Acting

Summer Camp – Days 15 to 17

Hamlet is one day away!

This has been a busy week for filming – Horatio, Bernardo, and Marcellus’ first encounter with the ghost of Hamlet Senior; as well as Queen Gertrude in her closet.

When filming, the same segment must be filmed over and over again from different angles.  A huge thank-you to the actors for their patience, stamina, and consistent effort!

 

- Young Co. for Teens -  On set for a day of filming: Queen Gertrude hears Hamlet...

– Young Co. for Teens –
On set for a day of filming: Queen Gertrude hears Hamlet…

In a long, dark hallway in the basement...filming the first encounter with the Ghost.  Marcellus: "Look, where it comes again!"

In a long, dark hallway in the basement…filming the first encounter with the Ghost. Marcellus: “Look, where it comes again!”

IMG_3299 Shakespeare in Action - Summer Camp - 2015 - Teens - Hamlet - Question it, Horatio

Horatio: “What art thou that usurp’st this time of night?”

Horatio, Bernardo, and Marcellus flee in fear, as Isabelle (left) and Gabriella (centre) capture the sound for the scene.

Horatio, Bernardo, and Marcellus flee in fear, as Isabelle (left) and Gabriella (centre) capture the sound for the scene.

Hamlet takes to the stage, the second of three in our show.

Hamlet takes to the stage, the second of three in our show.

Ophelia

Ophelia

Summer Camp – Days 10 to 14

The Young Company for Teens has had a busy week, rehearsing both on-stage and on-screen scenes.  Props, costumes, and a little bit of fake blood have been thrown into the mix – all the elements are coming together!

 

- Young Co. for Teens -  In rehearsal, Laertes and Hamlet grapple in the graveyard.

– Young Co. for Teens –
In rehearsal, Laertes and Hamlet grapple in the graveyard.

The foils! How we love gold duct tape!

The foils! How we love gold duct tape!

Assistant Director, Sabio, leads the ensemble in an early-morning warm-up

Assistant Director, Sabio, leads the ensemble in an early-morning warm-up

On break with Ophelia's body double

On break with Ophelia’s body double

Making fake blood - with corn syrup, chocolate syrup, red and green food colouring

Making fake blood – with corn syrup, chocolate syrup, red and green food colouring

Voice work

Voice work

Queen Gertrude and King Claudius listen, as Polonius reads Hamlet's love letter

Queen Gertrude and King Claudius listen, as Polonius reads Hamlet’s love letter

Director, Joe Bucci, blocks the play within the play, one of several screen scenes

Director, Joe Bucci, blocks the play within the play, one of several screen scenes

The players

The players

Summer Camp – Day 9 – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Kids’ Show!)

- Kids' Camp -  L-R: Demetrius, Egeus, Duke Theseus, Hippolyta, Lysander, Hermia.  Egeus is displeased that his daughter, Hermia, favours Lysander over Demetrius.

– Kids’ Camp –
L-R: Demetrius, Egeus, Duke Theseus, Hippolyta, Lysander, Hermia. Egeus is displeased that his daughter, Hermia, favours Lysander over Demetrius. (Rehearsal)

L-R: Hermia and Lysander plan to flee Toronto.

L-R: Hermia and Lysander plan to flee Toronto.

L-R: Hermia and Helena, who wishes she could

L-R: Hermia and Helena, who wishes she could “sway the motion of Demetrius’ heart.”

Helena:

Helena: “How happy some o’er other some can be! Through [Toronto] I am thought as fair as she.” (Rehearsal)

Peter Quince:

Peter Quince: “Here is the scroll of every man’s name…” (Rehearsal)

L-R: Puck and Titania's Fairy. Puck:

L-R: Puck and Titania’s Fairy. Puck: “I am that merry wanderer of the night.”

L-R: Oberons' Fairy, Oberon, Oberon, Puck, Titania, Titania's Fairy.  Oberon and Titania quarrel.  (Rehearsal)

L-R: Oberons’ Fairy, Oberon, Oberon, Puck, Titania, Titania’s Fairy. Oberon and Titania quarrel. (Rehearsal)

L-R: Oberon, Oberon, Puck...and the purple love-in-idleness flower, whose juice

L-R: Oberon, Oberon, Puck…and the purple love-in-idleness flower, whose juice “will make man or woman madly dote upon the next live creature that it sees.” (Rehearsal)

L-R: Oberon, Titania, Oberon. Oberon anoints Titania's eyes: "Wake when some vile thing is near."

L-R: Oberon, Titania, Oberon. Oberon anoints Titania’s eyes: “Wake when some vile thing is near.”

L-R: Lysander and Puck. Puck mistakenly anoints Lysander's eyes.  (Rehearsal)

L-R: Lysander and Puck. Puck mistakenly anoints Lysander’s eyes. Lysander falls for Helena…and abandons Hermia. (Rehearsal)

L-R: Bottom, Flute, Bottom, Snug.  The amateur acting troupe rehearse in the woods.  Puck is about to make some mischief.

L-R: Bottom, Flute, Bottom, Snug. The amateur acting troupe rehearse in the woods. Puck is about to make some mischief. (Rehearsal)

L-R: Bottom and Flute. Flute:

L-R: Bottom and Flute. Flute: “O Bottom, thou art changed!”

Titania:

Titania: “What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?”

L-R: Bottom and Titania.  Bottom:

L-R: Bottom and Titania. Bottom: “Reason and love keep little company together now-a-days.”

L-R: Demetrius and Hermia, who questions Demetrius about Lysander's whereabouts.  Hermia:

L-R: Demetrius and Hermia, who questions Demetrius about Lysander’s whereabouts. Hermia: “I pray thee, tell me that he is well.”

L-R: Puck, Demetrius, Oberon, Oberon.  Oberon anoints Demetrius' eyes.  (Rehearsal)

L-R: Puck, Demetrius, Oberon, Oberon. Oberon anoints Demetrius’ eyes. Demetrius falls for Helena too. (Rehearsal)

Helena, who believes that everyone in love with her is mocking her:

Helena, who believes that everyone in love with her is mocking her: “Can you not hate me, as I know you do?”

L-R: Helena, Demetrius, Hermia, Lysander.  Helena:

L-R: Helena, Demetrius, Hermia, Lysander. Helena: “I pray you, gentlemen, let her not hurt me.” (Rehearsal)

L-R: Helena and Demetrius, sleeping.

L-R: Helena and Demetrius, sleeping.

L-R: Puck, Lysander, Oberon, Oberon, Titania.  Time to set things right.

L-R: Puck, Bottom, Oberon, Oberon, Titania. Time to set things right.

L-R: Lysander, Egeus, Duke Theseus.  Egeus summons the horns to wake the lovers.

L-R: Lysander, Egeus, Duke Theseus. Egeus summons the horns to wake the lovers.

L-R: Demetrius, Helena, Hermia, Lysander.  Demetrius:

L-R: Demetrius, Helena, Hermia, Lysander. Demetrius: “Are you sure that we are awake?” (Rehearsal)

Peter Quince in Pyramus and Thisbe, the play within the play:

Peter Quince in Pyramus and Thisbe, the play within the play: “In this same interlude it doth befall that I, one [Quince] by name, present a wall…”

L-R: Thisbe, Wall, Pyramus, Pyramus.  Pyramus and Thisbe - lovers separated by a wall - plan to meet at

L-R: Thisbe, Wall, Pyramus, Pyramus. Pyramus and Thisbe – lovers separated by a wall – plan to meet at “Ninny’s” tomb. (Rehearsal)

L-R:  Moonshine and Lion in "Ninny's" tomb.

L-R: Moonshine and Lion in “Ninny’s” tomb.

L-R:  Pyramus, Thisbe, Pyramus, Moonshine.  Thisbe: "Come, trusty sword...adieu, adieu, adieu."  (Rehearsal)

L-R: Pyramus, Thisbe, Pyramus, Moonshine. Thisbe: “Come, trusty sword…adieu, adieu, adieu.” (Rehearsal)

The Cast!

The Cast!

Aris, Director

Aris, Director

Gabriella, Assistant Director

Gabriella, Assistant Director

Isabelle, Summer Student

Isabelle, Summer Student

Summer Camp – Days 7 & 8

Four days will quickly steep themselves in night;
Four nights will quickly dream away the time…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I.i –

 

Where has this week gone?!  The Kids’ Camp show happened earlier today – photos to follow!  In the meantime, here are two of our favourites from earlier in the week:

- Young Co. for Teens -  The ensemble explores 3 dimensions of performance and polarities in theme and intent

– Young Co. for Teens –
 Exploring 3 dimensions of performance and polarities of theme and intent

 

One of this summer’s most beautiful moments: Thursday – the morning after a long day of rehearsal and the day before the show – Aris (Director), Gabriella (Assistant Director), and Isabelle (Summer Student) crank Twist & Shout through the auditorium for the kids.  They all danced their hearts out on stage:

- Kids' Camp -  Twist & Shout!

– Kids’ Camp –
Twist & Shout!

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!