Shakespeare on the Road Honors Theatricum Botanicum and You’re Invited

TB bday photoWill Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is throwing a free party to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday on Saturday, July 26 – and everyone is invited. The grounds open at 1:30 pm for merriment and refreshments, including jugglers, wandering musicians, madrigal singers, and complimentary birthday cake and beverages.

Special guests include Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare, as well as UK Deputy British Consul Barbara Greene; British Council West Coast director Simon Gammell, OBE; L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky; and Rev. Dr. Paul Edmondson and Dr. Paul Prescott of Shakespeare on the Road. More

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A Wonderful Opportunity to Help City Hearts and Kids through Shakespeare

City Hearts Shakespeare Challenge 2014On May 31st, City Hearts will hold its 5th Annual Shakespeare Challenge bringing together students from across Los Angeles County who have been studying Shakespeare for the past year to perform scenes and monologues before a panel of encouraging judges at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga. The Shakespeare Challenge utilizes Shakespearean drama to inspire students in the study of history, culture, vocabulary, literacy and stagecraft, as well as to promote skills in creative movement, group cooperation, teamwork and conflict resolution.

Organizers are currently looking for businesses and organizations that would be able to donate prizes for the competition. (There will be 1st & 2nd place winners and everyone else comes in 3rd, so all the participating children will receive prizes.) You can give almost anything, such as stickers, dolls, books, or anything related to Shakespeare.

City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts works only with the community’s most impoverished, and at-greatest-risk children who would never have access or opportunity for quality Arts education and experiences without City Hearts efforts. They provide ongoing, daily classes in Dance, Shakespeare, Musical Theatre, Photography, Filmmaking, and Playwriting. Here are the particulars of the event:

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Voting is Now Open for the BWW/Los Angeles Awards

Congratulations to all of the nominees in the BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards and especially those who were nominated for their work in Shakespeare productions. Now YOU get to vote for your favorites by going to this link. Voting will run through December 31, 2013 and winners will be announced in early January. Nominees include:

BWW Awards Vote NowBest Play (Local Production)
R II, Theatre @ Boston Court

Best Play (Touring Production)
Hamlet (The Globe Theatre), The Broad Stage

Best Leading Actress in a Play (Local Production)
Lisa Wolpe for Hamlet, Odyssey Theatre
Paige Lindsey White for R II, Theatre @ Boston Court

Best Leading Actor in a Play (Local Production)
Aaron Hendry for The Taming of the Shrew, Theatricum Botanicum

Best Direction of a Play (Local Production)
Tim Robbins for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Actors’ Gang

Best Direction of a Play (Touring Production)
Bill Buckhurst for Hamlet (The Globe Theatre), The Broad Stage

Best Costume Design (Local Production)
Angela Balogh Calin for Pericles, Prince of Tyre, A Noise Within

Best Lighting Design (Local Production)
Jeremy Pivnick for R II, Theatre @ Boston Court

Best Sound Design (Local Production)
John Zalewski for RII, Theatre @ Boston Court

Best Leading Actress in a Play (Touring Production)
Elena González for Henry VIII/Enrique VIII, The Broad Stage
Miranda Foster for Hamlet (The Globe Theatre), The Broad Stage

Best Leading Actor in a Play (Touring Production)
Fernando Gil for Henry VIII/Enrique VIII, The Broad Stage
Michael Benz Hamlet (The Globe Theatre), The Broad Stage

Best Featured Actress in a Play (Touring Production)
Sara Moraleda for Henry VIII/Enrique VIII, The Broad Stage

Best Featured Actor in a Play (Touring Production)
Jesus Teyssiere for Henry VIII/Enrique VIII, The Broad Stage
Julio Hidalgofor Henry VIII/Enrique VIII, The Broad Stage

Good luck everyone!

City Hearts’ 4th Annual Shakespeare Challenge, Recital & Photography Exhibit

City Hearts Shakes challenge 2013
City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts presents “A Day of Enchantment” featuring The 4th Annual Shakespeare Challenge, Recital and Photography Exhibit on Saturday, June 1st at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm. This is a free community event showcasing the work of over 200 students from L.A.’s inner city communities who have participated in City Hearts’ Arts programming in Shakespeare, Dance, Musical Theatre and Photography.

Students will kick-off the day competing in the Shakespeare Challenge on Theatricum’s Main Stage, performing scenes and monologues before a panel of judges and attending audience members. Judges invited to participate include Max Adler, Ellen Geer, Jennifer Bronstein, Walton Goggins, and Armin Shimerman. Many of the children have competed in the Challenge since its inception, and for others, it will be their very first time. The afternoon’s activities will feature students from the Dance and Musical Theatre programs in Recitals and a Student Photography Exhibitions. Tickets are Free but you must RSVP by calling (310) 455-2898. The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA.

Founded in 1984 by Juvenile Court Public Defenders, Bob and Sherry Jason, City Hearts has provided unique training and experiences in the Arts to over 33,000 children since its inception. For more about City hearts, visit www.cityhearts.org.

City Hearts Shakespeare Challenge – Can you help?

City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts is holding its 3rd Annual Shakespeare Challenge & 27th Anniversary Recital on Saturday, June 2nd and is looking for businesses and organizations that would be able to donate prizes for the competition. The students from impoverished communities across Los Angeles County have been studying Shakespeare through City Hearts for the past year and this event brings them all together to perform scenes and monologues before a panel of encouraging judges at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. 

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A Noise Within Founders to receive A.C.T. Award

Congratulations to A Noise Within Founders/Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, who are being honored with the inaugural “Contributions to the Field Award” by the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), the Tony Award–winning theatre company and home of one of the top training programs in the country. The Elliotts, whose acclaimed classical repertory theatre company is currently celebrating its 20th Anniversary season in a new, state-of-the-art Pasadena venue following a $13.5 million capital campaign, are among an elite group of A.C.T. alumni and supporters to be honored by the prestigious company at its Conservatory Awards Luncheon on January 24, 2012, at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. 

The Award honors artists who have contributed significant leadership in the field of theater locally and nationally beyond their role as actors. Others being honored at the luncheon include Annette Bening, Elizabeth Banks, Frannie and the late Mort Fleishhacker, and The William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

For more information about the Awards Luncheon visit www.act-sf.org/conservatory_awards_luncheon. For tickets to the inaugural event, contact Luz Perez at (415) 439-2470 or lperez@act-sf.org. For more about A Noise Within go to www.anoisewithin.org.

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