Shakespeare in Action looking for aspiring dramatists

Shakespeare in Action is offering fall programming for for young people interested in writing and producing theatre. Kids from 4 to 14 can participate in three programs on Saturdays, starting October 19.

Thespian

Young Storytellers – Ages 4-6

Saturdays 9-9:45

Through drama, language arts, movement and music this course is designed to introduce our youngsters to unique ways to express themselves creatively, explore character creation and storytelling.  The course ends in a short presentation for family and friends. Sign Up Here

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Drama Makers – Ages 7-10

Saturdays 10am-11:15am

Through fun-filled play, storytelling, movement, music, and games, this class will give children a vibrant introduction to drama. By creating characters and stories, the course ends in a short presentation for family and friends. Sign Up Here

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Creating Theatre – Ages 11-14

Saturdays 11:30-1pm

In this introductory acting course, young actors will learn to use their voices, bodies and imaginations to learn to creatively express themselves by communicating thoughts, emotions and storytelling. By improvising, puppetry, music, creating characters, writing and exploring texts, the course ends in a short original presentation for family and friends. Sign Up Here

The classes will be at Artscape and cost $120 per child. Prospective students with low incomes can apply for scholarships and subsidies provided by SIA.

 

 

Upcoming events

Hussen’s Community Barbecue

Our MP, Ahmed Hussen, will be hosting a barbecue this Sunday, the 21st of July, from 2 to 5 at 1765-1775 Weston Road


Faisal Hassan’s town hall on community safety

Hassan will be hosting a meeting on Monday, July 22nd to discuss community safety.

  • Doors Open @ 6:00 pm
  • Meeting Starts @ 6:30
  • Falstaff Community Centre, 50 Falstaff Avenue

Mount Dennis’ Coffee Culture events continue on Thursday, July 25th at 7 pm at supercoffee. This month, Leah Lane will be performing.


And, of course, Shakespeare in Action’s performance of A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream continues in Little Avenue Park.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Little Avenue Park

From Art in the Parks.

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.

Little Avenue Park and its bandshell / stage. (File)

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.

It’s a short walk from the UP Express Station. Click to enlarge.

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
  • Friday July 19, Performance
  • Saturday, July 20, Performance
  • Sunday July 21, Performance
  • Tuesday July 23, Performance
  • Wednesday July 24, Performance
  • Thursday July 25, Performance
  • Thursday July 26, Performance
  • Friday July 27, Performance
  • Saturday July 28, Performance
  • Sunday July 28, Performance and closing night.

Volunteers needed

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.

If you’re interested, you can register using the online form or by emailing [email protected] with a little information about yourself.

 

Shakespeare in Action–a review

A guest post by Erna Taverner

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.”

Upcoming events

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 MacbethRomeo & 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.