On Saturday, May 14th, Shakespeare in Action held its annual Youth Festival finals…
…and the results are in!
Stay tuned for updates from the Design and Film categories!
Perhaps you’ve noticed that lately we’ve been posting a lot of updates about our National Shakespeare Youth Festival. The Festival is our annual multi-disciplinary arts festival that we hold in schools across the country. Simply put, schools sign up and then begin working on creative responses to Shakespeare through various categories like acting, dance, film and design.
The 2011 Festival is well under way with the students working frantically to get all their ideas together and ready to present. Some students have been kind enough to find the time to write up process updates on their work and their experience. We’ve been posting them to liven up the blog and to give other participants something inspiring to read! Check back next week for more Festival updates!
By: Allyssa Davies (acting in a Hamlet duologue with Victoria)
Friday, April 15, 2011
Victoria and I have decided to do the duologue for the Shakespeare festival. We have been a little behind track, for Victoria and I have been away from school on the days we got to work on Shakespeare. We decided to do the duologue because we only had two people in our group.
We had a hard time deciding on what scene we were going to act. We thought about doing the Queen and Ophelia having a conversation after Ophelia’s father had been killed. We thought that it would be nice to show how these two characters interact after the Queen says what happened and Ophelia begins to go crazy. Unfortunately. we were unable to find enough sentences to act out between the Queen and Ophelia.
So we decided to use the end scene of Hamlet. This is where Hamlet and Laertes fight. We went through and discovered many things between the lines that we wanted to portray as we act it out. Victoria and I worked through the script adding and taking out lines and making sure it was all Shakespeare’s language.
We have also started choreographing the steps for the fight scene. We are really slow right now but, with practise, I’m sure we will get better.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Victoria and I have been working on the fight scene and trying to choreograph the steps. We have come down to counting it out and we have been able to speed up the process of fighting. It is not in slow motion anymore. We have also looked on-line for help on how to choreograph a sword fight.
We have managed to finish the script and are fixing up certain spots. We may need to add in more lines if we need to have more time because we have up to 7 minutes. I believe that our script and sword fight will bring a better understanding that many people do not see when reading it. We tried to dig deep between the lines, and we have brought up new thoughts and ideas and I hope that the judges see that and are able to tell what we have done.
Victoria and I have also discussed costumes. We think we will have a black shirt verses a white shirt (one colour symbolizing each character), jeans, and have home made swords (made out of present wrapping paper rolls). We also want one sword to be darker than the other to symbolize that it is tainted with poison.
By: Melissa Kohli (creating a film response to Hamlet)
After a few adjustments, our film planning has been finalized and will be completed by the end of the week. It is a modern take on the relationships between Hamlet and his mother, Gertrude, as well as the relationship between Hamlet and his uncle, Claudius. In our film, we expose the depth of Hamlet’s emotional confusion on his life decisions. Using a motorcycle accident, news reports, and confrontation scenes, we explore Hamlet’s life after his father’s death. We’re really excited to film and plan to have everything edited over the Easter weekend.
Original King Hamlet: “The Hammer” – Drew Saltarelli
King Claudius: New Boyfriend – Robbie Molnar
Queen Gertrude: Mom – Melissa Kohli
Hamlet: “Hammer Jr.” – Eric Blanchard
News reporter: Austin Wassink
Rest of Biker Gang: Carly Mueller, Laura Sawula
Director: Drew Saltarelli
Editing: Drew Saltarelli/Laura Sawula
Costumes: Carly Mueller
Music: Robbie Molnar/Austin Wassink
Script-Writing: Melissa Kohli
By: Kelly Nori and Axel Kinnear (designing a set and costumes for Hamlet)
So far, the Shakespeare Festival project has been going very well. Axel and I are working hard together and using our time effectively. Recently, we sat down and tried to realistically set goals for finish our project. We decided that by Monday, April 18 we wanted to have three character drawings done, and we were able to accomplish that goal. By Friday, April 22 we want to have both of our set drawings done, and by Tuesday, April 26, we want to have everything complete, so that we can focus on our interview during class. We have spent a lot of time considering characters, theme, logistics, etc.; so we are hoping that our project turns out to be very strong. This week in class we are focusing on the drawing of the set. Today in class we thought up different ideas about our set, and then made some decisions. It has difficult to maintain levels and depth within the set, while also considering the small details of props; in the end, we came up with some unique ideas that were inspired by the line “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” I think that we are on track to finish, and we are continuing to work well with each other. Our goals are set, and now we must complete them!
By: Kelly Nori and Axel Kinnear (designing a set and costumes for Hamlet)
So far our Shakespeare Festival Project has been going very well. At the beginning of the planning process, Axel and I decided that I would do most of the research and organization projects, while Axel would focus more on drawing. During class time, Axel and I have chosen the characters that we want to design costumes for, and discussed their traits and physical appearance; finally, we came up with certain colours and styles we wanted them to wear.
We also discussed the set, and how to achieve levels and depth, but still keeping it cohesive with the looks of our clothing. I have done some research outside of school about the laws related to clothing in the Elizabethan period, and architecture during that time as well. This research has helped Axel and I get much work done during class, because we know the certain rules that must be followed, and we can design based on ‘what is allowed.’
Axel will do some drawings outside of school in the next few days, so that we are sure to keep the project moving at a steady pace. We plan to have the project completed by at least April 21, so that we can edit anything that we are not happy with and prepare ourselves for the interview on the actual day of the Shakespeare festival.
Overall, we have had a great start to the project and we enjoy working on it. It’s fun to consider characters in a new way and think about what they may wear based on who they are as a person. This project has also allowed us to use our creative minds collaboratively to come up with some good ideas related to Hamlet. I am excited to see some of the sketches being formed, and eventually excited to see the stage layout (considering I am much more skilled with stage management). I think that Axel is enjoying the project as well and looks forward to using his knowledge of art to create extraordinary costume designs that will make the characters come to life. We are working well as a team, and seem to get most of our work done outside of class; overall we are on track for the festival on April 27.