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What’s Ahead in 2014

Happy New Year, everyone! The SIA team is back into the swing of things after the Winter Break, and we’ve got some great projects lined up in the coming months! Here is a taste of what is happening in 2014.

TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club

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The TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club is our free readers’ theatre program for children ages 7-12, and is located at Toronto Public Library branches across the city! The Winter Session runs on Saturdays from February 1-March 8. Visit a participating branch to register!

The Shakespeare Challenge

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The Shakespeare Challenge is back for the third year! This year, our fearless champions will be performing an abridged version of Twelfth Night. On top of that, they will be raising money for Shakespeare in Action’s subsidized ticket program, providing access to theatre for students across Toronto. Tickets for the gala performance and silent auction on February 8 will be on sale soon, so make sure to check back for more information!

Sonnets by Kids for Valentine’s Day

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Looking for a creative way to tell someone you love them this Valentine’s Day? Why not let us do the work! Purchase a Sonnet for your sweetie for only $25, and one of our talented Shakespeare Kids will call your loved one to recite a Shakespeare Sonnet just for them! Make sure to purchase yours today!

Romeo and Juliet

L-R: Kaleb Alexander and Shaina Silver-Baird Photo: Joel Charlebois

Romeo and Juliet returns as part of the Double Tragedy this Spring, along with Macbeth. Already enjoyed by thousands of students across Toronto and the GTA, Romeo and Juliet will run from March 27-April 10. For more information on performance dates and times, or to book your seats, visit the Romeo and Juliet show page!

Macbeth

Double Tragedy: - Macbeth -  T-B: David Shelley and Kaleb Alexander Photo: Joel Charlebois

Macbeth is the second show on board as part of the Double Tragedy this Spring. Like Romeo and Juliet, this show has been enjoyed by thousands of students across Toronto and the GTA, and will run from March 28- April 11. For more information on performance dates and times, or to book your seats, visit the Macbeth show page!

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TD Bank Group and Shakespeare for Kids- Celebrating 8 years together!

Shakespeare
 in 
Action 
is 
pleased
 to 
announce 
renewed 
support 
from
 TD
 Bank 
Group 
for 
the
 TD
 Shakespeare 
for
 Kids 
Library 
Club. 
Since 
2005,
 The 
TD
 Shakespeare 
for
 Kids
 Library 
Club,
 a 
literacy 
program
 for 
children 
aged 
7‐12, 
has
 been 
delivered
 in
 public
 libraries
 across
 Toronto.

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We 
are 
thrilled
 to
 support
 the 
TD 
Shakespeare
 for
 Kids 
Library
 Club
 as 
it 
places 
an
 emphasis
 on 
classic 
literary 
works 
that 
encourage 
reading 
and 
inspire 
the 
joy 
of
 learning,” said
 Alan 
Convery,
 Senior
 Manager,
 Community
 Relations,
 TD
 Bank
 Group.
 “We 
look 
forward
 to
 seeing
 this
 program
 continuing
 to
 grow.”

Developed
 by
 Shakespeare
 in 
Action
 Artistic
 Director 
Michael 
Kelly, 
in 
partnership
 with 
the 
Toronto Public Library,
 this
 FREE
 program 
has
 served
 over
 6000 
GTA
 children.
 This 
season,
 Shakespeare
 in
 Action
 is
 proud
 to
 announce
 that 30 
Toronto Public L
libraries
 will
 participate 
in 
the
 program 
from
 November
 2013
 through
 May
 2014.

The
 TD
 Shakespeare
 for 
Kids
 Library
 Club
 runs
 for 
six
 consecutive
 Saturdays
 and
 empowers
 children
 to 
learn 
through 
the 
arts.
 Shakespeare 
in
 Action
 assembles
 a
 team 
of 
highly
 trained
 and
 experienced
 actor‐educators 
to 
aid 
children 
in
 understanding 
Shakespeare’s 
poetic 
language.

I 
used
 to be
 shy,
 but
 now 
I 
feel 
like
 I’ve 
done 
something 
difficult 
and 
I 
feel 
more 
able 
to
 try 
new
 things,“
 says
 Mark,
 age
 12,
 a
 2012
 Library
 Club
 participant.

The 
program
 makes
 Shakespeare
 easy
 and 
fun
 and
 is 
so 
popular
 that
 retention 
rates
 are 
over 
90% 
in 
all 
30 
branches. 
Participants 
of 
the 
program 
read 
aloud 
from
 Shakespeare’s 
most 
famous 
works 
including 
Romeo 
and
 Juliet,
 The
 Tempest, 
A
 Midsummer
 Night’s
 Dream,
 Twelfth
 Night
 and
 Macbeth.
 Through
 their
 participation,
 children
 gain 
confidence 
and 
a 
deeper 
understanding
 of
 Shakespeare’s 
work.

This 
is 
what 
we’re 
all 
about,” 
said
 Shakespeare 
in
 Action
 Artistic
 Director, Michael
 Kelly,
 “Our
 mission
 of
 enhancing 
cultural 
literacy
 by
 bringing
 Shakespeare 
alive
 flourishes
 each 
and 
every 
time 
we 
deliver 
this 
program. 
I 
take 
my
 hat 
off 
to 
TD
 for 
 believing
 in 
the 
power 
of 
language 
and 
for 
their 
commitment 
to 
literacy.”

Registration
 for 
the 
2013/14‐ season 
is 
now 
open. 
For 
more 
information 
and
 a 
full
 schedule of 
participating 
Toronto Public Library 
locations, 
visit our TD Shakespeare for Kids page!