Shakespeare Alive: Let the Tour Begin!

The beginning of our Ontario-wide interactive performance tour, Shakespeare Alive, is fast approaching! Starting Nov. 22nd, Romeo (Kaleb Alexander) and Juliet (Bahareh Yaraghi) – from our recent mainstage production of Romeo and Juliet – will be travelling to schools across southern Ontario.

Romeo (Kaleb Alexander) and Juliet (Bahareh Yaraghi) are taking the show on the road this week!

The program is designed to give students a thumbnail sketch of Shakespeare’s life, historical perspective on his work and tools to break through the Elizabethan language barrier. Best of all, the program can be tailored to specific plays, so every school will have an individual experience! Here’s where we’re headed:

On November 22nd we’re in Mississauga performing key scenes from Romeo and Juliet. Then on the 23rd, we end up in Windsor for a discussion of Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night and Hamlet. Busy day!

On the 24th we stay here in Toronto for a workshop on A Midsummer Night’s Dream (one of our favourites and set to reappear on the mainstage this May). The very next day we head up to King City with a program of key scenes from Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth.

On the 26th we can be found in both Oshawa and Dunnville! In Oshawa our program focuses on Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar. In the afternoon Dunnville students will learn more about Romeo and Juliet and The Merchant of Venice.

And finally, on Nov. 29th we’re in Markham to perform some key scenes from Romeo and Juliet, followed the very next day by A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Scarborough.

Students at each school will participate in the 75-minute workshop for $5 each, and will also receive free resources and have a lot of fun with interactive learning. Let the tour begin!

By: Kathleen


Romeo and Juliet- Fall 2010 Preview

Here are some photos from our Fall 2010 mainstage production of Romeo and Juliet!

In this busy first scene of the play, the Capulets and Montagues fight in the town square.

Juliet (Bahareh Yaraghi) and Romeo (Kaleb Alexander) on the famous balcony.

Lady Capulet (Catherine McNally) and Juliet (Bahareh Yaraghi) have a mother-daughter moment.

A Capulet fighter (Norah Smith, far left) and Benvolio (Marcel Stewart, far right) look on as Tybalt (Brendan McMurtry-Howlett, left) and Mercutio (Ryan Field, right) taunt each other.

In this final scene from the play, the Nurse (Nicole Robert, far left) looks on as Capulet (Clyde Whitham), Lady Capulet (Catherine McNally) and Montague (Richard Stewart) mourn the deaths of their children Romeo (Kaleb Alexander) and Juliet (Bahareh Yaraghi). On the other side of the stage, the Friar (Peter Smith), the watchman (Marcel Stewart) and the Prince (Andy Trithardt) stand over Paris’ (Joe Bucci) dead body.

The lovely and talented cast all together with our director and fearless leader Michael Kelly!

For more of these great photos, please visit our Facebook profile, and visit our YouTube channel to see video from the performance! Photo credit goes to Joel Charlebois.


By: Kathleen

Don’t miss our early Bird Discounts for the 2010-2011 Mainstage Season!

Dear Teachers, Friends and Supporters,

We are pleased to announce our 2010-2011 season, jam-packed with fun, professional and affordable performances for students of all ages.

Shakespeare in Action has been committed to providing youth with the highest quality performances and educational programs for over 22 years, and we hope you will join us in the next school year!

For more information on our season, please visit our website (updated soon!) or call 416 703 4881.

What makes Shakespeare in Action different:

  • All mainstage performances are only $12 per student (when you book before our early bird discount dates)
  • We don’t charge HST or booking fees
  • We hire Union (Equity) actors, making our performances professional and unforgettable theatre experiences!
  • 22 years experience makes us the most trusted classical theatre company for young audiences company in Toronto.
  • Free talkbacks after all mainstage performances
  • Free teacher tickets, resource packs, created by teachers for teachers!
  • Expert and exceptional customer service, committed to giving your students the best theatre experience possible.

We hope you have a wonderful and relaxing Summer. To make sure you don’t miss out on our early-bird discounts, please contact our office at 416 703 4881 and register your interest to book today!

All the best, Mat Howard General Manager.

2010-11 Season Sneak Peek

We’re ready to pass “Go” on our exciting 2010-11 season, and you can be the first in the know. Stay tuned for our Season announcement – coming next Monday31 May at9am!

In the meantime, join our Twitter feed to guess our 3 mainstage shows… (pssst…the production icons below are helpful hints!)

Clue…. mmm….

Shakespeare’s Shorts Tour begins. So does winter.

Welcome winter, glad you showed up just in time for us to hit the road causing complications on the 401 and making it very tricky to get to Uxbridge.

With all the excitement around here lately, we almost forgot to tell you: we’re on tour right now!  As you are reading this, three fabulous actors of ours are touring schools in the GTA.  We’ve tweaked our scripts a bit since the fall and acquired some fantastic new face and so far it sounds like the results have been stellar.

Lisa Li, Joe Bucci, and Adam Seybold kick things off with our very own Central Commerce Collegiate crowd.

Shakespeare’s Shorts is out and about in the Junior and Senior Schools; it’s never too early to learn Shakespeare.  The idea behind this particular show is to introduce students to Shakespeare’s stories.  Because while we sometimes get lost in the language, the stories can be understood and identified by kids (and adults) of all ages.  In fact, the harder you look, the more likely you are to realize there is a Shakespeare story in everything, even those Saturday morning cartoons.

Nothing like a little sword fight to get the crowd going!

For our friends in the Secondary Schools, the same three versatile actors are performing Shakespeare Alive! As most of them have probably encountered Shakespeare in their studies, or will shortly do so, the aim in this show is to help them see how Shakespeare’s language translates to the English we use every day.  We get that the whole can be overwhelming, but if you can look at the pieces, you begin to be able to break it down.  And that is, after all, our goal.  By the end, we hope students will realize that the situations that come up in Shakespeare’s plays are not so far removed from their own lives!

“Lay on, Macduff!”

But more than anything, we hope students of all ages will leave both shows feeling like Shakespeare just might be a whole lot of fun!