teens

Doug Miller Books – What do you read, my lord?

In the summer of 2014, we posted an interview with Doug Miller, our beloved local bookmonger.  Since then, he has moved across the street, to 650 Bloor Street West and opened the door to a larger store, which offers a great selection of discounted adult fiction and non-fiction; children’s picture books and novels; as well as many comics.  It’s one of BuzzFeed’s 35 Charming Canadian Bookstores You Need To Visit, and the now not-so-hidden gem of Korea town.

 

Doug Miller and his LEGO desk, which currently boasts 28,482 blocks!

Doug Miller and his LEGO desk, which currently boasts 28,482 blocks!

 

“Business is better than ever,” says Doug.  “Some people did not see us across the street.  I lost count over 400 people welcoming us to the neighbourhood…They were shocked that they didn’t see us.  Now they see us.”  Doug has some theories as to why his store is being noticed more on the north side of the street – it’s sunnier, there’s more retail, and all the subway entrances/exits are on the same side.

 

New $1-$3 section, 8 bookcases long

New $1-$3 section, 8 bookcases long

 

Whatever the reason, the store is bigger and has better lighting, which Doug points out.  “Soon you’ll be able to get wheelchairs down every aisle.  People can bring their carriages in.  It’ll be a lot easier to maneuver around; it will be more comfortable to shop here.”

 

A Shakespeare find in the amongst the advanced picture books!

A Shakespeare find in the amongst the advanced picture books!

Marvel at the Marvel comics!

Marvel at the Marvel comics!

A great store for children's books

A great store for children’s books

 

Doug has seen all kinds of kids in his store.  He recently had a run on Judy Blume books, because she was in Toronto (at the Toronto Reference Library’s Bram & Bluma Appel Salon) and there was a lot of press.  From classics to dystopian worlds, Robert Munsch to Lois Lowry to Louis Sachar, Doug enjoys making recommendations for his young patrons: “What kind of books have you read in the past?” he asks.  And when he finds the perfect book, all he has to say is: “Your parents won’t like this, but you will.” And that usually seals the deal.

 

Bumpkin, the resident rabbit

Bumpkin, the resident rabbit

 

“I’ve had Bumpkin for 13 years,” says Doug.  “I know his habits.  He’s very calm; he’s very relaxed.  There are sometimes when that changes. One night I forgot to put the music on for him, and I came here in the morning – his water bowl was flipped over; he took his food dish and he had obviously whipped it.  There was kibble everywhere.  He didn’t destroy any of the books, but you could tell he was angry ’cause he likes the sound of the music at night and he missed it.”  In case you’re wondering, Bumpkin has a fondness for jazz and CBC Radio.

 

One of the new shelf labels

One of the new shelf labels

 

By this August, Doug Miller will have been working in the book trade for 30 years.  “Books,” he says, “are more popular than ever.  The demand for certain books is always increasing.  Classics are steadily moving out from the store.  People are re-discovering the book in its oldest form – a sold, hand-held, page-turning piece of art.”

Summer Camp – Day 19 – “Hamlet” (Teen Camp Show!)

The play in pictures – a mix of photos from the morning’s dress rehearsal and the final show:

- Young Co. for Teens -  L-R: 3 Lords, Laertes, Ophelia, King Claudius, Queen Gertrude, Hamlet.  King Claudius:

– Young Co. for Teens –
L-R: 3 Lords, Laertes, Ophelia, King Claudius, Queen Gertrude, Hamlet. King Claudius: “Though yet of Hamlet, our dear brother’s death, the memory be green…”

Horatio tells his good friend, Hamlet, about a Ghost: "A figure like your father, armed at point exactly, appears..."

Horatio tells his good friend, Hamlet, about a Ghost: “A figure like your father, armed at point exactly, appears…”

L-R: Polonius, Laertes, Ophelia.  Polonius blesses his son before his son leaves for France.

L-R: Polonius, Laertes, Ophelia. Polonius blesses his son before his son leaves for France.

L-R: Polonius and his daughter, Ophelia.  Ophelia: [Hamlet] hath, my lord, of late made many tenders of his affection to me.

L-R: Polonius and his daughter, Ophelia. Ophelia: [Hamlet] hath, my lord, of late made many tenders of his affection to me.”

L-R: Marcellus, Hamlet, Horatio see the Ghost and jump back. Hamlet:

L-R: Marcellus, Hamlet, Horatio see the Ghost and jump back. Hamlet: “Angels and ministers of grace defend us!”

L-R: Ghost of Hamlet Senior, Horatio, Hamlet, Marcellus - a photo taken from the balcony earlier in the week.

L-R: Ghost of Hamlet Senior, Horatio, Hamlet, Marcellus – a photo taken from the balcony earlier in the week.

The Ghost of Hamlet Senior speaks to Hamlet: "I am thy father's spirit...If thou didst ever thy dear father love, revenge his foul and most unnatural murder."  Hamlet feigns madness to seek out the truth.

The Ghost of Hamlet Senior speaks to Hamlet: “I am thy father’s spirit…If thou didst ever thy dear father love, revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.” Hamlet feigns madness to seek out the truth.

L-R: Polonius and Ophelia, who describes her frightful encounter with Hamlet.

L-R: Polonius and Ophelia, who describes her frightful encounter with Hamlet.

L-R: Guildenstern, Rosencrantz, King Claudius, Queen Gertrude.  The King and Queen ask the two to find the cause of Hamlet's madness.

L-R: Guildenstern, Rosencrantz, King Claudius, Queen Gertrude. The King and Queen ask the two to find the cause of Hamlet’s madness.

L-R: Queen Gertrude, Polonius, King Claudius.  Polonius reads Hamlet's love letter, , believing love to be the cause of Hamlet's madness.

L-R: Queen Gertrude, Polonius, King Claudius. Polonius reads Hamlet’s love letter, believing love to be the cause of Hamlet’s madness.

Hamlet "reads." Note the orientation of the book.

Hamlet “reads.” Note the orientation of the book.

L-R: Hamlet, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern.  Hamlet knows his friends are reporting to the King:

L-R: Hamlet, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern. Hamlet knows his friends are reporting to the King: “I am but mad north-north-west…I know a hawk from a hand-saw.”

The Players arrive.  Hamlet will have them act "The Murder of Gonzago," a story that mirrors the murder of Hamlet Senior.  He wants to see King Claudius' reaction - to "catch his conscience."

The Players arrive. Hamlet will have them act “The Murder of Gonzago,” a story that mirrors the murder of Hamlet Senior. He wants to see King Claudius’ reaction – to “catch his conscience.”

Hamlet:

Hamlet: “To be, or not to be, that is the question…”

Ophelia is shaken; Hamlet suspects that her father, Polonius, is spying:

Ophelia is shaken; Hamlet suspects that her father, Polonius, is spying: “Let the doors be shut upon him…”

L-R: Players, Hamlet, Horatio. Hamlet:

L-R: Players, Hamlet, Horatio. Hamlet: “There is a play to-night before the king…Observe mine uncle…”

L-R: Guildenstern and Rosencrantz watch "The Murder of Gonzago" - Hamlet's "mouse-trap."  The play within the play was filmed and shown on screen.

L-R: Guildenstern and Rosencrantz watch “The Murder of Gonzago” – Hamlet’s “mouse-trap.” The play within the play was filmed and shown on screen.

L-R: Players, Hamlet, Guildenstern, Rosencrantz. Hamlet: "Do you think I am easier to be play'd on than a pipe?"

L-R: Players, Hamlet, Guildenstern, Rosencrantz. Hamlet: “Do you think I am easier to be play’d on than a pipe?”

L-R: King Claudius and Hamlet.  Hamlet:

L-R: King Claudius and Hamlet. Hamlet: “Now might I do it pat, now he is praying…”

Queen Gertrude tells King Claudius that Hamlet has killed Polonius (his death scene was on film).

Queen Gertrude tells King Claudius that Hamlet has killed Polonius (his death scene was on film).

Ophelia unravels after her father's death, descends into madness and sings: "He is dead and gone, lady..."

Ophelia unravels after her father’s death, descends into madness and sings: “He is dead and gone, lady…”

L-R: Laertes, Queen Gertrude, King Claudius.  Laertes:

L-R: Laertes, Queen Gertrude, King Claudius. Laertes: “Where is my father?…How came he dead?”

Ophelia:

Ophelia: “And in his grave rain’d many a tear…”

Laertes:

Laertes: “Dear maid, kind sister, sweet Ophelia!”

King Claudius and Laertes plot revenge against Halmet. The King will set up a duel, through which Laertes can kill Hamlet. King Claudius: "Revenge should have no bounds."

King Claudius and Laertes plot revenge against Halmet. The King will set up a duel, through which Laertes can kill Hamlet. King Claudius: “Revenge should have no bounds.”

Ophelia has drowned.  Laertes:

Ophelia has drowned. Laertes: “I have a speech of fire, but this folly douts it.”

L-R: Clown and Hamlet.  Hamlet:

L-R: Clown and Hamlet. Hamlet: “Whose grave’s this, sirrah?”

Hamlet:

Hamlet: “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio…”

Laertes and Hamlet grapple in Ophelia's grave, as other rush to intervene.

Laertes and Hamlet grapple in Ophelia’s grave, as other rush to intervene.

L-R: Attendants, Laertes, King Claudius, Queen Gertrude, Hamlet, Attendant, Horatio.  Hamlet:

L-R: Attendants, Laertes, King Claudius, Queen Gertrude, Hamlet, Attendant, Horatio. Hamlet: “I loved Ophelia: forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, make up my sum.”

L-R: Hamlet and Osric, who presents the wager.

L-R: Hamlet and Osric, who presents the wager.

L-R: Laertes, King Claudius, Hamlet.

L-R: Laertes, King Claudius, Hamlet.

L-R: Laertes and Osric. Laertes chooses a

L-R: Laertes and Osric. Laertes chooses a “sword unbated” anointed “with contagion.”

Osric presents the foils to Hamlet, as King Claudius stands by.

Osric presents the foils to Hamlet, as King Claudius stands by.

King Claudius announces the wager.

King Claudius announces the wager.

L-R: Queen Gertrude, Osric, Hamlet, Lord, Horatio.  Queen Gertrude offers Hamlet a drink which, unbeknownst to her, is poisoned.  Hamlet refuses...and Gertrude drinks it.

L-R: Queen Gertrude, Osric, Hamlet, Lord, Horatio. Queen Gertrude offers Hamlet a drink which, unbeknownst to her, is poisoned. Hamlet refuses…and Gertrude drinks it.

Osric:

Osric: “Nothing, neither way.”

Centre: Osric tends to the wounded Laertes. Right: Queen Gertrude collapses in Hamlet's arms.  Hamlet, too, is near death.  Queen Gertrude: "The drink, the drink! I am poison'd."

Centre: Osric tends to the wounded Laertes. Right: Queen Gertrude collapses in Hamlet’s arms. Hamlet, too, is near death. Queen Gertrude: “The drink, the drink! I am poison’d.”

Hamlet poisons King Claudius:

Hamlet poisons King Claudius: “Thou incestuous, murderous, damned Dane, drink off this potion…”

Hamlet dies in Horatio's arms.

Hamlet dies in Horatio’s arms.

Horatio (far right):

Horatio (far right): “Now cracks a noble heart. Good night sweet prince: And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!”

The cast and directing team!

The cast and directing team!

Oh dear...

Oh dear…

Joe, Director

Joe, Director & Filmmaker

Sabio, Assistant Director

Sabio, Assistant Director

Gabriella, Assistant Director, Kids' Camp

Gabriella, Assistant Director, Kids’ Camp

Isabelle, Summer Student

Isabelle, Summer Student

Summer Camp – Day 18

The duel between Hamlet and Laertes was going to be on film, but it was later shifted to the stage, so that everyone could be together in front of the audience at the end of the show.

Much of the morning was spent tweaking and rehearsing the duel, as well as the deaths of Queen Gertrude, King Claudius, Laertes, and Hamlet.

 

- Young Co. for Teens -  Joe watches as the ensemble rehearses the graveyard scene.

– Young Co. for Teens –
Joe watches as the ensemble rehearses the penultimate scene of the play – the graveyard grapple.

Claudius joins Laertes' & Hamlet's hands.

Claudius joins Laertes’ & Hamlet’s hands.

Osric presents the foils to Laertes.

Osric presents the foils to Laertes.

Laertes and Hamlet prepare to duel.

Laertes and Hamlet prepare to duel.

Alas! Poor Yorick…. I made him myself, Horatio…

Hello, my name is Isabelle, and in case you’re wondering who I am……..I am a summer co-op student contributing my creativity, artistic skill, and passion to this year’s summer camp.

That’s right, folks! Just like the foils, Hamlet’s crown, and Old Hamlet’s armor, Yorick was handmade by a crafty, creative, and artistic member of the Hamlet summer camp production team. Of course Yorick couldn’t have been made without the inspiration from the outstanding actors of the show, and the supportive SIA staff. Just in case anybody here is curious, here is the process on how Yorick was made.

First off, like all handmade projects from scratch, Yorick started off as nothing but a roll of wire. The wire is to be bent, shaped, and put together into a frame to give the skull its shape. It was a painful process for the hands, as it is required to precisely bend the hard, thick, and pointy wire into the desired shape. Furthermore, the wire is also slippery and hard to tie in place. However, with the help of masking tape and some strands of thin wire, the wire is easily held together to keep its shape. This is an important process, as the wire frame needs to be as accurate as possible for canvas cloth to lay over it smoothly. The details such as the skull’s eyes and nose holes also need to be clearly marked out, so it would show up clearly when the cloth gets draped over it.

 

Isabelle & Yorick, phase 1 - wire

Isabelle & Yorick, phase 1 – wire

 

Next off, as most of you may have already guessed….it’s time to give Yorick some “flesh” (well….the wire acts as his bones…). A sheet of artists’ canvas is to be draped over the frame to make it look like a skull. Although this may sound easy….it really isn’t…. Since the artists’ canvas is hard and stiff, it is hard to get it to lie smoothly over the frame, therefore it must be accurately cut into the shapes of each gap to follow the shape of the frame. Afterwards, the pieces cut out are then to be hot glued onto the frame to cover up all the holes (except for the eyes and nose, of course!)

 

Isabelle & Yorick, phase 2 - canvas

Isabelle & Yorick, phase 2 – canvas

 

Now that Yorick has the shape and appearance of a realistic skull….he is ready to star in the famous graveyard scene. No wait! A skull that has been buried in the dirt for several years, obviously doesn’t look that clean and perfect. It’s a little too perfect…..so it’s time to destroy it a bit……….well…not actually destroying the hard work put in to it, but to define it. So some acrylic paint is used to paint on the skull to give it a dirty and aged look like it has truly been living in the dirt for many years. Last but not least, Yorick needs teeth, so we took beads from a necklace that looks like teeth, painted them, and glued them to his mouth. A fun fact about this is that we have debated on whether Yorick should have teeth or not, because hygiene was poor during Shakespeare times. Laboni jokingly suggested that Yorick must have had dentures, but Michael said that there were no dentures during that time. Then I suggested that Yorick must have starved to death after he lost all his teeth. So, I went with a little bit of both ideas. I decided to give Yorick some teeth, but with a few missing to show his aging.

 

Isabelle & Yorick, phase 3 - paint...and teeth!

Isabelle & Yorick, phase 3 – paint…and teeth!

 

And…..finally……Yorick is done and ready to star in the famous graveyard scene along with the talented actors of the teen camp.

Summer Camp – Days 15 to 17

Hamlet is one day away!

This has been a busy week for filming – Horatio, Bernardo, and Marcellus’ first encounter with the ghost of Hamlet Senior; as well as Queen Gertrude in her closet.

When filming, the same segment must be filmed over and over again from different angles.  A huge thank-you to the actors for their patience, stamina, and consistent effort!

 

- Young Co. for Teens -  On set for a day of filming: Queen Gertrude hears Hamlet...

– Young Co. for Teens –
On set for a day of filming: Queen Gertrude hears Hamlet…

In a long, dark hallway in the basement...filming the first encounter with the Ghost.  Marcellus: "Look, where it comes again!"

In a long, dark hallway in the basement…filming the first encounter with the Ghost. Marcellus: “Look, where it comes again!”

IMG_3299 Shakespeare in Action - Summer Camp - 2015 - Teens - Hamlet - Question it, Horatio

Horatio: “What art thou that usurp’st this time of night?”

Horatio, Bernardo, and Marcellus flee in fear, as Isabelle (left) and Gabriella (centre) capture the sound for the scene.

Horatio, Bernardo, and Marcellus flee in fear, as Isabelle (left) and Gabriella (centre) capture the sound for the scene.

Hamlet takes to the stage, the second of three in our show.

Hamlet takes to the stage, the second of three in our show.

Ophelia

Ophelia

Summer Camp – Days 10 to 14

The Young Company for Teens has had a busy week, rehearsing both on-stage and on-screen scenes.  Props, costumes, and a little bit of fake blood have been thrown into the mix – all the elements are coming together!

 

- Young Co. for Teens -  In rehearsal, Laertes and Hamlet grapple in the graveyard.

– Young Co. for Teens –
In rehearsal, Laertes and Hamlet grapple in the graveyard.

The foils! How we love gold duct tape!

The foils! How we love gold duct tape!

Assistant Director, Sabio, leads the ensemble in an early-morning warm-up

Assistant Director, Sabio, leads the ensemble in an early-morning warm-up

On break with Ophelia's body double

On break with Ophelia’s body double

Making fake blood - with corn syrup, chocolate syrup, red and green food colouring

Making fake blood – with corn syrup, chocolate syrup, red and green food colouring

Voice work

Voice work

Queen Gertrude and King Claudius listen, as Polonius reads Hamlet's love letter

Queen Gertrude and King Claudius listen, as Polonius reads Hamlet’s love letter

Director, Joe Bucci, blocks the play within the play, one of several screen scenes

Director, Joe Bucci, blocks the play within the play, one of several screen scenes

The players

The players

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