say?

This is now a 4-week intensive training program in stage and film performance. Professional actors and directors lead workshops in theatre and film techniques. No drama or performance experience is required. Participants rehearse and perform one of Shakespeare’s more challenging plays. Teens are encouraged to develop their own interpretations of Shakespeare’s works to create and showcase a multi-media performance.

  • Ages: 13-17
  • Dates: Weekdays, Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 24, 2015. No camp on Canada Day.
  • Location: Shakespeare in Action, 385 Roxton Road, Toronto
  • Focus Play: Hamlet
  • Work with a professional actor
  • Act, sing, improvise, design sets and costumes
  • Build confidence
  • Make new friends
  • Step into the spotlight!

Eventbrite - 2015 Shakespeare in Action Summer Camp for Teens!

Have a question about Shakespeare in Action’s summer programming? E-mail us at education@shakespeareinaction.org, or call us at (416) 703-4881!

Shakespeare at the Movies- Jurassic World

June 11, 2015 at 11:46 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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The moment film fans from around the world have been patiently waiting for for many years has finally arrived… The latest film in the Jurassic Park series is being released this week! In what is sure to be one of the biggest movies of the summer, Jurassic World picks up many years after the original (and may or may not ignore the events of the 2nd and 3rd in the series, to many fans’ delight.) The (almost) entirely new cast have a wide range of experience in different genres of film, with a few Shakespearean film and stage roles on their resumes!

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Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire)

Appeared in:

  • As You Like It (2006) as Rosalind
  • As You Like It (The Public Theater, 2003) as Rosalind

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Arrfan Khan (Masrani)

Appeared in:

  • Haider (2014) as Roohdaar
  • Maqbool (2003) as Maqbool

*To read more about recent popular Shakespeare adaptations in Bollywood, check out one of our past blog posts!

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BD Wong (Dr. Henry Wu)

Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (Roundabout Theatre Company, 1989) as Ariel

Did I miss someone? Do you think Shakespeare would enjoy the Jurassic Park series? Leave a comment and let us know!

Shakespeare at the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival!

June 9, 2015 at 11:53 am | Posted in Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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The Toronto Fringe Festival begins on July 1, 2015, and with over 150 different shows participating, there is definitely something for everyone! This year, there are some great looking Shakespeare shows to get your fix of The Bard!

Twelfe Night, or what you will

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Performed by: Ale House Theatre Co.

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
The epic 90 minute remount.
#TwelfeNightTO

A remount of their popular 90 minute show from 2013, Ale House Theatre Co will be performing Twelfe Night, or what you will at St. Vladimir Theatre during the festival. Click here for showtimes and to buy tickets!

The Merry Wives of Windsor

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Performed by: Shakespeare BASH’d

Join your favourite Best of Fringe winning Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare BASH’d, for the Bard’s outrageous rural comedy: The Merry Wives of Windsor. In a world of drunks and cuckolds, two witty women set out to teach a lesson of love and jealousy.
Come crush a cup at the Victory cafe with this battle of wits.
“I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.”

Performances of The Merry Wives of Windsor will take place at the Victory Cafe during the festival. Click here for showtimes and to buy tickets!

Hamlet… A Puppet Epic!

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Performed by: Shakey-Shake and Friends

Plots! Schemes! Puppets! There’s something awesome in the state of Denmark! FringeKids favourite Shakey-Shake and Friends return with their most ambitious play yet: Hamlet! Comic hijinks abound as Shakes and the gang tell the tale of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy in the lighthearted tradition of the Muppets.

Performance of Hamlet… A Puppet Epic! will take place at the George Ignatieff Theatre during the festival. Click here for showtimes and to buy tickets!

If you can’t make it to any of these shows, there are still plenty to choose from. See the list of all participating shows here!

Shakespeare at the Movies- Spy

June 4, 2015 at 11:26 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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The latest film from Paul Feig, Spy, is a comedy that is certainly going to help us kick off the sumer with a good laugh! This hilarious cast has appeared in several stage and screen adaptations of Shakespeare’s works, and not just the comedies! Let’s see who has been involved with The Bard before:

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Jude Law (Bradley Fine)

Appeared in:

  • Henry V (Noël Coward Theatre, 2013) as Henry V
  • Hamlet (Wyndham’s Theatre, 2009) as Hamlet
  • Pericles (Royal National Theatre, 1994)

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Raad Rawi (Tihomir Boyanov)

Appeared in:

  • Much Ado About Nothing (Playhouse Theatre, 1998)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company tour, 1988) as Theseus/Oberon

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Rose Byrne (Rayna Boyanov)

Appeared in:

  • Wicker Park (2004) as Alex

*This movie is inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

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Jason Statham (Rick Ford)

Appeared in:

  • Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) as Tybalt

Did I miss someone? Leave a comment and let me know!

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