Hamlet

Summer Camp – Days 7 & 8

Four days will quickly steep themselves in night;
Four nights will quickly dream away the time…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I.i –

 

Where has this week gone?!  The Kids’ Camp show happened earlier today – photos to follow!  In the meantime, here are two of our favourites from earlier in the week:

- Young Co. for Teens -  The ensemble explores 3 dimensions of performance and polarities in theme and intent

– Young Co. for Teens –
 Exploring 3 dimensions of performance and polarities of theme and intent

 

One of this summer’s most beautiful moments: Thursday – the morning after a long day of rehearsal and the day before the show – Aris (Director), Gabriella (Assistant Director), and Isabelle (Summer Student) crank Twist & Shout through the auditorium for the kids.  They all danced their hearts out on stage:

- Kids' Camp -  Twist & Shout!

– Kids’ Camp –
Twist & Shout!

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Summer Camp – Days 5 & 6

The past two days have been busy, as the teens approach the half-way point of their 4-week program and the kids kick it into high-gear for this Friday’s show.  Here’s a glimpse behind the summer camp scenes:

- Young Co. for Teens -  Designing costumes for Hamlet

– Young Co. for Teens –
Designing costumes for Hamlet    

- Young Co. for Teens -  Cast photo, costumes in progress

– Young Co. for Teens –
Cast photo, costumes in progress

- Young Co. for Teens -  The final scene unfolds in rehearsal

– Young Co. for Teens –
The final scene unfolds in rehearsal

- Kids' Camp -  Shakespeare says...stretch

– Kids’ Camp –
Shakespeare says…stretch

- Kids' Camp -  Shakespeare says...hands on hips

– Kids’ Camp –
Shakespeare says…hands on hips

- Kids' Camp -  Putting the final touches on set and props

– Kids’ Camp –
Putting the final touches on set and props

- Kids' Camp -  Sending their voices to the balcony - Bea volunteers to go first

– Kids’ Camp –
Sending their voices to the balcony – Bea volunteers to go first

Summer Camp – Day 4

Yesterday, the kids designed costumes and chose elements (earth, air, water, fire), colours, and lines (straight, curved, jagged etc.) to represent their characters’ traits.  Today, we were back in the design room, trying on hats, shirts, vests, dresses, scarves – you name it – till everyone had an outfit.

- Kids' Camp -  Ivy's costume design for Puck: element (air); colours (dark green, light green, brown); lines (flat = obedient, squiggly = mischievous, crooked = makes mistakes)

– Kids’ Camp –
Ivy’s costume design for Puck: element (air); colours (dark green, light green, brown); lines (flat = obedient, squiggly = mischievous, crooked = makes mistakes)

 

It was a day of collaboration and creativity for the teens.  They penned their own script and filmed it, developing both acting and camera skills.

- Young Co. for Teens -  ...And action.

– Young Co. for Teens –
…And action

Summer Camp – Day 3

Hamlet has been cast!  Guildenstern is dead (that is, he has been cut from the script) – and there is debate as to whether Rosencrantz (who will deliver Guildenstern’s lines) should be dubbed Rosenstern, Guildencrantz, or Rosencrantz Guildenstern.  The teens spent much of the day re-reading the script in role…but not without a little nonsense thrown into the mix.

 

- Young Co. for Teens -  I'm sorry, why exactly are you late?

– Young Co. for Teens –
Why are you late? The eager employees mime an excuse for the late party (far right), who has to figure it out. If the boss (second from right) catches her employees slacking, they have to provide excuses good enough to save themselves from being fired.

- Young Co. for Teens -  Typing

– Young Co. for Teens –
What, we were typing…really.

- Young Co. for Teens -  What was that about an elephant?

– Young Co. for Teens –
What was that about an elephant?

- Young Co. for Teens -  Can you figure out what they're trying to communicate?

– Young Co. for Teens –
Can you figure out what on earth they’re trying to communicate?

- Young Co. for Teens -  Sabio, your excuse makes no sense!

– Young Co. for Teens –
Sabio, you are so fired.

 

The kids warmed up in the morning with some animal imagination and movement exercises.  Rehearsals continued, and costume design begun!

- Kids' Camp -  Imagine yourself as an animal.

– Kids’ Camp –
Imagine yourself as an animal.

- Kids' Camp -  Move as your animal - it's a zoo in here!

– Kids’ Camp –
Move as your animal – it’s a zoo in here!

- Kids' Camp -  On to rehearsals

– Kids’ Camp –
F-B: Lysander, Helena, Hermia

- Kids' Camp -  Designing costumes!

– Kids’ Camp –
Designing costumes!

 

Summer Camp – Day 2

The teens were in auditions for most of the day so, in lieu of photographs of them, we give you one of this skull – found in one of Central Toronto Academy’s many wonderful art displays!

- Young Co. for Teens -  Alas, poor Yorick!

– Young Co. for Teens –
Alas, poor Yorick!

 

As for the kids, the parts have been announced!  The team spent the day re-reading the script in-role and blocking the first few scenes of the show.

- Kids' Camp -  Time for a read-through, in role!

– Kids’ Camp –
Time for a read-through, in role!

- Kids' Camp -  Cast photo, in character!

– Kids’ Camp –
Cast photo, in character!

 

 

 

Summer Camp – Day 1

The Bard has begun at Shakespeare in Action – with the first day of our Summer Camp for Kids and Young Company for Teens!

The kids hit the stage and after some name games, Zip-Zap-Zop, tongue twisters, and a slew of Elizabethan insults, the ensemble tackled their first read-through of the A Midsummer Night’s Dream script.  Director, Aris and Assistant Director, Gabriella, look forward to announcing everyone’s parts tomorrow!

- Kids' Camp -  Gabriella (Assistant Director) & Aris (Director)

– Kids’ Camp –
Gabriella (Assistant Director) & Aris (Director)

- Kids' Camp -  Enjoying a little lunch & sunshine!

– Kids’ Camp –
Enjoying a little lunch & sunshine!

The Young Company for Teens is in for a challenge this year, navigating one of the Bard’s best-known tragedies, Hamlet.  In the afternoon, the ensemble worked its way through the script. Director, Joe, and Assistant Director, Sabio, are gearing up for tomorrow’s auditions!

- Young Co. for Teens - Breaking the ice,

– Young Co. for Teens –
Breaking the Ice, “Big Booty” style

- Young Co. for Teens - Reading the Hamlet script for the first time

– Young Co. for Teens –
Reading the Hamlet script for the first time

Summer Camp – Meet Sabio, Assistant Director, Young Company for Teens!

Howdy!

Sabio

My name is Sabio Emerencia-Collins, and I am thrilled to be a part of the Shakespeare in Action team this summer!!! I am an aspiring multidisciplinary artist. I’m planning on going into my final year studying Theatre Performance at Humber College’s conservatory program. For the past 30 years, Humber’s faculty has been dedicated to graduating diverse groups of actors that challenge the status quo of Canadian theatre. I believe audiences come to the theatre for many reasons, sometimes for emotional catharsis, sometimes to engage in story and ritual, and sometimes to simply let themselves go limp and laugh. I hope that in the next coming weeks we can get wild and commune with the visceral humanity inherent in Shakespeare’s work and explore big ideas, as well as discover the secret as to why he’s still so relevant to today.

Sabio 2

My love for performing started early; my first experiences onstage were through the Shakespeare in Action Camp when I was 6 years old. I played the sea-wrecked lover “Ferdinand” in The Tempest way back before my voice dropped.

Sabio 3

Since then I’ve been a part of many productions. In 2007, I got the privilege to work on Frances-Anne Solomon’s feature film A Winter Tale, playing a young boy named “Andrew Robinson.”  My character was based on an unfortunate victim to gun violence in the Parkdale Area in Toronto In 2005. The film focused on the aftermath of how gun violence impacted members of the black community in Parkdale.

Later, in high school I started to develop new passions. I attended Rosedale Heights School of the Arts downtown; I got many incredible opportunities there. A huge highlight for me was when I got the chance to direct student-written shows at Rosedale.

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In my final year I got the opportunity to play “Male Actor” in Daniel McIvor’s This Is a Play, a show that takes place in between the third and fourth wall – where the story unfolding is revealed exclusively through the thoughts of the entitled actors onstage who want nothing to do with the show they are playing; the play within the play heavily involves lettuce contextually over the backdrop of a bizarre love story.

My high school credits include:

“Boy #1” in The Princess Bride (2009), “Taiko Drummer/Pirate” as well as sound design for Hamlet (2011), Director of “Socrates” (2011), “Justice Dowling” in “The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling” (2012), “Desmond” in Donny vs Desmond (2012), Director of “One Last Job” (2012), “King Ceyx/Morpheus” in Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses (2013), Assistant Director and “Tom” in Virtruly in Love (2013), Male Actor in This is A Play (2013).

I am a self-taught guitar and harmonica player, and recently this January I’ve started learning to play the keyboard and piano. I’m currently working on an Trip-Hop/Neo Soul/R&B album that should hopefully drop by the end of the summer.  I’m also an aspiring filmmaker some of my short films can be seen on my YouTube channel @FuriousGator.

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I am so excited to meet you all!