design

Spotlight on Summer Camp: Production Design!

Summer is just around the corner, and with it our summer camps! Over the next few weeks, we will be uploading short video segments from our camps demonstrating the value of this summertime experience. Each video showcases a different aspect of our camp.

This week we’ll be highlighting the work done behind the scenes in our Kids’ Camp and The Young Company for Teens!

As you can see, campers do much more than simply learn lines and where to stand, they make the show! It’s a great opportunity to learn from a professional actor, work behind the scenes on sets and costumes, build confidence and new friendships. For more information or to register, click here.

But who will be teaching your children these skills? Who will be taking care of your children while you finally get that pedicure and heed the call of bliss? Who is Shakespeare In Action?! Tune in next week to find out…or watch the videos on our YouTube channel here!

National Shakespeare Youth Festival – Design

From E.L. Crossley Secondary School, Kaitlyn Daw, Katie Galvin, and Christina Picton’s work for Hamlet – winners for their costume designs!

From E.L. Crossley Secondary School, Kelly Nori and Axel Kinnear’s work for Hamlet – winners for their set design!

National Shakespeare Youth Festival Update – E.L. Crossley

By: Kelly Nori and Axel Kinnear (designing a set and costumes for Hamlet)

So far, the Shakespeare Festival project has been going very well.  Axel and I are working hard together and using our time effectively.  Recently, we sat down and tried to realistically set goals for finish our project.  We decided that by Monday, April 18 we wanted to have three character drawings done, and we were able to accomplish that goal.  By Friday, April 22 we want to have both of our set drawings done, and by Tuesday, April 26, we want to have everything complete, so that we can focus on our interview during class. We have spent a lot of time considering characters, theme, logistics, etc.; so we are hoping that our project turns out to be very strong.  This week in class we are focusing on the drawing of the set. Today in class we thought up different ideas about our set, and then made some decisions. It has difficult to maintain levels and depth within the set, while also considering the small details of props; in the end, we came up with some unique ideas that were inspired by the line “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”  I think that we are on track to finish, and we are continuing to work well with each other. Our goals are set, and now we must complete them!

National Shakespeare Youth Festival Update – E.L. Crossley

By: Kelly Nori and Axel Kinnear (designing a set and costumes for Hamlet)

So far our Shakespeare Festival Project has been going very well.  At the beginning of the planning process, Axel and I decided that I would do most of the research and organization projects, while Axel would focus more on drawing. During class time, Axel and I have chosen the characters that we want to design costumes for, and discussed their traits and physical appearance; finally, we came up with certain colours and styles we wanted them to wear.

We also discussed the set, and how to achieve levels and depth, but still keeping it cohesive with the looks of our clothing. I have done some research outside of school about the laws related to clothing in the Elizabethan period, and architecture during that time as well. This research has helped Axel and I get much work done during class, because we know the certain rules that must be followed, and we can design based on ‘what is allowed.’

Axel will do some drawings outside of school in the next few days, so that we are sure to keep the project moving at a steady pace. We plan to have the project completed by at least April 21, so that we can edit anything that we are not happy with and prepare ourselves for the interview on the actual day of the Shakespeare festival.

Overall, we have had a great start to the project and we enjoy working on it. It’s fun to consider characters in a new way and think about what they may wear based on who they are as a person. This project has also allowed us to use our creative minds collaboratively to come up with some good ideas related to Hamlet. I am excited to see some of the sketches being formed, and eventually excited to see the stage layout (considering I am much more skilled with stage management). I think that Axel is enjoying the project as well and looks forward to using his knowledge of art to create extraordinary costume designs that will make the characters come to life. We are working well as a team, and seem to get most of our work done outside of class; overall we are on track for the festival on April 27.

National Shakespeare Youth Festival Guidelines: Design

How To… Design Sets and Costumes

Participants: 1 – 3 students

What you’ll need to present:

In-Schools Festival: Renderings for costumes for AT LEAST 5 separate characters; AND ground plans and front-perspective drawings showing your ideas for a set design. You can visit the Virtual Shakespeare Lab for examples of each.

National Festival: In addition to the above, students must provide fabric swatches for costumes, a SECOND drawing for each of the 5 characters, and a basic paper-model of the set design. You will also need to contribute to the Festival blog each week, so make sure you keep your entries up to date!

Keep in mind: When developing your ideas, imagine you are designing costumes and set for a real full-scale production with an endless budget! Students should justify how the design relates to the play and why this design has been chosen.

For more tips and info, click below!

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Greetings from Alberta: Checking in with some of our National Shakespeare Youth Festival participants!

As part of our National Shakespeare Youth Festival, we asked students participating at the national level to submit a blog entry giving us an idea of how their creative process is working.  Below is an entry from a design team out of Alberta, which we will be sure to follow up with some pictures of their project!

Hello all,

Our names are Josh, Kelsey and Daniel, and we are from Edmonton, AB. The three of us are nerdy homeschooled teens, with a slightly unhealthy obsession with theatre and Shakespeare. We were excited to take on the design project, and chose A Midsummer Night’s Dream as the play to design. We thought A Midsummer Night’s Dream would offer lots of opportunities for creative designs. Our set has changed dramatically and we’ve learned about the rapid evolution that a set plan can go through! We started creating our 1/25 scale model of the set today. It was exciting because after all the drawing, we finally started seeing come to life. 🙂 The next step in the process is to the finish the set decoration which will include texturing and painting. We are looking forward to seeing how the overall design with evolve in the final stages!

Kelsey Johnson, Josh Travnik, and Daniel Belland (SHiNE homeschool- Design category)

Editor’s Note: I, too, have a slightly unhealthy obsession with Shakespeare and theatre and can’t wait to meet the Alberta contingent and see their fabulous design work!

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…