Performance

Can Shakespeare be any more fun, you say? Just add some puppets!

By Olesya Komarnytska

 

Here are some eye-catching past productions, in a variety of media, which brought the Bard’s vision alive with the help of some talented craftsmanship.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company of Washington, DC recently mounted this gorgeous Ethan McSweeny production of The Tempest as part of its 2015/16 season. On the surreal set of white sand and wreckage that is Prospero’s island, the actors share the stage with colossal puppets designed by James Ortiz.

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The stop motion master Jiří Trnka’s last feature film was the 1959 Sen noci svatojánské (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). In this film, he created expressive stop motion characters within highly detailed landscapes and scenarios that were further brought to life through the classical compositions of Vaclav Trojan. The film was punctuated by some quite comedic moments that couldn’t have been achieved through anything other than stop motion.

Sen noci svatojánské was recently shown as part of TIFF’s Magic Motion: The Art of Stop Motion Animation retrospective.

 

 

 

And of course, this short review wouldn’t be complete without a tip of the hat to The Muppets. I feel the Swedish Chef exhibits a wonderful mastery of the iambic pentameter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shakespeare in Action is going on tour!

This spring, Shakespeare in Action is excited to hit the road and travel across Ontario, performing two exciting shows for students of all ages! To have one of these fantastic shows come to your school, please visit our website, call us at (416) 703-4881, or e-mail info@shakespeareinaction.org!

 

Suddenly Shakespeare– April 4-15, 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.

Dates: April 4-15, 2016
Duration: 60 minutes.
Price: $675 + HST (BOOK 2 SHOWS AND SAVE!)
Location: Your classroom, school theatre or gymnasium.
Maximum 250 students per session. Ideal for Grades 1-8!

For more information on Suddenly Shakespeare, visit our website!

 

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop– April 18- May 6, 2016

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

Dates: April 18- May 6, 2016
Duration: 75 minutes.
Price: $675 + HST (BOOK 2 SHOWS AND SAVE!)
Location: Your classroom, school theatre or gymnasium.
Maximum 250 students per session. Ideal for grades 6-12

For more information on Suddenly Shakespeare, visit our website!

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!

CONTEST- Win Tickets to a Toronto Screening of Romeo and Juliet!

Time for another contest! We are giving away 3 sets of passes to a Toronto screening of The Royal Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet on Saturday, October 31, 2015, courtesy of our friends at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema! Check below for details on how to enter!

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The Royal Ballet: ROMEO AND JULIET

Event details: Kenneth MacMillan’s poignant setting of Sergey Prokofiev’s classic score draws out the emotional and psychological intensity of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers.Romeo and Juliet contains three passionate pas de deux: the lovers’ first meeting, the famous balcony scene and the devastating final tragedy. Juliet is one of the most coveted of all ballerina roles, and as MacMillan’s ballet enters its 50th year it resonates as deeply with audiences today as when it was first seen half a century ago.

Performed live at the Royal Opera House. Includes two 10-minute intermissions.

SAT, OCT 313:00 PM

Tickets: http://ow.ly/Tv7Jq

HOW TO ENTER

To win, all you have to do is send an e-mail to jenny@shakespeareinaction.org, and include your name, contact information, and your favourite quote from the play!

Contest is open to all residents of Ontario, and will close at 11:59PM on Wednesday, October 28, 2015. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by phone or e-mail.

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.

Eventbrite - The Shakespeare Challenge 2016- Performer Registration

 

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

CONTEST- Win tickets to a Toronto screening of Antony and Cleopatra!

Great news, Shakespeare fans! Our friends from Bloor Hot Docs Cinema have given us 3 sets of passes to give away for their upcoming screening of the Shakespeare’s Globe production of Antony and Cleopatra! The screening will take place on Saturday, October 24 at 11:30AM in Toronto. See details on how to enter below!

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Shakespeare on Screen: ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA

 Event details: Virtue and vice, transcendent love and realpolitik combine in Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare’s greatest exploration of the conflicting claims of sex and power, all expressed in a tragic poetry of breathtaking beauty and magnificence. Cleopatra, the alluring and fascinatingly ambiguous Queen of Egypt, has bewitched the great Mark Antony, soldier, campaigner and now one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire. When Antony quarrels with his fellow leaders and throws in his lot with Cleopatra, his infatuation threatens to split the Empire in two.

Recorded live at Shakespeare’s Globe. Includes two 10-minute intermissions.

SAT, OCT 24 – 11:30 AM

Tickets: http://ow.ly/Tv7d1

HOW TO ENTER

To win, all you have to do is send an e-mail to jenny@shakespeareinaction.org, and include your name, contact information, and your favourite quote from the play!

Contest is open to all residents of Ontario, and will close at 11:59PM on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by phone or e-mail.

Bloor Hot Docs Presents: Shakespeare on Screen!

Our friends at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto are excited to bring Shakespeare to the big screen this month! Check out the details below, and get your tickets today!

 

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Shakespeare on Screen: ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA

Event details: Virtue and vice, transcendent love and realpolitik combine in Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare’s greatest exploration of the conflicting claims of sex and power, all expressed in a tragic poetry of breathtaking beauty and magnificence. Cleopatra, the alluring and fascinatingly ambiguous Queen of Egypt, has bewitched the great Mark Antony, soldier, campaigner and now one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire. When Antony quarrels with his fellow leaders and throws in his lot with Cleopatra, his infatuation threatens to split the Empire in two.

Recorded live at Shakespeare’s Globe. Includes two 10-minute intermissions.

SAT, OCT 2411:30 AM

Tickets: http://ow.ly/Tv7d1

 

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The Royal Ballet: ROMEO AND JULIET

Event details: Kenneth MacMillan’s poignant setting of Sergey Prokofiev’s classic score draws out the emotional and psychological intensity of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers.Romeo and Juliet contains three passionate pas de deux: the lovers’ first meeting, the famous balcony scene and the devastating final tragedy. Juliet is one of the most coveted of all ballerina roles, and as MacMillan’s ballet enters its 50th year it resonates as deeply with audiences today as when it was first seen half a century ago.

Performed live at the Royal Opera House. Includes two 10-minute intermissions.

SAT, OCT 313:00 PM

Tickets: http://ow.ly/Tv7Jq

Great News! Extended Early Bard Savings for the 2015/16 Season!

As an extra special Halloween treat, Shakespeare in Action will be extending the Early Bard discount on bookings of our upcoming tours Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop and Suddenly Shakespeare!

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop- November 23- December 4, 2015 and April 18- May 6, 2016

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop is a vibrant, interactive presentation that demonstrates how modern hip-hop shares many similarities with the themeslanguage 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.

Suddenly Shakespeare- April 4-15, 2016

This Spring, Shakespeare in Action brings Kim Selody’s sparking production of Suddenly Shakespeare to your school.

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.

Shakespeare in Action’s Artistic Director, Michael Kelly, describes the show as “a feast of magic, laughter, music and spectacle.” He says, “Suddenly Shakespeare will knock your kids’ socks off! Shakespeare’s stories are so magical, and the show allows kids, no matter what their age, to really participate with the material in a fun and engaging way.”

*Book either of these shows before October 31, 2015, and SAVE $50!

For more information, or to book, please call (416) 703-4881, or e-mail info@shakespeareinaction.org!

thelivingproject Presents: The Living

Our friends at thelivingproject are working on a great new show for the SummerWorks Festival. Check out some info about the show!FB-ad-1

Governor-General Award winner Colleen Wagner (The Monument) brings audiences a stirring new play about women on the frontlines of violence, of forgiveness and of redemption.  Directed byInes Buchli, designed by Shawn Kerwin (set and costumes), Elizabeth Asselstine (lighting) and James McKernan (sound), and featuring a cast of Toronto indie theatre stalwarts, this Summerworks show promises to be a moving and unforgettable experience.

The Living, a documentary play, inspired by the actual stories of women and girls who survived trauma in post-conflict zones, examines the lives of victims and perpetrators, post-genocide, who live side-by-side in government-issued housing, and NGO-funded campaigns to encourage reconciliation in hopes that the impossible act of forgiveness can end the cycle of revenge.

Jacqui and Henry have known each other since primary school. Henry rescued Jacqui during the genocide but was part of the mob that killed her father and brother. Their relationship challenges the vengeful hearts of the community. Henry and Jacqui struggle to move on by reimagining idyllic memories of their childhood despite the war’s aftermath: AIDS, perpetrators returning from prison facing their own guilty consciences, husbands and wives who barely recognize each other, ghosts of the dead, revenge festering in hearts and minds, imposed notions of reconciliation, and a crisis of faith. And in the middle: impossible love, and a radical approach to reconciliation – transformational justice.

Written by Colleen Wagner
Directed by Ines Buchli
Featuring Miriam Fernandes, Richard Lee, Francoise Balthazar, Kaleb Alexander,
Beryl Bain, Stephanie Jung, Wayne Ward, Gabrielle Graham, Anita La Selva, and Cindy Block

Set and Costumes by Shawn Kerwin, Lighting by Elizabeth Asselstine, Sound by James McKernan, Movement by Erika Batdorf.
Assistant Directed by Lucy Powis
Stage Managed by Cole Vincent

Produced by sueedworthy.ca


The Theatre Centre BMO Incubator

1115 Queen St. West Toronto, ON

Friday August 7th                     7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Saturday August 8th                2:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Sunday August 9th                  2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Monday August 10th                10:00 PM – 11:30 PM

Wednesday August 12th          9:45 PM – 11:15 PM

Thursday August 13th              7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Saturday August 15th             2:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Sunday August 16th                5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Tickets:
Single Performance: $15, 3-Show Pass: $40, 7-Show Pass: $85, 10-Show Pass: $120Taster Pack: $55

Tickets available at the door 1 hour before show time or Advance tickets are available up until 3 hours before show time and can be purchased as follows:

  • In person at the SummerWorks Central Box Office – located at Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst St). Open August 4-16 from 10am-7pm
  • By phone at 888-328-8384, Monday – Friday 8:30am-5pm
  • Available online through Ticketwise

Call for submissions from Canadian directors for 2016- The Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction

Our friends at the Stratford Festival are offering a unique opportunity to emerging theatre directors across Canada!

This call is for theatre directors, from emerging to mid-stage in their career. Their primary task will be assistant directing one of the plays in the Festival’s 2016 season. The Festival’s 2016 season begins in February with the final openings in August. Assistant directors are usually required for 8-16 weeks within that timeframe. Our 2016 playbill is available here.

Participants will join existing classes in text, voice, movement and other disciplines regularly held by the Festival’s Theatre Training Department as well as specialized classes exploring the text, vocal and physical skills for use in the rehearsal process of a classical play. Selected participants will be given the opportunity to choose a piece of classical text for the Directors’ Workshop Presentation slated for the fall of 2016.

Details on the workshop, and how to apply can be found here! But hurry- the deadline to apply is August 10, 2015!