A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“You have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,”

A Huge Success! Shakespeare Challenge 2016

Thanks to the tireless work of our team at Shakespeare in Action, our wonderful donors and the amazing work of our participates – The Shakespeare Challenge 2016 production of “A Midsummer Nights Dream” was a great success.  We would like to take the time out to acknowledge and thank those whose planning, time and effort made our 2-night sold out performance possible.

First we would like to thank the group of 14 volunteer, non-actors from the community who worked tirelessly with our Artistic Director Michael Kelly and Stage Manager/ Event Coordinator, Jeanine Thrasher. Our participants volunteered 3 hrs a week for over eight weeks for this project. Without their passion, enthusiasm and dedication this production would not have been possible. A particular thank you goes out to the talents of Costume Designer – Mary Margaret Annab, our Technical Director – Adam Bromley and Assistant Stage Manager – Lydia Connor.

Secondly, a thank you to the over 180 attendees in the community for their continued support and interest in the important work of Shakespeare in Action in the community and this production. Access to the Arts and community engagement is a fundamental cornerstone to Shakespeare in Actions mandate and with tremendous community support in events like these we continue to make important strides.

Once again, thank you so much to everyone involved – see you next year for Shakespeare Challenge 2017!

Lastly, we must also thank our incredible list of Donors who helped us create a successful Online, Silent/Live Auction to support our fundraising efforts.

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Canadian Opera Company
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Great Escape Book Store
Hart House Theatre
Hot Docs
Konzelmann Estates
Kula Yoga Studios
Mabel’s Fables Bookstore
Margaret Atwood
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Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
Moksha Yoga
Mysteriously Yours
Ontario Science Center
Opera Atelier
Oxford Inn
Paupers Pub
Sanagan’s Meat Locker
Shaw Festival
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Sleuth of Baker Street
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Steam Whistle
Stratford Festival
Strewn Winery
Suzanne Manvell
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The Shakespeare In Action Blog is Moving!

The time has come, my friends, to move the Shakespeare In Action Blog a bit closer to home.

Sad, I know, but it’s not like we’re leaving the internet for good! You can visit us at our new home:

http://www.shakespeareinaction.org/blog.html

We’ve got loads of new ideas for blog posts coming, including news and information about our upcoming shows, educational programming, and fundraisers! Bookmark our new page and visit us sometime! We are keeping this page up as well, so you will be able to access all of our blog posts of the past!

Away, away! Once more, sweet lords farewell.

Photo Friday!

 Today marked the end of our season, our first full season!

Our revels now are ended.

 

These our actors, / As I foretold you, were all spirits and / Are melted into air, into thin air:

 

And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, / The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,

 

The solemn temples, the great globe itself / Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve,

 

And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, / Leave not a rack behind. (The Tempest, 4.1)

 

And I am sent with broom before / To sweep the dust behind the door. (A Midsummer Night's Dream, 5.1)

 

 

Ready, Set, Shakespeare!

We are proud to announce our new 2010-2011 season. Please join us in creating invigorating, challenging, joyful theatre experiences for students!

SIA is Canada’s leading Shakespeare company for young audiences, with over 22 years experience. We return with a new season of work for students of all ages, featuring three timeless classics told with our usual innovative and artistic flair! And some brand new programs to boot!

What makes us different is that we hire professional Equity actors, meaning your students will see the highest quality performances at the most affordable rates in Toronto!

Stay tuned to our website and blog for more information (website to be updated shortly!) or call us to book today. Remember, if you book before June 30, you can buy tickets to our mainstage shows for a LOW $12 per student. That price includes all taxes and we don’t charge a booking fee.

Let us know what you think of the season and we hope to see you soon!

A behind the scenes tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Today we open A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Central Commerce Collegiate!  We’re very excited to present our first mainstage production in our new home and we’ve invited pretty much everyone we know.  In honour of the event, we thought we’d give you a behind the scenes look at what’s been going on to prepare us for the occasion!

First up: the set!  Here is what it’s going to look like, more or less:

Here is what our stage will look like...

Danger! Lightbulbs sometimes break, thank goodness someone made a sign...I would've cartwheeled otherwise!

One room out of our three was dedicated to building the set and backdrop.  While touring with my camera, I encountered the above sign on the door.  It must have been quite the adventure in that room as everything was coming together!  So here’s a look at how the backdrop and trees were made by cutting trunks from canvas and painting them to look like multi-coloured tree trunks.

Making the backdrop: measuring triangles!

A box full of colours!

Resourcefulness leads to recycled paint containers.

The mess remains...

Now that we have the stage under control, it’s time to clothe those actors! So bust out that sewing machine, we’re making costumes.  And masks, many masks!

Let's get sewing!

Costumes, as organized by character...

The sketches are up next to the sewing machine...

Oberon's cape of feathers...an adventure in hot glue!

A few finished masks and a lot of art supplies!

Mixing paint to make masks...

A finished mask...and more sketches.

And that is all we’re going to show you! If you want to see the rest, you’ll have to come see our show…

Our Mainstage Launches- A Midsummer Night’s Dream

We have launched our main-stage production for 2010, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, playing at the Auditorium at Central Commerce CI in downtown Toronto. Our team of professional artists brings this much-loved classic to life for young audiences.  Featuring puppetry, dance, music and mask, our production will have young audiences excited to learn more about Shakespeare and his work!

“Students hung on to every word, laughed at every joke and followed every twist of plot” – The Toronto Star

The show is priced affordably for students ($15) and teacher tickets are free!

For more information, click here.