Weston’s resident theatre company, Shakespeare in Action will begin performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream next week for a two-week run in Little Avenue Park. The show will preview on Tuesday July 16 and Wednesday July 17. During these two nights, the company will rehearse, fine-tune and block the show using the unique features of the park.
For many in Weston, this will be the first chance to see SIA perform. Seven actors will play the various roles – this is a comedy and one of Shakespeare’s more accessible plays so it should be entertaining for all ages. Expect some interactivity and not all of the performance will be on stage.
Admission is free and seating is on the park’s grassy area, or bring a lawn chair. A limited number of rental chairs will be available each night. Some people are planning to picnic beforehand or purchase take out food from one of our many local restaurants. Just remember to put all litter in the trash cans.
SIA’s Community Outreach Coordinator Catriona Leger says that performances will be cancelled if it looks like bad weather will persist through the evening. A decision will be made by 6:00 pm each night and broadcast on social media.
The company requests that people refrain from taking photos or videos during performances for copyright reasons.
The play will last for 75 minutes and Catriona suggests that it will be great for audiences of all ages as well as a pre-bedtime treat for young children.
Performance Schedule: Starting time is 7:00 pm for all performances.
Tuesday July 16, Preview
Wednesday July 17, Preview
Thursday July 18, Official Opening and Performance
Shakespeare in Action is looking for some volunteers to help put on A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Little Avenue Park this summer.
Shakespeare in Action is looking to assemble a team of Front of House Volunteers and Community Ambassadors for our upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Little Avenue Memorial Park in Weston. Shows run Tuesdays through Sundays from July 16-28th.
Volunteers are valued members of the Shakespeare in Action team and we are always happy to include anyone who wishes to contribute to making theatre in northwest Toronto fun, relevant and accessible! Whether you want to become more involved in the community, get to know the budding arts scene in general, collect co-op hours for your school, or just enjoy interacting with fellow theatre lovers, we would love to engage with you. We promise a fun environment, an enjoyable show, and a volunteer experience like no other.
I am happy to say that I was lucky enough to attend the Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop presentation, on Saturday at the new Artscape space at 36 John Street.
The space itself is very clean and new. The theatre seats 150 people, and there was a wooden riser for a stage. The background was a screen with a scene to set the stage. The musical accompaniment seemed to happen by magic.
The presentation itself was very entertaining for adults as well as kids. The audience got involved by shouting out answers, being on the stage, and laughing.
It was informative, relevant, and provided a way to analyse Shakespeare by looking at key words at each stanza.
I really loved it and would love to see it again. They do it in schools during school year .
I heard someone say about Artscape “This is great addition for Weston.”
Shakespeare in Action will be putting on Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop “a vibrant, interactive presentation that demonstrates how modern hip-hop shares many similarities with Shakespeare” this weekend.
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 Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet.
In other Shakespeare news, SIA is looking for staff for their camp inHigh Park in and their production of Shakespeare in the Shell—which will be coming to Little Avenue Memorial Park in Weston. You’ll notice that I’ve buried the lede here—there’s going to be a professional production of Shakespeare in the bandshell in Little Avenue Park! Nice!
Frances Nunziata will be hosting a community safety meeting on May 22 with Chief Saunders.
On Tuesday May 14, the Weston Village Residents’ Association held its annual general meeting inside the new Weston Hub. The Hub interior still needs some final touches but is essentially complete. Landscaping is a work in progress but it’s coming along nicely and will be ready for next year. The official opening is on May 25th and 26th.
WVRA Chair Dave Bennett opened by talking about some of the ‘heat’ encountered when the Hub was proposed. This was later echoed by Councillor Nunziata.
The new space easily accommodated the 50+ people in attendance. LoriAnn Givran from Artscape, talked about the new facilities, Marlene Mackintosh from UrbanArts and Michael Kelly from Shakespeare in Action introduced themselves and the programs that they offer.
The highlight of the evening was to be a presentation from former Toronto Chief Planner Paul Bedford but because of illness, Mr. Bedford was absent but ably represented by colleague and Urban Lands Institute Executive Director Richard Joy. The presentation dealt with the ULI Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) Report tabled last August.
Richard dealt with the five big ideas from the report, namely,
Promote and plan Weston as a riverfront community
Market Weston as an affordable commercial and residential location for airport workers
Bring a brewery to Weston
Build partnerships with Universities and Colleges
Establish a co-op grocery store.
Later, Councillor Frances Nunziata spoke and talked about local issues including the upcoming paving of Weston Road and widening of sidewalks in the stretch between Lawrence and Little Avenue.
During the break, some mouth-watering goodies were available (well done Suri) and attendees enjoyed a tour of the new facilities.