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Step out of the office and into the spotlight- Take the Shakespeare Challenge!

Have an inner flair for the dramatic? Ever wanted to perform Shakespeare on stage? Here’s your opportunity! We are calling on all professionals with the desire to make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth!

The Shakespeare Challenge is an annual fundraiser, where community members from all walks of life (no acting experience required) come together to rehearse an abridged version of a Shakespeare play to raise funds for Shakespeare in Action’s educational programming!

Two past Shakespeare Challenge champions share their experience participating in the fundraiser, and why you should get involved!

Visit www.shakespeareinaction.org/shakespeare-challenge for more info!

Registration for the 5th Annual Shakespeare Challenge is Officially OPEN!

CALLING ALL PROFESSIONALS with the desire to make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth!

Antipholus of Ephesus and Dromio of Ephesus are locked out of their home.

Toronto, the city of workToronto, take a break and play! Step out of your Winter routine and into the spotlight this Spring, and join the cast of Shakespeare in Action’s 5th annual Shakespeare Challenge!

About the Challenge:

For the past four years, community members from the corporate sector fearlessly took to the stage in productions of some of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays to raise funds for Shakespeare In Action’s educational programming. Their generosity has helped to foster literacy, enhance creativity and promote speech arts for youth at risk in Toronto’s priority neighborhoods.

Shakespeare Challenge 2016
In celebration of the 5th Shakespeare Challenge, this year we are looking for a group of 14 courageous community members to volunteer their time to rehearse and perform an abridged version of one of Shakespeare’s beloved comedies, chosen between A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing,and As You Like It, at the Historic Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.

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Requirements for Shakespeare Challenge participants: 

  • 8 rehearsals, a small amount time. Tuesday’s only from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, January 12th– April 5th, 2016.
  • 8 tickets, sold for $75 each to friends, family members, and colleagues to the final show.
  • Be professionally coached and directed by our renowned Artistic Director, Michael Kelly.
  • Socialize & meet new friends that help to create an exciting community event that supports youth.
  • Ensure youth from priority neighbourhoods get access to professional theatre arts programming.
  • Make a commitment to have fun, exercise your inner actor and enjoy the magic of Shakespeare.

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Upon registration, each champion will make a tax deductible deposit of $100.00, and will commit to attending scheduled rehearsals, and selling a minimum of 8 tickets to the final performance on April 6, 2015.

To register, click on the Register Now button below!

The deadline to register is December 18, 2015.
Participants must be at least 18 years old.

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For more information  on rehearsals and other ways to get involved, please visit our website!

Let the 2015/16 Season Begin!

Shakespeare in Action is back in action after a restful summer break, and we are ready to bring you another great season for the 2015/16 school year! Whether you are looking to bring The Bard to your classroom, or your entire school, Shakespeare in Action has a program to meet your needs. Take a look below to read about all of the great things we have in store for the next year!

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop– School Tour, Nov 23- Dec 4, 2015 and April 18- May 6, 2016

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Returning for the 2015/16 season by popular demand, Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop is avibrant, interactive presentation that demonstrates how modern hip-hop shares many similarities with the themes, language and rhythm used by Shakespeare. Both are full of poetry, word play and lyricism, and both deal with what it is to be human.

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop brings alive the parallels between the world of the plays and their own contemporary experience. It’s the perfect complement to your in-class teaching of a specific play, in the beginning, in the middle or at the end.

Visit our website for more information, or to book your school today!

Masterclass Workshops– Available from September- July! 

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  • 75-minute exploration of any Shakespeare play.
  • An opportunity to work with an experienced actor-educator who visits your school.
  • A chance for students to be on their feet, exploring the text through voice and movement exercises.
  • For Kindergarten – Grade 12, up to 30 students per workshop.
  • Programs available for ELL, ESL/EDL students.

For more information, or to book a workshop, please visit our website!

Suddenly Shakespeare– Tour, April 4-15, 2016

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Shakespeare in Action brings Kim Selody’s sparking production of Suddenly Shakespeare to your school in the Spring of 2016!

This hour long performance brings four of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays –Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Macbeth and Twelfth Night – to life for children ages five to seventy-five. Featuring music, dance and physical comedy, the performance is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for young audiences. Make this a must see culture event for your students in the spring of 2016!

Visit our website to find out how to reserve your spot today!

School Residencies– Available from September- June!

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  • An in-depth study of a Shakespeare play over several weeks.
  • An opportunity to work with a professional actor-educator who visits your school.
  • An interactive and dynamic approach to Shakespeare that gets students on their feet and exploring the story.
  • For Kindergarten – Grade 12, up to 30 students per Residency.

Fore more information, or to book a residency, please visit our Residencies page!

TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club– Fall, Winter, and Spring Sessions

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  • free readers’ theatre program for kids ages 7-12
  • Magic, witches, ghosts, silly mix-ups, and swordplay in some of the greatest stories ever told!
  • Explore plays such as The Comedy of ErrorsMacbethA Midsummer Night’s DreamRomeo & JulietThe Tempest, and Twelfth Night.
  • Read aloud and play drama games and meet other Shakespeare fans!
  • Led by professional actors and educators.
  • Up to 24 participants per session.

Check our website for dates and locations!

The Shakespeare Challenge– April 6, 2016

The twins meet. Egeon re-unites with his sons, Antipholus...and Antipholus.

For the past four years, community members from the corporate sector fearlessly took to the stage in productions of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s DreamThe TempestTwelfth Night, and The Comedy of Errors to raise funds for Shakespeare In Action’s educational programming. Their generosity has helped to foster literacy, enhance creativity and promote speech arts for youth at risk in Toronto’s priority neighborhoods.

Play announcement and registration information coming soon! Check our website for updates!

Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids and Young Company for Teens Summer Training Program

The Cast!

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!

The cast and directing team!

Teens will participate in 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.

For more information, please visit the Shakespeare Summer Camp for Kids or Young Company for Teens page on our website!

2015/16 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT!

Shakespeare in Action is excited to announce our upcoming 2015/16 season! Tours, workshops, and our free library club are only some of the things that we will be bringing to your school and neighborhood in the coming year. We hope to continue fostering literacy, enhancing creativity and promoting speech arts in the lives of youth across Ontario. Take a look below to read about all of the great things we have in store for next season!

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop– School Tour, Nov 23- Dec 4, 2015 and April 18- May 6, 2016

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Returning for the 2015/16 by popular demand, Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop is a vibrant, interactive presentation that demonstrates how modern hip-hop shares many similarities with the themes, language and rhythm used by Shakespeare. Both are full of poetry, word play and lyricism, and both deal with what it is to be human.

The presentation features three professional actors, thumb-nail sketches of Shakespeare’s life and times, and key scenes & speeches from Shakespeare’s most popularly studied plays – including MacbethRomeo & Juliet and Hamlet.

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop brings alive the parallels between the world of the plays and their own contemporary experience. It’s the perfect complement to your in-class teaching of a specific play, in the beginning, in the middle or at the end.

Visit our website for more information, or to book your school today!

Masterclass Workshops– Available from September- July! 
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  • 75-minute exploration of any Shakespeare play.
  • An opportunity to work with an experienced actor-educator who visits your school.
  • A chance for students to be on their feet, exploring the text through voice and movement exercises.
  • For Kindergarten – Grade 12, up to 30 students per workshop.
  • Programs available for ELL, ESL/EDL students.

For more information, or to book a workshop, please visit our website!

School Residencies– Available from September- June!

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  • An in-depth study of a Shakespeare play over several weeks.
  • An opportunity to work with a professional actor-educator who visits your school.
  • An interactive and dynamic approach to Shakespeare that gets students on their feet and exploring the story.
  • For Kindergarten – Grade 12, up to 30 students per Residency.

Fore more information, or to book a residency, please visit our Residencies page!

TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club– Fall, Winter, and Spring Sessions
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  • free readers’ theatre program for kids ages 7-12
  • Magic, witches, ghosts, silly mix-ups, and swordplay in some of the greatest stories ever told!
  • Explore plays such as The Comedy of ErrorsMacbethA Midsummer Night’s DreamRomeo & JulietThe Tempest, and Twelfth Night.
  • Read aloud and play drama games and meet other Shakespeare fans!
  • Led by professional actors and educators.
  • Up to 24 participants per session.

Dates and locations coming soon. Check our website for updates!

The Shakespeare Challenge– April 6, 2016

Antipholus of Ephesus and Dromio of Ephesus are locked out of their home.

For the past four years, community members from the corporate sector fearlessly took to the stage in productions of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s DreamThe TempestTwelfth Night, and The Comedy of Errors to raise funds for Shakespeare In Action’s educational programming. Their generosity has helped to foster literacy, enhance creativity and promote speech arts for youth at risk in Toronto’s priority neighborhoods.

Play announcement and registration information coming soon! Check our website for updates!

Shakespeare Fight Club– Dates and location to be confirmed!

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Over eight rigorous weeks, Shakespeare in Actions leads an innovative new program in practical performance training, based in theories of embodiment. We blend stage combat, dance choreography and Shakespearean scene study with urban art forms such as break-dancing and hip hop, culminating in a series of public performances in the neighborhood. The program is led by an expert team of theatre professionals.

The program is based on the premise that young people at risk need safe creative spaces that are stimulating, challenging and thought provoking. We identify and address root causes of violence, and create a performance that seeks to positively reinforce the lives of our young participants, and to engender pride in the community.

For more information on the Shakespeare Fight Club, please visit our website!

The Shakespeare Challenge 2015!

Artistic Director, Michael Kelly in action

Our Artistic Director – Michael Kelly – in action

Michael introduces The Comedy of Errors: 12 community actors, 8 rehearsals, 1 show - a gala fundraiser in support of access to the arts!

Michael introduces The Comedy of Errors: 12 community actors, 8 rehearsals, 1 show – a gala fundraiser in support of access to the arts!

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Welcome to Ephesus…

Adriana mistakes Antipholus of Syracuse for her husband, Antipholus' identical twin.

…where Adriana mistakes Antipholus of Syracuse for her husband, Antipholus of Ephesus…

Antipholus of Ephesus and Dromio of Ephesus are locked out of their home.

…and Antipholus of Ephesus is locked out of his home, while Antipholus of Syracuse dines with Adriana. Dromio of Syracuse guards the door.

Antipholus of Syracuse declares his love for Luciana...Adriana's sister.

It’s only a matter of time before Antipholus of Syracuse falls for Luciana…Adriana’s sister…

...and the Courtezan becomes tangled in the mess.

…and the Courtezan becomes tangled in the mess.

Dromio of Ephesus, mistaken for his twin - Dromio of Syracuse - gets a beating.

Poor Dromio of Ephesus, mistaken for his twin – Dromio of Syracuse – gets a beating.

What is going on?

What is going on?

The twins meet.  Egeon re-unites with his sons, Antipholus...and Antipholus.

After much chaos, all twins meet. Egeon re-unites with his sons, Antipholus…and Antipholus. (Why would anyone give his twins the same name?)

Antipholus of Syracuse and Luciana

Antipholus of Syracuse declares his love for Luciana…again.

The Shakespeare Challenge- Check out our live auction packages!

There are only a few days left until the Shakespeare Challenge fundraising gala, and the SIA team, along with our Challenge Champions are putting the final touches on The Comedy of Errors, as well as the live and silent auction! Here is a sneak peak at what guests will be able to bid on in the live auction right after the show!

Montreal Trip– Take a round trip for 2 to Montreal, courtesy of VIA Rail to attend the Talk of the Fest Show from July 20-26 at the Just for Laughs Festival! Enjoy accommodations for one night provided by Delta Downtown Montreal, and brunch provided by Vieux-Port Steakhouse.

Value: $1116

Cottage Stay– Spend 2 nights at a beautiful 2 bedroom cottage overlooking Lake Erie. Valid from October- November for a perfect Fall getaway!

Value: $300

Oakdale Golf and Country Club- Enjoy a round of golf for 4 at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club in Toronto! Valid until Dec. 31, 2015.

*Please note that a $60 host caddy fee is also required.

Value: $700

Niagara-on-the-Lake Experience- Spend 2 nights at Aqua Bella B&B, and enjoy 2 tickets to a Shaw Festival Show. Complete your trip with a romantic wine tasting experience for 2 at Chateau des Charmes in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Value: $510

Stratford Festival Stay- Spend the night at Caledonia House, and see a show at the Stratford Festival during the 2015 season. Winners will also be treated to a complimentary tour of the Festival’s props and costumes warehouse!

Value: $345

Whole Beast Butchery Demo- Learn how to expertly cut your meats with a butchering class demonstration for 8 people at Sanagan’s Meat Locker.

Value: $750

The silent auction will have many more amazing packages to bid on! To join us for the Shakespeare Challenge, please visit our website to purchase tickets!

Win Tickets to the 4th annual Shakespeare Challenge!

Shakespeare in Action is holding the 4th annual Shakespeare Challenge fundraising gala on March 25, 2015 at The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, and we want you to join us!

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The Cast of The Tempest from the 2013 Shakespeare Challenge

For the past three years, community members from the corporate sector fearlessly took to the stage in productions of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night to raise funds for Shakespeare In Action’s educational programming. Their generosity has helped to foster literacy, enhance creativity and promote speech arts for youth at risk in Toronto’s priority neighborhoods.

This year, The Challenge will feature twelve community members coming together to unleash their inner Shakespeare under the direction of Shakespeare in Action’s renowned Artistic Director Michael Kelly. Our Challenge Champions will perform an abridged version of The Comedy of Errors. In a race against time, these brave souls have rehearsed one night a week for eight weeks to prepare and present this memorable production. That’s the Shakespeare Challenge!

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Shakespeare Challenge, where guests will be treated to a performance of The Comedy of Errors, food and drink, and a live and silent auction with fabulous packages, including a trip for 2 to Montreal to attend a Just For Laughs event, wine tasting tours, golfing passestheatre tickets, and many more! Most importantly, all funds raised will go towards Shakespeare in Action’s educational programming, giving access to the arts to students in priority neighbourhoods across Toronto!

HOW TO ENTER:

To enter, all you have to do is send an e-mail to jenny@shakespeareinaction.org with your name and contact information, and tell me who your favourite character from The Comedy of Errors is!

Contest closes at 11:59PM on Friday, March 20, 2015. Winner will be selected at random and contacted via phone or email. 

Good luck to everyone who enters!

WANTED- Volunteer Piano Player and Auctioneer for the Shakespeare Challenge Fundraising Gala!

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Shakespeare in Action is looking for a volunteer piano player and a volunteer auctioneer for the 4th annual Shakespeare Challenge fundraising gala on March 25, 2015. The event will take place at The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, located at 14 Elm Street, near Yonge and Dundas.

We are looking for an individual to play pleasant and lively music to entertain guests during the reception. The event begins at 7:00PM, and will be over by 10:30 at the latest, with a break in the middle to enjoy the performance and live auction. We can offer a small stipend for the evening, but this will be a volunteer position.

Our volunteer auctioneer will be responsible for running the live auction that will take place right after the show has finished. The live auction should last for about 20 minutes total, and will include under 10 packages. You will be invited to join us beforehand to enjoy the show, as well as the reception right after the live auction has been completed.

For more information on the Shakespeare Challenge, please visit: http://www.shakespeareinaction.org/event/the-shakespeare-challenge/

If you are interested in volunteering for the evening with us, please contact Michael Kelly at info@shakespeareinaction.org, or (416) 703-4881.

Songs for Shakespearience- A fundraiser from our friends at The Shakespearience Group!

Our friends at Shakespearience are having their first annual fundraiser, Songs for Shakespearience!

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The Shakespearience Group is preparing its summer season, and we’d like to expand! We are hoping to perform again at The Flounder Festival, here in Burlington, as well as at another local venue (TBA) and this time we’d like to go big (and not go home!). We’d like to introduce Youth Programming this summer at a local venue, as well as Masterclasses for 16+, and we’re planning on not only adding a few more adult thespians to our troupe, but creating an all-new entirely youth-cast to our production!

That’s right folks! We’re creating a great big Shakespeare family this summer – and we need your help! Promoting these shows, generating props and costumes, paying for rental spaces and production venues is pricey – and being the young company that we are, we need some extra help from our friends and fans!

We’d like you to join us for …

Songs for Shakespearience : A Fundraiser

Date:
Sunday March 8, 2015

Time:
2pm – Mocktails and Silent Song Auction
2:30pm – Curtain

Location:
Orchards Uptown Clubhouse
2025 Appleby Line,
Burlington, Ont.
L7L 7G8

Admission:
PWYC
Suggested Donation $15

What’s Happening?

The Shakespearience Group & Friends will be presenting a Family Friendly Showcase Recital as well as a Silent Song Auction.

What’s a Silent Song Auction you ask?

Well, it’s basically like a regular silent auction only you’ll be bidding on a performer to serenade you (or your loved one) with a song of your choosing (from our songbook) that the performer has never sung before… Which should make for some entertaining performances, and quick thinking! All in the spirit of Original Practices, where Shakespearean actors only received their cue lines and cut parts a day before the show, we’ve cut this timing down to learning a song only an hour before you perform it… Let the improvisation prevail!

The Shakespearience Group will be providing Mocktails, and other non-alcoholic beverages (including specialty coffees) for a small donation. There will be a food/snack table as well, no donation required.

The Shakespearience Group & Friends will be performing 2 full sets of show tunes, classical repertoire, and more with guest performances by:

Miranda MacDonald’s Show Choir
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and
Welsh Tenor Gwyndaff Jones

The Shakespearience Group & Friends Performers include:

Kelly Baker
Skyla Baker
Sara Black
Tristan Alexander Emmanuel
Jeff Fox
Miranda MacDonald
Marlene Matos-Jones
Lauren Shepherd

Hosted by our very own Kyle Villeneuve, Songs for Shakespearience should prove to be a wonderful afternoon for the entire family! Help Shakespearience make a big splash in Burlintgon this Summer!

RSVP to the event here!

Farewell February; Hello March!

February was a short but busy month for us at Shakespeare in Action, as it marked our 5th annual Sonnets by Kids for Valentine’s Day fundraiser!

Sonnet Kids – Dushane, Ivy, Nicholas, Saskia, and Thomas – all began their journeys in different places – our Summer Camp for Kids and the TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club sessions at Brookbanks, Highland Creek, Main Street, and St. Jamestown public libraries.

We spent time together unpacking sonnets 18, 29, 105, and 116 – discovering rhyme scheme, sorting out characters’ thoughts and feelings, and using the hundred-odd words that the kids recognized to decode the half dozen words that they had never seen before. On Valentine’s Day, they were ready to deliver sonnet-grams to unsuspecting recipients in Canada and the US!

Thank you: To all the parents and guardians for their time and encouragement; to CBC Metro Morning for showcasing this program and helping us reach a new audience; to Pizzaville (College and Roxton), Metro (College and Shaw), and our favourite bookstore, Doug Miller Books (now at 650 Bloor Street West!) for adding the gift of great food and reads to our festivities; and to everyone who purchased a sonnet for a loved one, in support of literacy and live theatre!

A warm thank-you to all the supporters of Sonnets by Kids for Valentine's Day!

A warm thank-you to everyone who supported Sonnets by Kids for Valentine’s Day!

Sonnet Buddy, Kyle and Sonnet Kid, Thomas, prepare for one of the first calls!

Sonnet Buddy, Kyle and Sonnet Kid, Thomas, prepare for one of the first calls!

Ivy delivers a sonnet, while Sonnet Buddy, Anna, looks on.

Ivy delivers a sonnet, while Sonnet Buddy, Anna, looks on.

Sonnet Buddy, Asha, lends a hand as Nicholas signs off on a sonnet.

Sonnet Buddy, Asha, lends a hand as Nicholas signs off on a sonnet.

It's time to give Shakespeare a makeover...or shall we say a Shakeover?!  Looks like the Bard is ready for "the winter of our discontent."

It’s time to give Shakespeare a makeover…or shall we say a Shakeover?! Looks like the Bard is ready for “the winter of our discontent.”

Sonnet Kid, Dushane, with Sonnet Buddy, Jenny!

Sonnet Kid, Dushane, with Sonnet Buddy, Jenny!

Sonnet Kid, Saskia, and Sonnet Buddy, Rebecca smile for the camera.

Sonnet Kid, Saskia, and Sonnet Buddy, Rebecca! And, wait, who’s that in the middle?

Our amazing Sonnet Kids! L-R: Saskia, Nicholas, Thomas, Ivy, and Dushane.

Our amazing Sonnet Kids! L-R: Saskia, Nicholas, Thomas, Ivy, and Dushane.

With the Sonnet Buddies! Back Row, L-R: Rebecca, Asha, Kyle, Anna, and Jenny!

With the Sonnet Buddies! Back Row, L-R: Rebecca, Asha, Kyle, Anna, and Jenny!

8-year-old Ivy's translation of Sonnet 116

8-year-old Ivy’s translation of Sonnet 116