A special offer from our friends at Opera Atelier!

April 17, 2015 at 11:45 am | Posted in Friends of SIA, Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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This weekend is your last chance to check out Orpheus & Eurydicethe stunning production from Opera Atelier, and they are offering a special deal for the last 2 shows!

20070426_Opera Atelier_Orpheus and Eurydice_Dress RehearsalPurchase a ticket to a performance on either Friday, April 17 at 7:30 or Saturday, April 18 at 4:30 using the code 20GLUCK, and save 20%! Get yours before they’re gone!

Looking for last minute rehearsal space?

April 2, 2015 at 11:01 am | Posted in Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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We have some last minute rehearsal space available in the Queen and Ossington area of Toronto on April 18 during the morning and afternoon.

We can offer the space for $80 for the whole day. If you are interested in finding out more information on the space, please contact us at info@shakespeareinaction.org by April 17!

The Shakespeare Challenge 2015!

March 29, 2015 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Fundraisers, Shakespeare Challenge | Leave a comment
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Artistic Director, Michael Kelly in action

Our Artistic Director – Michael Kelly – in action

Michael introduces The Comedy of Errors: 12 community actors, 8 rehearsals, 1 show - a gala fundraiser in support of access to the arts!

Michael introduces The Comedy of Errors: 12 community actors, 8 rehearsals, 1 show – a gala fundraiser in support of access to the arts!

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Welcome to Ephesus…

Adriana mistakes Antipholus of Syracuse for her husband, Antipholus' identical twin.

…where Adriana mistakes Antipholus of Syracuse for her husband, Antipholus of Ephesus…

Antipholus of Ephesus and Dromio of Ephesus are locked out of their home.

…and Antipholus of Ephesus is locked out of his home, while Antipholus of Syracuse dines with Adriana. Dromio of Syracuse guards the door.

Antipholus of Syracuse declares his love for Luciana...Adriana's sister.

It’s only a matter of time before Antipholus of Syracuse falls for Luciana…Adriana’s sister…

...and the Courtezan becomes tangled in the mess.

…and the Courtezan becomes tangled in the mess.

Dromio of Ephesus, mistaken for his twin - Dromio of Syracuse - gets a beating.

Poor Dromio of Ephesus, mistaken for his twin – Dromio of Syracuse – gets a beating.

What is going on?

What is going on?

The twins meet.  Egeon re-unites with his sons, Antipholus...and Antipholus.

After much chaos, all twins meet. Egeon re-unites with his sons, Antipholus…and Antipholus. (Why would anyone give his twins the same name?)

Antipholus of Syracuse and Luciana

Antipholus of Syracuse declares his love for Luciana…again.

CONTEST- Win Tickets to “Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen: Macbeth” in Toronto!

March 26, 2015 at 9:00 am | Posted in Friends of SIA, Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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Back by popular demand, our friends at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema are screening Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen: Macbeth for one day only!

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We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Toronto screening on March 28, 2015 at 11:30AM! To enter, all you have to do is send an e-mail to jenny@shakespeareinaction.org with your name and contact information, and tell us who your favorite Macbeth character is!

Contest closes at 11:59PM on March 26, so be sure to enter now!

The Shakespeare Challenge- Check out our live auction packages!

March 23, 2015 at 10:29 am | Posted in Shakespeare Challenge, Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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There are only a few days left until the Shakespeare Challenge fundraising gala, and the SIA team, along with our Challenge Champions are putting the final touches on The Comedy of Errors, as well as the live and silent auction! Here is a sneak peak at what guests will be able to bid on in the live auction right after the show!

Montreal Trip– Take a round trip for 2 to Montreal, courtesy of VIA Rail to attend the Talk of the Fest Show from July 20-26 at the Just for Laughs Festival! Enjoy accommodations for one night provided by Delta Downtown Montreal, and brunch provided by Vieux-Port Steakhouse.

Value: $1116

Cottage Stay– Spend 2 nights at a beautiful 2 bedroom cottage overlooking Lake Erie. Valid from October- November for a perfect Fall getaway!

Value: $300

Oakdale Golf and Country Club- Enjoy a round of golf for 4 at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club in Toronto! Valid until Dec. 31, 2015.

*Please note that a $60 host caddy fee is also required.

Value: $700

Niagara-on-the-Lake Experience- Spend 2 nights at Aqua Bella B&B, and enjoy 2 tickets to a Shaw Festival Show. Complete your trip with a romantic wine tasting experience for 2 at Chateau des Charmes in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Value: $510

Stratford Festival Stay- Spend the night at Caledonia House, and see a show at the Stratford Festival during the 2015 season. Winners will also be treated to a complimentary tour of the Festival’s props and costumes warehouse!

Value: $345

Whole Beast Butchery Demo- Learn how to expertly cut your meats with a butchering class demonstration for 8 people at Sanagan’s Meat Locker.

Value: $750

The silent auction will have many more amazing packages to bid on! To join us for the Shakespeare Challenge, please visit our website to purchase tickets!

Shakespeare Was a Muggle

March 17, 2015 at 11:50 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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J.K. Rowling is one of the bestselling British authors of all time. Her books are internationally beloved. However, there is another author from England who is equally renowned. That writer is none other than William Shakespeare himself. There may be few apparent connections between the magical world that Harry Potter and his friends live in and Hamlet’s Denmark, Shylock’s Venice, or any of the other characters and settings in Shakespeare’s works. Yet, there is something about the two author’s works that inspire crossovers, if not with plots then with people. The Harry Potter franchise has had some of the world’s best Shakespearian actors and actresses take on the roles of muggles and wizards alike.

Here is a list of some Shakespearian Actors and their connections to Harry Potter:

Kenneth Branagh – Professor Gilderoy Lockhart

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Professor Lockhart may not be the most memorable character from the Harry Potter franchise, but when portrayed by Shakespearian heavyweight Kenneth Branagh on screen, it is difficult not to pay attention. Away from Harry Potter, Branagh is known for his abilities to bring the Bard to the big screen. His film adaptations include Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Hamlet, and Love’s Labour’s Lost. He has also appeared onscreen as Iago in Oliver Parker’s Othello. Aside from his films, Branagh has been connected to countless stage productions.

Emma Thompson – Professor Sybill Trelawney

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The former wife of Branagh, Thomson has acted in Shakespeare adaptations on and off the screen. She appeared alongside Branagh in Henry V before taking on a lead role in his Much Ado About Nothing. She has also been involved in several stage productions of Shakespeare’s works throughout her acting career. Though her portrayal of sharp-tongued Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing may make her unrecognizable as the helter-skelter Professor Trelawney, Thompson’s acting can be enjoyed in whatever project she’s involved with.

Alan Rickman – Professor Severus Snape

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Though often difficult to love in his role as Professor Snape, Alan Rickman is capable of much more than the monotone portions master. He is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and his formal training has involved him in many Shakespearian productions. Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, and Antony and Cleopatra are only a few of the many projects that Rickman has participated in throughout his acting career.

Maggie Smith – Professor Minerva McGonagall

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Maggie Smith has had a long acting career spanning across the globe from the London stage to Stratford, Ontario. Her work with the Stratford Festival landed her roles as Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra. She has also starred as Desdemona in the 1965 film adaptation of Othello. At eighty years old, Dame Maggie Smith is still acting and will probably appear on stage again.

Ralph Fiennes – Lord Voldemort

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Another Royal Shakespeare Company alum, Fiennes has taken on roles from Hamlet to the one “who must not be named” himself, Lord Voldemort. Since the mid-eighties, he has played many of the great Shakespearian roles from lovesick Romeo, to aging Prospero. He received a Tony Award for his portrayal of Prince Hamlet on Broadway, and made his debut as a director with his adaptation of Coriolanus. Though his role as Voldemort is finished, Fiennes continues to be heavily involved in Shakespeare productions.

Fiona Shaw – Mrs. Petunia Dursley 

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It may not be easy to picture tight-lipped Mrs. Dursley as Richard II, but Fiona Shaw has successfully tackled both roles. She has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her most memorable appearance in a Shakespearian production was in her role as Richard the II in 1997 gender bending rendition of the play. She remains one of the top classical actresses working today.

Win Tickets to the 4th annual Shakespeare Challenge!

March 13, 2015 at 11:18 am | Posted in Fundraisers, Shakespeare Challenge, Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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Shakespeare in Action is holding the 4th annual Shakespeare Challenge fundraising gala on March 25, 2015 at The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, and we want you to join us!

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The Cast of The Tempest from the 2013 Shakespeare Challenge

For the past three years, community members from the corporate sector fearlessly took to the stage in productions of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night to raise funds for Shakespeare In Action’s educational programming. Their generosity has helped to foster literacy, enhance creativity and promote speech arts for youth at risk in Toronto’s priority neighborhoods.

This year, The Challenge will feature twelve community members coming together to unleash their inner Shakespeare under the direction of Shakespeare in Action’s renowned Artistic Director Michael Kelly. Our Challenge Champions will perform an abridged version of The Comedy of Errors. In a race against time, these brave souls have rehearsed one night a week for eight weeks to prepare and present this memorable production. That’s the Shakespeare Challenge!

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Shakespeare Challenge, where guests will be treated to a performance of The Comedy of Errors, food and drink, and a live and silent auction with fabulous packages, including a trip for 2 to Montreal to attend a Just For Laughs event, wine tasting tours, golfing passestheatre tickets, and many more! Most importantly, all funds raised will go towards Shakespeare in Action’s educational programming, giving access to the arts to students in priority neighbourhoods across Toronto!

HOW TO ENTER:

To enter, all you have to do is send an e-mail to jenny@shakespeareinaction.org with your name and contact information, and tell me who your favourite character from The Comedy of Errors is!

Contest closes at 11:59PM on Friday, March 20, 2015. Winner will be selected at random and contacted via phone or email. 

Good luck to everyone who enters!

WANTED- Volunteer Piano Player and Auctioneer for the Shakespeare Challenge Fundraising Gala!

March 11, 2015 at 11:40 am | Posted in Shakespeare Challenge, Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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Shakespeare in Action is looking for a volunteer piano player and a volunteer auctioneer for the 4th annual Shakespeare Challenge fundraising gala on March 25, 2015. The event will take place at The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, located at 14 Elm Street, near Yonge and Dundas.

We are looking for an individual to play pleasant and lively music to entertain guests during the reception. The event begins at 7:00PM, and will be over by 10:30 at the latest, with a break in the middle to enjoy the performance and live auction. We can offer a small stipend for the evening, but this will be a volunteer position.

Our volunteer auctioneer will be responsible for running the live auction that will take place right after the show has finished. The live auction should last for about 20 minutes total, and will include under 10 packages. You will be invited to join us beforehand to enjoy the show, as well as the reception right after the live auction has been completed.

For more information on the Shakespeare Challenge, please visit: http://www.shakespeareinaction.org/event/the-shakespeare-challenge/

If you are interested in volunteering for the evening with us, please contact Michael Kelly at info@shakespeareinaction.org, or (416) 703-4881.

Shakespeare Young Company for Teens- Register by March 20 for the Early Bard discount!

March 9, 2015 at 12:14 pm | Posted in Educational Programming, Shakespeare Summer Camps, Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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The Shakespeare Young Company for Teens is a 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.

INFO:

  • 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: TBA
  • Work with a professional actor
  • Act, sing, improvise, design sets and costumes
  • Build confidence
  • Make new friends
  • Step into the spotlight!

DAILY SCHEDULE:

9:00 – 9:15 – Welcome and warm-up
9:15 – 10:15 – Voice and movement work
10:15 – 10:30 – Break & snack
10:30 – 11:30 – Choral, text, and scene work
11:30 – 12:15 – Lunch
12:15 – 1:45 – Play development and rehearsal
1:45 – 2:00 – Break & snack
2:00 – 4:00 – Set, costume, and prop design
4:00 – Campers head home

COST:

$900 per camper (plus Eventbrite fees)

Early Bard Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2015 (Enter the promo code “EarlyBard” and save 10%)

Registering Siblings? Use the promo code “EarlyBardFamily.” After March 20, use “FamilyBard.”

For more information, or to register, please visit out Shakespeare Young Company for Teens page!

Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids- EarlyBard registration deadline is March 20!

March 6, 2015 at 11:53 am | Posted in Educational Programming, Shakespeare Summer Camps, Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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As we approach the March Break, many of us will start to plan what our Shakespeare Kids will be doing during the even longer Summer Break! Shakespeare in Action is once again offering a Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids in Toronto, and registration is open!

INFO

  • 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: TBA
  • Work with a professional actor
  • Act, sing, improvise, design sets and costumes
  • Build confidence
  • Make new friends
  • Step into the spotlight!

DAILY SCHEDULE:

9:00 – 9:15 – Welcome and warm-up
9:15 – 10:15 – Voice and movement work
10:15 – 10:30 – Break & snack
10:30 – 11:30 – Choral, text, and scene work
11:30 – 12:15 – Lunch
12:15 – 1:45 – Play development and rehearsal
1:45 – 2:00 – Break & snack
2:00 – 4:00 – Set, costume, and prop design
4:00 – Campers head home

COST:

$500 per child (plus Eventbrite fees)

Early Bard Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2015 (Enter the promo code “EarlyBard” and save 10%)

Registering Siblings? Use the promo code “EarlyBardFamily.” After March 20, use “FamilyBard.”

For more information, and to register, please visit out Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids page!

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