Shakespeare Challenge

Community members have only six rehearsals to put on a show while raising funds to help support Toronto’s children.

2015/16 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT!

Shakespeare in Action is excited to announce our upcoming 2015/16 season! Tours, workshops, and our free library club are only some of the things that we will be bringing to your school and neighborhood in the coming year. We hope to continue fostering literacy, enhancing creativity and promoting speech arts in the lives of youth across Ontario. Take a look below to read about all of the great things we have in store for next season!

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop– School Tour, Nov 23- Dec 4, 2015 and April 18- May 6, 2016

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Returning for the 2015/16 by popular demand, 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.

The presentation features three professional actors, thumb-nail sketches of Shakespeare’s life and times, and key scenes & speeches from Shakespeare’s most popularly studied plays – including MacbethRomeo & Juliet and Hamlet.

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop brings alive the parallels between the world of the plays and their own contemporary experience. It’s the perfect complement to your in-class teaching of a specific play, in the beginning, in the middle or at the end.

Visit our website for more information, or to book your school today!

Masterclass Workshops– Available from September- July! 
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  • 75-minute exploration of any Shakespeare play.
  • An opportunity to work with an experienced actor-educator who visits your school.
  • A chance for students to be on their feet, exploring the text through voice and movement exercises.
  • For Kindergarten – Grade 12, up to 30 students per workshop.
  • Programs available for ELL, ESL/EDL students.

For more information, or to book a workshop, please visit our website!

School Residencies– Available from September- June!

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  • An in-depth study of a Shakespeare play over several weeks.
  • An opportunity to work with a professional actor-educator who visits your school.
  • An interactive and dynamic approach to Shakespeare that gets students on their feet and exploring the story.
  • For Kindergarten – Grade 12, up to 30 students per Residency.

Fore more information, or to book a residency, please visit our Residencies page!

TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club– Fall, Winter, and Spring Sessions
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  • free readers’ theatre program for kids ages 7-12
  • Magic, witches, ghosts, silly mix-ups, and swordplay in some of the greatest stories ever told!
  • Explore plays such as The Comedy of ErrorsMacbethA Midsummer Night’s DreamRomeo & JulietThe Tempest, and Twelfth Night.
  • Read aloud and play drama games and meet other Shakespeare fans!
  • Led by professional actors and educators.
  • Up to 24 participants per session.

Dates and locations coming soon. Check our website for updates!

The Shakespeare Challenge– April 6, 2016

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

For the past four years, community members from the corporate sector fearlessly took to the stage in productions of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s DreamThe TempestTwelfth Night, and The Comedy of Errors 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.

Play announcement and registration information coming soon! Check our website for updates!

Shakespeare Fight Club– Dates and location to be confirmed!

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Over eight rigorous weeks, Shakespeare in Actions leads an innovative new program in practical performance training, based in theories of embodiment. We blend stage combat, dance choreography and Shakespearean scene study with urban art forms such as break-dancing and hip hop, culminating in a series of public performances in the neighborhood. The program is led by an expert team of theatre professionals.

The program is based on the premise that young people at risk need safe creative spaces that are stimulating, challenging and thought provoking. We identify and address root causes of violence, and create a performance that seeks to positively reinforce the lives of our young participants, and to engender pride in the community.

For more information on the Shakespeare Fight Club, please visit our website!

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The Shakespeare Challenge 2015!

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.

The Shakespeare Challenge- Check out our live auction packages!

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!

Win Tickets to the 4th annual Shakespeare Challenge!

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!

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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.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS- STAGE MANAGER AND COSTUME DESIGNER

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Shakespeare in Action is looking for a volunteer Stage Manager and volunteer Costume Designer to help bring to life The Comedy of Errors as part of the 4th annual Shakespeare Challenge fundraiser. The Shakespeare Challenge is a fundraising event that benefits youth literacy from Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods by allowing them to experience exceptional professional theatre and educational programming through the works of Shakespeare that they would otherwise not have access to!

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

The Stage Manager will be responsible for:

  • Organizing rehearsal schedules
  • Preparing list of contacts
  • Maintaining weekly contact with participants, informing of them of any changes, updates, etc.
  • Assisting Director with recording blocking and taking other necessary notes with Stage Management Prompt Book
  • Organizing and maintain rehearsal space
  • Liaising with Shakespeare in Action office staff regularly throughout the duration of the rehearsals

Must be available for the following dates and times:

  • 6:30 pm-9:30 pm on January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 2015
  • The dress rehearsal on March 24 , 2015 and final performance on March 25, 2015 (Times TBD)

The Costume Designer will be responsible for:

  • Meeting with Director and cast members to discuss ideas and vision for character costumes
  • Creating appropriate costumes for the show using Shakespeare in Action’s costume collection
  • Purchasing or renting any additional costume pieces required.

Must be available for the following dates and times:

  • 6:30 pm-9:30 pm on February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 2015
  • The dress rehearsal on March 24 , 2015 and final performance on March 25, 2015 (Times TBD)

If you are interested in applying for either of these positions, please send a resume and cover letter to jenny@shakespeareinaction.org. Cover Letters can be addressed to Michael Kelly, Artistic Director.

Shakespeare in Action- 2015 at a glance!

Happy New Year, everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful and restful holiday season. The Shakespeare in Action team is officially back to work today, and we cannot wait to get started on all of the exciting projects we have lined up for the first half of 2015! Here is a sneak peak at what’s coming up!

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TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club

Winter Session- Saturdays, January 31 – March 7, 2015

  • free readers’ theatre program for kids ages 7-12!
  • Explore plays such as The Comedy of ErrorsMacbeth, A Midsummer Night’s DreamRomeo & JulietThe Tempest, and Twelfth Night.
  • Read aloud and play drama games and meet other Shakespeare fans!
  • Led by professional actors and educators.
  • Visit  the TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club page for locations and details!

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The Shakespeare Challenge

March 25, 2015 at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto

Purchase a ticket for the Shakespeare Challenge Gala Fundraiser and join us for:

  • An abridged version of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errorsperformed by a cast of courageous community members! (We have opened new spots in the cast, and the deadline to register is January 9th! Find out how to register here.)
  • Food, drink, and live music following the show!
  • A live and silent auction of fabulous items and packages!
  • The chance to give youth in priority neighborhoods across Toronto access to the arts through our subsidized ticket program!

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On the Mainstage: Hamlet

April 13-24, 2015

Our most recent production of Hamlet returns to the mainstage this Spring! This dreamlike production incorporates mask puppets and shadow play to create a visually rich and engaging show while staying true to Shakespeare’s text. Teen audiences will fall in love with our dark and brooding Hamlet as he perseveres to find the truth. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Visit our Hamlet page for prices and booking info!

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On Tour: Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop

May 4- May 15, 2015

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop is a vibrant, interactive presentation that demonstrates how modern hip-hop shares many similarities with the themeslanguage and rhythm used by Shakespeare. Both are full of poetry, word play and lyricism and both deal with what it is to be human.

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop brings alive the parallels between the world of the plays and their own contemporary experience. It’s the perfect complement to your in-class teaching of a specific play, in the beginning, in the middle or at the end. Visit our Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop page for booking info!

If you have any questions regarding our upcoming shows and events, please feel free to send us an e-mail, or call us at (416) 703-4881!