Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids and Young Company for Teens- Registration Deadline Extended!

June 15, 2015 at 11:52 am | Posted in Shakespeare Summer Camps, Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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Still haven’t decided how you want to spend your summer vacation? Good news- There’s still time!

We have extended the registration deadline for our Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids, and Young Company for Teens summer intensive training program to June 25, 2015!

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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
  • Step into the spotlight!

Eventbrite - 2015 Shakespeare in Action Summer Camp for Kids!

Shakespeare Young Company for Teens

What's that you say?

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
  • Step into the spotlight!

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!

Shakespeare at the Movies- Jurassic World

June 11, 2015 at 11:46 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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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!

Shakespeare at the Movies- Spy

June 4, 2015 at 11:26 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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The latest film from Paul Feig, Spy, is a comedy that is certainly going to help us kick off the sumer with a good laugh! This hilarious cast has appeared in several stage and screen adaptations of Shakespeare’s works, and not just the comedies! Let’s see who has been involved with The Bard before:

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Jude Law (Bradley Fine)

Appeared in:

  • Henry V (Noël Coward Theatre, 2013) as Henry V
  • Hamlet (Wyndham’s Theatre, 2009) as Hamlet
  • Pericles (Royal National Theatre, 1994)

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Raad Rawi (Tihomir Boyanov)

Appeared in:

  • Much Ado About Nothing (Playhouse Theatre, 1998)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company tour, 1988) as Theseus/Oberon

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Rose Byrne (Rayna Boyanov)

Appeared in:

  • Wicker Park (2004) as Alex

*This movie is inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

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Jason Statham (Rick Ford)

Appeared in:

  • Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) as Tybalt

Did I miss someone? Leave a comment and let me know!

SHAKESPEARE IN ACTION SUMMER PROGRAMMING- FOCUS PLAYS ANNOUNCED!

May 28, 2015 at 11:50 am | Posted in Shakespeare Summer Camps, Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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Shakespeare in Action is thrilled to announce the focus plays for the 2015 Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids, and Shakespeare Young Company for Teens summer training program, starting on June 29!

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Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids 2014- The wonderful cast of Twelfth Night!

Campers at the Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids will perform their very own version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies!

Camp runs from June 29- July 10, 2015, and is for kids aged 7-12. To sign up for camp, please visit our Eventbrite registration page!

Shakespeare Young Company for Teens 2014- The wonderful cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream!

Shakespeare Young Company for Teens 2014- The wonderful cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Teens who participate in the Young Company for Teens will have the opportunity to create a multi-media version of Hamlet, one of Shakespeare’s best known (and performed) plays.

The training program runs from June 29- July 24, and its for teens aged 13-17. To sign up for the program, please visit our Eventbrite registration page!

Shakespeare Young Company for Teens- Build a Show From the Ground Up!

May 27, 2015 at 10:16 am | Posted in Shakespeare Summer Camps, Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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The Shakespeare Young Company for Teens summer intensive training program is now a 4-week intensive training program in stage and film performance! Professional actors and directors lead workshops in theatre and film techniques. Participants rehearse and perform one of Shakespeare’s more challenging plays, and are encouraged to develop their own interpretations of Shakespeare’s works to create and showcase a multi-media performance for friends and family! The program runs from June 29- July 24, 2015 at our headquarters in Toronto. Watch below for some great footage of past productions!

For more information, or to register, visit our Young Company for Teens page!

Have a younger Shakespeare fan that is looking to step into the spotlight this summer too? Visit our Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids page to find out more about our summer programming for kids!

Shakespeare Young Company for Teens- Testimonials

May 19, 2015 at 11:58 am | Posted in Shakespeare Summer Camps, Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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The Shakespeare Young Company for Teens summer intensive training program is back for the summer of 2015! This year, the program will run from June 29- July 24, 2015, at our headquarters in Toronto, and will focus on acting for stage and screen! Teens will create their own multi-media Shakespeare production, leading up to a performance on the last day for their friends and families. See what some past participants have to say about their time with us!

For more information, or to register for camp, visit our Young Company for Teens page!

Have a younger Shakespeare fan that is looking to step into the spotlight this summer too? Visit our Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids page to find out more about our summer programming for kids!

Shakespeare Young Company for Teens- Be Part of the Company!

May 13, 2015 at 10:51 am | Posted in Shakespeare Summer Camps, Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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Teen performers will have the chance to become a part of Shakespeare in Action at the Shakespeare Young Company for Teens summer training program! Running from June 29- July 24, 2015, teens will receive training in stage and film performance and will create their own multimedia Shakespeare production!

For more information, or to register for camp, visit our Young Company for Teens page!

Have a younger Shakespeare fan that is looking to step into the spotlight this summer too? Visit our Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids page to find out more about our summer programming for kids!

Shakespeare Was a Muggle

March 17, 2015 at 11:50 am | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies, Shakespeare In Culture | Leave a comment
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J.K. Rowling is one of the bestselling British authors of all time. Her books are internationally beloved. However, there is another author from England who is equally renowned. That writer is none other than William Shakespeare himself. There may be few apparent connections between the magical world that Harry Potter and his friends live in and Hamlet’s Denmark, Shylock’s Venice, or any of the other characters and settings in Shakespeare’s works. Yet, there is something about the two author’s works that inspire crossovers, if not with plots then with people. The Harry Potter franchise has had some of the world’s best Shakespearian actors and actresses take on the roles of muggles and wizards alike.

Here is a list of some Shakespearian Actors and their connections to Harry Potter:

Kenneth Branagh – Professor Gilderoy Lockhart

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Professor Lockhart may not be the most memorable character from the Harry Potter franchise, but when portrayed by Shakespearian heavyweight Kenneth Branagh on screen, it is difficult not to pay attention. Away from Harry Potter, Branagh is known for his abilities to bring the Bard to the big screen. His film adaptations include Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Hamlet, and Love’s Labour’s Lost. He has also appeared onscreen as Iago in Oliver Parker’s Othello. Aside from his films, Branagh has been connected to countless stage productions.

Emma Thompson – Professor Sybill Trelawney

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The former wife of Branagh, Thomson has acted in Shakespeare adaptations on and off the screen. She appeared alongside Branagh in Henry V before taking on a lead role in his Much Ado About Nothing. She has also been involved in several stage productions of Shakespeare’s works throughout her acting career. Though her portrayal of sharp-tongued Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing may make her unrecognizable as the helter-skelter Professor Trelawney, Thompson’s acting can be enjoyed in whatever project she’s involved with.

Alan Rickman – Professor Severus Snape

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Though often difficult to love in his role as Professor Snape, Alan Rickman is capable of much more than the monotone portions master. He is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and his formal training has involved him in many Shakespearian productions. Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, and Antony and Cleopatra are only a few of the many projects that Rickman has participated in throughout his acting career.

Maggie Smith – Professor Minerva McGonagall

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Maggie Smith has had a long acting career spanning across the globe from the London stage to Stratford, Ontario. Her work with the Stratford Festival landed her roles as Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra. She has also starred as Desdemona in the 1965 film adaptation of Othello. At eighty years old, Dame Maggie Smith is still acting and will probably appear on stage again.

Ralph Fiennes – Lord Voldemort

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Another Royal Shakespeare Company alum, Fiennes has taken on roles from Hamlet to the one “who must not be named” himself, Lord Voldemort. Since the mid-eighties, he has played many of the great Shakespearian roles from lovesick Romeo, to aging Prospero. He received a Tony Award for his portrayal of Prince Hamlet on Broadway, and made his debut as a director with his adaptation of Coriolanus. Though his role as Voldemort is finished, Fiennes continues to be heavily involved in Shakespeare productions.

Fiona Shaw – Mrs. Petunia Dursley 

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It may not be easy to picture tight-lipped Mrs. Dursley as Richard II, but Fiona Shaw has successfully tackled both roles. She has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her most memorable appearance in a Shakespearian production was in her role as Richard the II in 1997 gender bending rendition of the play. She remains one of the top classical actresses working today.

Shakespeare Young Company for Teens- Register by March 20 for the Early Bard discount!

March 9, 2015 at 12:14 pm | Posted in Educational Programming, Shakespeare Summer Camps, Toronto Happenings | Leave a comment
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The Shakespeare Young Company for Teens is a 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.

INFO:

  • 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: TBA
  • Work with a professional actor
  • Act, sing, improvise, design sets and costumes
  • Build confidence
  • Make new friends
  • Step into the spotlight!

DAILY SCHEDULE:

9:00 – 9:15 – Welcome and warm-up
9:15 – 10:15 – Voice and movement work
10:15 – 10:30 – Break & snack
10:30 – 11:30 – Choral, text, and scene work
11:30 – 12:15 – Lunch
12:15 – 1:45 – Play development and rehearsal
1:45 – 2:00 – Break & snack
2:00 – 4:00 – Set, costume, and prop design
4:00 – Campers head home

COST:

$900 per camper (plus Eventbrite fees)

Early Bard Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2015 (Enter the promo code “EarlyBard” and save 10%)

Registering Siblings? Use the promo code “EarlyBardFamily.” After March 20, use “FamilyBard.”

For more information, or to register, please visit out Shakespeare Young Company for Teens page!

Shakespeare at the Movies- The Oscars 2015

February 19, 2015 at 1:09 pm | Posted in Shakespeare at the Movies | Leave a comment
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On Sunday night, Hollywood will celebrate and present the 87th Academy Awards. The nominees this year have given some of the best performances of their careers, but today I want to focus on their accomplishments as Shakespearean actors! Find out which of the acting nominees have Shakespeare included in their bodies of work below!

michael-keaton-birdman Michael Keaton (Actor in a Leading Role, Birdman)

Appeared in:

  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993) as Dogberry

eddie-redmayne-the-theory-of-everythingEddie Redmayne (Actor in a Leading Role, The Theory of Everything)

Appeared in:

  • Twelfth Night (2002, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre) as Viola
  • Richard III (2011, Donmar Warehouse) as Richard III

 benedict-cumberbatch-the-imitation-gameBenedict Cumberbatch (Actor in a Leading Role, The Imitation Game)

Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2001, Open Air Theatre) as Demetrius
  • Love’s labour’s Lost (2001, Open Air Theatre) as King of Navarre
  • Romeo and Juliet (2002, Open Air Theatre) as Benvolio
  • As You Like It (2002, Open Air Theatre) as Orlando
  • The Hollow Crown- Richard III (2016, TV mini-series) as Richard III
  • The Hollow Crown- Henry VI Park 2 (2016, TV mini-series) as Richard III

marion-cotillard-two-days-one-nightMarion Cotillard (Actress in a Leading Role, Two Days, One Night)

Appearing in:

  • Macbeth (2015) as Lady Macbeth

 eddie-redmayne-the-theory-of-everythingFelicity Jones (Actress in a Leading Role, The Theory of Everything)

Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (2010) as Miranda

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Ethan Hawke (Actor in a Supporting Role, Boyhood)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (2000) as Hamlet
  • Henry IV (2004, Lincoln Center Theater) as Hotspur
  • The Winter’s Tale (2009 Stage Production)
  • Macbeth (2013, Lincoln Center Theater) as Macbeth

meryl-streep-into-the-woodsMeryl Streep (Actress in a Supporting Role, Into the Woods)

Appeared in:

  • The Taming of the Shrew (1978, Shakespeare in the Park) as Katherine
  • Romeo and Juliet (2012, Shakespeare in the Park Staged Reading) as Juliet

neil-patrick-harris-romeo*BONUS- Neil Patrick Harris (The host this year!)

Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (1998, Old Globe Theatre) as Romeo

Did I miss someone? Which of these roles is your favorite? Who do you think will walk away a winner on Sunday? Leave a comment and let us know!

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