National Shakespeare Youth Festival

A annual high school competition showcasing the wonderful talents of emerging actors and actresses!

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National Shakespeare Youth Festival – Film

The film category is demanding as it requires acting and filmmaking skills, not to mention some sense of set and costuming!

Congratulations to Monarch Park Collegiate’s Alli Iannanen, Nataliya Pekar, and Mason Soares who created this film for Macbeth (4.1) – winner at this year’s Festival!  Peter Smith, adjudicator, praised them for filming outdoors (quite the challenge), for clear sound, and for lovely costumes.  This scene was originally filmed in the winter, with snow everywhere.  The team re-shot it entirely, applying the feedback from earlier stages.  Well done!

National Shakespeare Youth Festival – Acting

Congratulations to all Festival participants entered in the Acting category – we were all so impressed by the quality of your performances!

The Country Day School performs “Hamlet” (4.5) – winners in the 2012 Festival Acting division.  Peter Smith, adjudicator, commended the performance for being cohesive, having rising action, and being well-acted.  L-R: Alex Gruspier, Lukas Weese, Kelsey Houston, and Ilana Khani. Photo: Shakespeare in Action

The Country Day School performs “Hamlet” (4.5). L-R: Alex Gruspier, Lukas Weese, Kelsey Houston, Ilana Khani, and Jai Singh. Photo: Shakespeare in Action

The Country Day School performs “Hamlet” (4.5). L-R: Alex Gruspier, Jai Singh, Lukas Weese, Ilana Khani, and Kelsey Houston. Photo: Shakespeare in Action

Erin District High School performs “Macbeth” (1.3). Peter Smith, adjudicator, commended these three witches for their eerie performance and shrill – yet startlingly clear – voices. L-R: Katrina Kastelic, Keary Rodgers, and Jordyn Bell. Photo: Shakespeare in Action

Erin District High School performs “Macbeth” (1.3). L-R: Claire Leblanc, Kieran Klassen, Andres Caravantes, and Keiran Papp. Keiran Papp earned a Shakespeare Young Company for Teens scholarship for his stellar Macbeth. Photo: Shakespeare in Action

Monarch Park Collegiate performs “Much Ado About Nothing” (2.3). L-R: Naomi Brown, Alex Kilian, and Mythili Nair. Photo: Shakespeare in Action

Monarch Park Collegiate performs “Much Ado About Nothing” (2.3). Elena Wood earned a Shakespeare Young Company for Teens scholarship for her charming and nuanced Benedick. Photo: Shakespeare in Action

National Shakespeare Youth Festival – Workshops

It’s much ado about something!

On Saturday, May 12th, high school Shakespeare enthusiasts celebrated the Bard through acting, dance, design, and film!

2012 Festival Participants with Peter Smith, Amanda Gougeon, and Artistic Director, Michael Kelly. Photo: Shakespeare in Action

 

Design Workshop – Amanda Gougeon shares some of her Double Tragedy costume drawings with Festival Participants. Photo: Shakespeare in Action

 

Design Workshop – In the foreground, Juliet’s dress hangs as inspiration. Amanda Gougeon circulates, as Festival participants work in teams to design set, costumes, and lighting for  the Capulet ball.  Photo: Shakespeare in Action

 

Acting Workshop – Inspired by Hal and Falstaff, Peter Smith and Festival participant hurl Elizabethan insults at each other. Photo: Shakespeare in Action

 

Acting Workshop – Artistic Director, Michael Kelly, guides Festival participants through a powerful “To be, or not to be” choral. Photo: Shakespeare in Action

 

National Shakespeare Youth Festival Update – Workshops

On the day of the Festival, students from Bishop Allen Academy, E.L. Crossley Secondary School, and Elmira District Secondary School participated in some workshops with four professional actors and arts educators.  For sample videos and downloadable activities, check out our Virtual Lab!

Artistic Director Michael Kelly leads a "Language Across the Circle" exercise in a workshop with Festival students.

 

Laurel Paetz teaches students the fine art of hurling Shakespearean insults at each other.

 

Pete Smith laughs out loud, preparing the students for a choral reading from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

 

Xuan Fraser - who plays Bottom in our production of A Midsummer Night's Dream - tells students about his experience in the role.