A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Summer Camp – Days 5 & 6

The past two days have been busy, as the teens approach the half-way point of their 4-week program and the kids kick it into high-gear for this Friday’s show.  Here’s a glimpse behind the summer camp scenes:

- Young Co. for Teens -  Designing costumes for Hamlet

– Young Co. for Teens –
Designing costumes for Hamlet    

- Young Co. for Teens -  Cast photo, costumes in progress

– Young Co. for Teens –
Cast photo, costumes in progress

- Young Co. for Teens -  The final scene unfolds in rehearsal

– Young Co. for Teens –
The final scene unfolds in rehearsal

- Kids' Camp -  Shakespeare says...stretch

– Kids’ Camp –
Shakespeare says…stretch

- Kids' Camp -  Shakespeare says...hands on hips

– Kids’ Camp –
Shakespeare says…hands on hips

- Kids' Camp -  Putting the final touches on set and props

– Kids’ Camp –
Putting the final touches on set and props

- Kids' Camp -  Sending their voices to the balcony - Bea volunteers to go first

– Kids’ Camp –
Sending their voices to the balcony – Bea volunteers to go first

Summer Camp – Day 4

Yesterday, the kids designed costumes and chose elements (earth, air, water, fire), colours, and lines (straight, curved, jagged etc.) to represent their characters’ traits.  Today, we were back in the design room, trying on hats, shirts, vests, dresses, scarves – you name it – till everyone had an outfit.

- Kids' Camp -  Ivy's costume design for Puck: element (air); colours (dark green, light green, brown); lines (flat = obedient, squiggly = mischievous, crooked = makes mistakes)

– Kids’ Camp –
Ivy’s costume design for Puck: element (air); colours (dark green, light green, brown); lines (flat = obedient, squiggly = mischievous, crooked = makes mistakes)

 

It was a day of collaboration and creativity for the teens.  They penned their own script and filmed it, developing both acting and camera skills.

- Young Co. for Teens -  ...And action.

– Young Co. for Teens –
…And action

Summer Camp – Day 3

Hamlet has been cast!  Guildenstern is dead (that is, he has been cut from the script) – and there is debate as to whether Rosencrantz (who will deliver Guildenstern’s lines) should be dubbed Rosenstern, Guildencrantz, or Rosencrantz Guildenstern.  The teens spent much of the day re-reading the script in role…but not without a little nonsense thrown into the mix.

 

- Young Co. for Teens -  I'm sorry, why exactly are you late?

– Young Co. for Teens –
Why are you late? The eager employees mime an excuse for the late party (far right), who has to figure it out. If the boss (second from right) catches her employees slacking, they have to provide excuses good enough to save themselves from being fired.

- Young Co. for Teens -  Typing

– Young Co. for Teens –
What, we were typing…really.

- Young Co. for Teens -  What was that about an elephant?

– Young Co. for Teens –
What was that about an elephant?

- Young Co. for Teens -  Can you figure out what they're trying to communicate?

– Young Co. for Teens –
Can you figure out what on earth they’re trying to communicate?

- Young Co. for Teens -  Sabio, your excuse makes no sense!

– Young Co. for Teens –
Sabio, you are so fired.

 

The kids warmed up in the morning with some animal imagination and movement exercises.  Rehearsals continued, and costume design begun!

- Kids' Camp -  Imagine yourself as an animal.

– Kids’ Camp –
Imagine yourself as an animal.

- Kids' Camp -  Move as your animal - it's a zoo in here!

– Kids’ Camp –
Move as your animal – it’s a zoo in here!

- Kids' Camp -  On to rehearsals

– Kids’ Camp –
F-B: Lysander, Helena, Hermia

- Kids' Camp -  Designing costumes!

– Kids’ Camp –
Designing costumes!

 

Summer Camp – Day 2

The teens were in auditions for most of the day so, in lieu of photographs of them, we give you one of this skull – found in one of Central Toronto Academy’s many wonderful art displays!

- Young Co. for Teens -  Alas, poor Yorick!

– Young Co. for Teens –
Alas, poor Yorick!

 

As for the kids, the parts have been announced!  The team spent the day re-reading the script in-role and blocking the first few scenes of the show.

- Kids' Camp -  Time for a read-through, in role!

– Kids’ Camp –
Time for a read-through, in role!

- Kids' Camp -  Cast photo, in character!

– Kids’ Camp –
Cast photo, in character!

 

 

 

Summer Camp – Day 1

The Bard has begun at Shakespeare in Action – with the first day of our Summer Camp for Kids and Young Company for Teens!

The kids hit the stage and after some name games, Zip-Zap-Zop, tongue twisters, and a slew of Elizabethan insults, the ensemble tackled their first read-through of the A Midsummer Night’s Dream script.  Director, Aris and Assistant Director, Gabriella, look forward to announcing everyone’s parts tomorrow!

- Kids' Camp -  Gabriella (Assistant Director) & Aris (Director)

– Kids’ Camp –
Gabriella (Assistant Director) & Aris (Director)

- Kids' Camp -  Enjoying a little lunch & sunshine!

– Kids’ Camp –
Enjoying a little lunch & sunshine!

The Young Company for Teens is in for a challenge this year, navigating one of the Bard’s best-known tragedies, Hamlet.  In the afternoon, the ensemble worked its way through the script. Director, Joe, and Assistant Director, Sabio, are gearing up for tomorrow’s auditions!

- Young Co. for Teens - Breaking the ice,

– Young Co. for Teens –
Breaking the Ice, “Big Booty” style

- Young Co. for Teens - Reading the Hamlet script for the first time

– Young Co. for Teens –
Reading the Hamlet script for the first time

Summer Camp – Meet Gabriella, Assistant Director, Kids’ Camp!

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This is Gabriella Sundar Singh’s first year working with Shakespeare in Action, and she is thrilled! Gabriella’s passion for performance has been blossoming her whole life. She began studying Bharathanatyam (Classical Indian dance), and hit her first stage at the tender age of four-and-a-half. She caught the performance-bug, and continued to pursue the joy of performance through all venues. She is a classically trained soprano, classically trained pianist, and also enjoys playing the trumpet and the ukulele. Gabriella’s passion for dance has led her to study ballet, jazz and hip hop, and choreographs for her dance troupe ‘The Sona Girls,’ in Bollywood and Hip Hop. You can see her dancing her heart out on a Season 1 episode of “The Next Step,” (as seen on the Family Channel), titled “Break Stuff.”

Gabriella completed her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph, where she studied under the talents of Pat Flood, Ric Knowles, Jerrard Smith and Judith Thompson. Here, she learned the art of Stage Management and Technical Design and Production, while pursuing her main passion, acting. She went on to complete a Post-Graduate program at Centennial College in Children’s Entertainment, where she was immersed in the world of Children’s books, television, film, and media. She is currently studying Acting at the National Theatre School of Canada, in Montréal. Gabriella’s dream is to work with young people, creating art that is relevant, necessary and inspiring.

Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids and Young Company for Teens- ONLY 1 WEEK LEFT TO REGISTER!

Time is running out to register for our Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids and Young Company for Teens summer training program! There are still spots available for kids ages 7-17 to join us on stage for a few weeks of fun during their summer vacation. Registration ends on Thursday, June 25, 2015, so hurry and book your spot today!

Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids

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Kids will learn to act, sing, improvise, construct costumes, and design sets – all while having the time of their lives! The program runs for 2 weeks, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm daily. Our team of highly skilled professional actors provide master-class level instruction. Kids perform their very own Shakespeare production for parents, extended family, and friends!

  • 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: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Work with a professional actor
  • Act, sing, improvise, design sets and costumes
  • Build confidence
  • Make new friends

Eventbrite - 2015 Shakespeare in Action Summer Camp for Kids!

Shakespeare Young Company for Teens

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This is 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.

  • 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: Hamlet
  • Work with a professional actor
  • Act, sing, improvise, design sets and costumes
  • Build confidence
  • Make new friends

Eventbrite - 2015 Shakespeare in Action Summer Camp for Teens!

Have a question about Shakespeare in Action’s summer programming? E-mail us at education@shakespeareinaction.org, or call us at (416) 703-4881!