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Shakespeare at the Movies- Jurassic World

The moment film fans from around the world have been patiently waiting for for many years has finally arrived… The latest film in the Jurassic Park series is being released this week! In what is sure to be one of the biggest movies of the summer, Jurassic World picks up many years after the original (and may or may not ignore the events of the 2nd and 3rd in the series, to many fans’ delight.) The (almost) entirely new cast have a wide range of experience in different genres of film, with a few Shakespearean film and stage roles on their resumes!

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Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire)

Appeared in:

  • As You Like It (2006) as Rosalind
  • As You Like It (The Public Theater, 2003) as Rosalind

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Arrfan Khan (Masrani)

Appeared in:

  • Haider (2014) as Roohdaar
  • Maqbool (2003) as Maqbool

*To read more about recent popular Shakespeare adaptations in Bollywood, check out one of our past blog posts!

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BD Wong (Dr. Henry Wu)

Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (Roundabout Theatre Company, 1989) as Ariel

Did I miss someone? Do you think Shakespeare would enjoy the Jurassic Park series? Leave a comment and let us know!

Volunteer Opportunity- Shakespeare in High Park!

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Interested in getting involved in Canada’s longest running outdoor theatre event? Canadian Stage is currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers to support Shakespeare in High Park (June 26 – August 31)! Volunteers act as Front of House ushers, accepting donations, giving out programs, and helping patrons find seats. Shifts are in the evenings from 5:30 – 8:30 pm, and scheduling is flexible. Volunteers will make new friends, gain customer service and leadership skills, and will also be rewarded with tickets for the Canadian Stage 2014/15 season. Get involved and volunteer under the starry skies in High Park!

To find out more, visit canadianstage.com/volunteer or email volunteers@canadianstage.com. Volunteers must attend an orientation session on Wednesday June 4 at 5:30, Saturday June 7 at 2 pm or Tuesday June 10 at 5:30. All orientation sessions are held at 26 Berkeley Street (Front & Sherbourne).

Did You Know? Shakespeare Was Also An Actor…

Did you know that during Shakespeare’s lifetime he was also an actor? It is not known how many roles he played, but we know he began his career on the stage by at least 1592, since there is reference to this in Robert Greene’s Groatsworths Of Wit. In 1594, he had already established himself as an actor and playwright, then William Shakespeare became a shareholder in Lord Chamberlain’s Men, one of the most popular acting troupes in London. He remained a part of this company for the rest of his career, often playing before the court of Queen Elizabeth I.

Other roles that many believe Shakespeare played were the title role in Edward I: a play by Edward Peele in 1593, and smaller roles in a variety of his own plays, including: As You Like It (Adam), Macbeth (King Duncan), Henry IV (King Henry), and Hamlet (Hamlet’s father). Shakespeare’s first biographer, Nicolas Rowe, referred to a role by William Shakespeare, as “the ghost in his own Hamlet and that he was ‘the top of his performance’. William Shakespeare the actor soon moved on to become William Shakespeare the playwright and theatre owner.

Humber River Shakespeare Presents “AS YOU LIKE IT”

Humber River Shakespeare presents AS YOU LIKE IT

Humber River Shakespeare
presents
As You Like It

 

Humber River Shakespeare is currently touring its outdoor production of As You Like It.

In this enchanting and witty comedy, a well matched pair of lovers, both banished, seek refuge in the Forest of Arden. Only one complication prevents their love from flourishing: the lovesick Rosalind is disguised as a man. As she teaches Orlando how to woo, her frustration yields to high comedy in this tale of cross-dressing, mistaken identity, poetry, song, humor, and shrewd observations about love, marriage, fate, and human nature.

For full touring details, including all Toronto performances please click here.

All performances are Pay What You Can with a suggested donation of $15/person.

Bring your blanket or lawn chair, a picnic, and enjoy theatre under the stars!

 

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What an incredibly talented group of actors. From top to bottom, all the performances were stellar.

– Jean, audience member in Bolton

Thank you for returning again to Schomberg. Shakespeare outdoors is the most enjoyable way to see these plays. I look forward to your visit every year!

– Clare, audience member in Schomberg

I’ve stayed away from seeing Shakespeare for years…I never got it.  But after seeing your production I can’t wait to see your show next year. A wonderful experience and a great way to spend the evening.

– James, audience member in Aurora

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What If Shakespeare…were a DENTIST?

Tooth Clip Art Welcome, young man (1). What! sigh for the toothache? Where is but a humour or a worm (2). Come, come, and sit you down (3). For there was never yet philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently (4).

Open your mouth (5). O horror, horror, horror (6)! Thou odouriferous stench! sound rottenness (7)! He lives upon mouldy stew’d prunes and dried cakes (8).

Give me that mattock and the wrenching iron (9).  [Strange and several noises of roaring, shrieking, howling, jingling chains, and more diversity of sounds, all horrible (10). Strange screams of death (11).] Be calm, be calm (12)!

The long day’s task is done (13); teeth as white as whale’s bone (14)! I will fetch you a tooth-picker now (15). Take leave until we meet again (16). Till then fair hope must hinder life’s decay (17).

1) As You Like It, V.iv, 256

2) Much Ado About Nothing, III.ii, 1223-4

3) Hamlet, III.iv, 2404)

4) Much Ado About Nothing, V.i, 2103-4

5) The Tempest, II.ii, 1171

6) Macbeth, II.iii, 835

7) King John, III.iv, 1410

8) Henry IV, Part II, II.iv, 1403

9) Romeo and Juliet, V.iii, 2959

10) The Tempest, V.i, 2296-98

11) Macbeth, II.iii, 825

12) Coriolanus, III.i, 1774

13) Antony and Cleopatra, IV.xiv, 3021

14) Love’s Labour’s Lost, V.ii, 2249-50

15) Much Ado About Nothing, II.i, 647

16) Henry VI, Part III, II.iii, 1070

17) Henry VI, Part III, IV.iv, 2258

Shakespeare re-arranged by Lisa

Image: http://www.clker.com/clipart-tooth.html

What if Shakespeare…had the world’s worst CAT?

I cannot choose: sometime he angers me /With telling me of the mouldwarp and the ant, /Of the dreamer Merlin and his prophecies, /And of a dragon and a finless fish, /A clip-wing’d griffin and a moulten raven, /A couching lion and a ramping cat. [1] Some, that are mad if they behold a cat; /And others, when the bagpipe sings i’ the nose, /Cannot contain their urine. [2] I could endure any thing before but a cat, and now he’s a cat to me. [3] civet is of a baser birth than tar. [4] You fur your gloves with reason. [5]

Purr! the cat is gray. [6] Like the poor cat i’ the adage. [7] Since we have locks to safeguard necessaries, /And pretty traps to catch the petty thieves. [8] If the cat will after kind [9], pray you, sir, use the carp as you may. [10]

The cat, with eyne of burning coal, /Now crouches fore the mouse’s hole; [11] Yet, foul night-waking cat, he doth but dally. [12] Come on your ways; open your mouth; here is that which will give language to you, cat: open your mouth. [13] The cat will mew, and dog will have his day. [14]

A pox on him, he’s a cat still. [15] Hang off, thou cat, thou burr! vile thing, let loose, /Or I will shake thee from me like a serpent! [16] Zounds … a cat, to scratch a man to death! […] Why the devil came you between us? I was hurt under your arm. [17]

Shakespeare re-arranged by Zhan Zhang.

References:

1) Henry IV, Part I [III. 1.1693-1698]

2) Merchant of Venice [IV. 1. 1980]

3) All’s Well That Ends Well [IV. 3. 2320]

4) As You Like It [III. 2. 1180]

5) Troilus and Cressida [II. 2. 1028]

6) King Lear [III. 6. 2049]

7) Macbeth [I. 7. 522]

8) Henry V [I. 2. 321]

9) As You Like It [III. 2. 1213]

10) All’s Well That Ends Well [V. 2. 2636]

11) Pericles [III. 0. 1123]

12) Rape of Lucrece 605

13) Tempest [II. 2. 1171]

14) Hamlet [V, 1.3638]

15) All’s Well That Ends Well [IV. 3. 2357]

16) Midsummer Night’s Dream [III. 2.1303]

17) Romeo and Juliet [III. 1. 1605-1609]

What if Shakespeare…LIVE-TWEETED WRITING HIS FIRST SONNET?

In honour of our upcoming Sonnets by Kids event – the most adorable Valentine’s idea of all time! – let’s imagine that Shakespeare was trying to preserve every moment of his creative process for the ages.

(NB: The Dark Lady is the name we give to the anonymous woman who inspired many of Shakespeare’s sonnets; Christopher Marlowe was Shakespeare’s only plausible rival among the Elizabethan playwrights, who died too young to reach his full potential. Anne Hathaway (!) was Shakespeare’s wife who lived far from London.)

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DarkLady: @WillShakes Truly, I would the gods had made thee poetical. (1) #BoredofAvon

WillShakes: @DarkLady I do not know what ‘poetical’ is. Is it honest in deed and word? Is it a true thing? (2)

DarkLady: @MarloweFabulous @WillShakes D: What’s here? the portrait of a blinking idiot, Presenting me a schedule!  (3)

MarloweFabulous: @DarkLady @WillShakes virginity is peevish, proud, idle, made of self-love, which is the most inhibited sin in the canon. (4) #getoveryself

WillShakes: @DarkLady Assist me, some extemporal god of rhyme, for I am sure I shall turn sonnet. Devise, wit; write, pen! (5) #WritingUSonnets

DarkLady: I’ll believe as soon This whole earth may be bored. (6)

WillShakes: @DarkLady “From fairest creatures we desire increase, / That thereby beauty’s rose might never…” (7) — melt? break? fry? #wordchoicelesigh

WillShakes: Oh – die! “rose might never die” (should not have been so hard 😦 oh well)

WillShakes: (I have heard a sonnet begin so to one’s mistress.) (8) So it’s all about ‘we want more of you!’ 🙂

DarkLady: If thou say so, villain, Thou kill’st thy mistress. (9) Tush, none but minstrels like of sonneting! (10)

WillShakes: @DarkLady “But as the riper should by time decease, / His tender heir might bear his memory.”  (11) Better?

WillShakes: My sister wants me to talk about the “marriage of true minds” (12) – guess she missed mine. #hathawayfollies

MarloweFabulous: @WillShakes Thy marriage, sooner than thy wickedness. (13)

WillShakes: @MarloweFabulous You’re shallow, madam, in great friends; for the knaves come to do that for me which I am aweary of. (14) ;P

DarkLady: @WillShakes If you’re going to write this stop interrupting and explain what you mean, this is pretty abstract 😡

WillShakes: AAAGGHHH BACK TO WORK TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY THIS IS TITUS ALL OVER AGAIN #betterin1590

WillShakes: Where were we again – wait – hang on – ok, here we go, on a roll, just gonna post these as I get ’em:

WillShakes: @DarkLady “From fairest creatures we desire increase, / That thereby beauty’s rose might never die”(15) = there should always be more you!

WillShakes: @DarkLady “But as the riper should by time decease, / His tender heir might bear his memory.” (16) = it’s okay, you’ll have cute babies!

WillShakes: @DarkLady “But thou contracted to thine own bright eyes, / Feed’st thy light’s flame with self-substantial fuel,” (17) = oh no, you’re too vain to think about kids!

WillShakes: @DarkLady”Making a famine where abundance lies, / Thy self thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel:” (18) = that means you might leave the world w/o your looks!

WillShakes: @DarkLady”Thou that art now the world’s fresh ornament, And only herald to the gaudy spring,” (19) = honestly lady, you’re life & beauty incarnate!

WillShakes: @DarkLady”Within thine own bud buriest thy content, And tender churl mak’st waste in niggarding:” (20) = so don’t ‘save yourself’ – there’s enough win for everyone!

WillShakes: @DarkLady”Pity the world, or else this glutton be, / To eat the world’s due, by the grave and thee.” (21) = better have kids or you’ll have wasted PERFECT GENES ;P

DarkLady: @WillShakes …It shall suffice, sir. (22) ;3  So rude, but so funny! It’s you all over, really.

DarkLady: @WillShakes I probably should get on the kids thing, considering my super-secret identity (you know)…usual time? 😉

WillShakes: I need to write more of these; so much easier than a whole play! #moneyfornothing

LizziesaurusRex: @WillShakes And that would set my teeth nothing on edge, Nothing so much as mincing poetry (23) – keep writing plays. Not a request.

WillShakes: @Lizziesaurus Rex My precious queen, forebear. (24) Side project it is. I’ll give it a title later. Maybe ‘The Alpha Sonnet’? Eh, just ‘Sonnet 1’ for now.

 

(Shakespeare rearranged/interpolated/mangled by David)

Sources:

(1) Touchstone, As You Like It (III.iii.1517)

(2) Audrey, As You Like It (III.iii.1518-19)

(3) Prince of Aragon, The Merchant of Venice (II.ix.1184-5)

(4) Parolles, All’s Well That Ends Well (I.i.146-8)

(5) Don Adriano, Love’s Labor’s Lost (I.ii.479-81)

(6) Hermia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (III.ii.1085-8)

(7) Sonnet 1

(8) Duke of Orleans, Henry VIII (III.vii.1681)

(9) Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra, (IV.iii.1082-3)

(10) Biron, Love’s Labor’s Lost (IV.iii.1489-90)

(11) Sonnet 1

(12) Sonnet 116

(13) Countess, As You Like It (I.iii.358)

(14) Clown, All’s Well That Ends Well (I.iii.362-3)

(15) Sonnet 1

(16) Sonnet 1

(17) Sonnet 1

(18) Sonnet 1

(19) Sonnet 1

(20) Sonnet 1

(21) Sonnet 1

(22) Francis Feeble, Henry IV Part 2 (III.ii.2021)

(23) Hotspur, Henry IV Part 1 (III.1.1677-9)

(24) Antony, Antony and Cleopatra (I.iii.382)

What if Shakespeare…were on the ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS?

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

It’s the 1964 animated holiday classic, narrated by a sensible snowman named Sam (Burl Ives), who carries an umbrella, plays the banjo, and sports a tartan vest.

Really, who can resist the cute ostracized deer and his new-found friends, Hermy, the elf-turned-(self-proclaimed)-dentist, and Yukon Cornelius, “The Greatest Prospector of the North”?

In the winter holiday spirit, we thought we’d try something a little different –

Charlie:  Halt, who goes there?

Yukon Cornelius:  Us, of course.  Who’d ‘ya think?

Charlie:  Oh, well, then, that’s okay.  Okay!?  Who may I ask are you?

Rudolph:  We’re Rudolph, Hermy, and Yukon Cornelius, sir.  Who are you?

Charlie:  I’m the official sentry for the Island of Misfit Toys, toys of desperation, / Without more motive (1).

Hermy:  A Jack-in-the-Box for a sentry?

Charlie:  Yes, my name is –

Rudolph:  Don’t tell me [pause] “Jack.”

Charlie:  No, “Charlie.”  That’s why I’m a misfit toy.  My name is all wrong. No child wants to play with a Charlie-in-the-box, so I had to come here, this island / Where man doth not inhabit… / Being most unfit to live (2).

HermyWhat’s in a name? that which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet; / So [Charlie] would, were he not [Charlie] call’d, / Retain that dear perfection which he owes / Without that title (3).

RudolphBanished I am (4), the red glow of scorn and proud disdain (5).

Yukon CorneliusSit still, and hear the last of our sea-sorrow (6).

HermyFirst, for his [pointing to Rudolph] weeping into the needless stream: / ‘Poor deer,’ quoth he [pointing to Yukon Cornelius] (7).

Yukon CorneliusHere in this island we arrived… (8)

HermyWe did, my lord, weeping and commenting / Upon the sobbing deer (9).

CharlieThere’s toys abroad: anon I’ll tell thee more (10).

RudolphLamenting toys / Is jollity for apes and grief for boys (11).

CharlieThat ‘banished,’ that one word ‘banished’ (12).

Rudolph: I’ll give thee armour to keep off that word: / …comfort thee, though thou art banished (13).

Original script written by Johnny Marks, interrupted occasionally by Shakespeare

Shakespeare re-arranged by Laboni

1) Hamlet, 1.4

2) The Tempest, 3.3

3) Romeo & Juliet, 2.2

4) Henry VI, Part II; 3.2

5) As You Like It, 3.4

6) The Tempest, 1.2

7) As You Like It, 2.2

8) The Tempest, 1.2

9) As You Like It, 2.2

10) King John, 1.1

11) Cymbeline, 4.2

12) Romeo & Juliet, 3.2

13) Romeo & Juliet, 3.3