A Little ‘As You Like It’ Girl Talk with ISC’s Melissa Chalsma

Melissa Chalsma as Rosalind. Photo credit: Danna Deeann

Melissa Chalsma is one busy woman. As a wife, mom, actor, director and full-time artistic director of Independent Shakespeare Co., which she co-founded with husband David Melville, she knows firsthand what it’s like to try and balance more than you think you can. There’s always time for a little girl talk though so between juggling kids and rehearsals we grabbed a few minutes to talk about ISC’s upcoming performance of As You Like It, how storytelling shapes our world, and those L.A. streets paved with gold. Read on!  More


Save the Date for Independent Shakespeare Co.’s As You Like It

Save the date for Independent Shakespeare Co.’s annual spring fundraiser in Griffith Park. On Saturday, May 12, bring a blanket, a picnic, and your friends & family, to a special performance of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Pre-show entertainment starts at 2:00 pm and the performance begins at 4:00 pm. Ticket prices are $25 for a single ticket, $50 for a family ticket (two adults plus children, please), and $100 for a special, reserved VIP seat. For tickets and more information, visit www.iscla.org. All proceeds go to fund ISC’s Griffith Park Free Summer Shakespeare Festival.

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Help Pepsi Do Good for Theatricum Botanicum and Students
Pepsi is giving away millions of dollars to fund great ideas that refresh the world and you can help. Theatricum Botanicum has submitted an idea to bring Shakespeare “Off the Page” for 2500 students and if it gets enough votes, Pepsi will make it happen. You can read all about it, plus find more great ideas, and vote to help the ones you like get funding here: www.refresheverything.com/theatricum

Have a Dickens of a Time with Independent Shakespeare Co. Three more performances of A Christmas Carol with Charles Dickens will take place this weekend at the ISC Studio in Atwater Village. The show recreates (with a little artistic license) the experience of a public reading of A Christmas Carol, given by Dickens himself. It is based on an adaption the author made of his famous Christmas story and performed by David Melville, with musical accompaniment and dramatic interjections by Mary Guilliams. Expect a performance full of the acting pyrotechnics Dickens was famous for, holiday music, wry humor, and redemption. Appropriate for ages 7 and up. Three performance remain: Saturday, Dec 17 at 5pm; Sunday, Dec 18 at 2pm; and Sunday Dec 18 at 5pm. (This last performance may say that it is sold out but I believe some additional tickets have just been made available). www.independentshakespeare.com

See The Tempest at Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles
Don’t forget to RSVP for the screening of Julie Taymor’s film version of The Tempest this Friday, December 16 at 8pm. Tickets are free with a reservation and can be made Here.  This modern retelling of Shakespeare’s final masterpiece is an exciting, mystical and magical fantasy starring Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, and Alfred Molina. You’ll even get to see exclusive bonus features.

Join Shakespeare Orange County for some Yuletide Cheer
Your friends at Shakespeare Orange County are inviting you to join them for A Shakespearean Christmas 8pm on Saturday, December 17. It will be a warm and evocative remembrance of years past that includes songs and poetry, notions and stories of a simpler time. Enjoy such stuff as dreams are made on through the eyes of Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Clement C. Moore, Robert Frost, e.e. cummings, Ogden Nash – along with traditional carols and personal remembrances. Following the performance you can enjoy a variety of desserts and complimentary Champaign, hot cider and other treats as well. www.shakespeareoc.org

Come to Topanga for a Haunted BOO-tanicum on Oct 28!

On Friday, October 28, Theatricum Botanicum becomes a haunted BOO-tanicum for its 1st annual Halloween extravaganza. For one night only, the theater and surrounding gardens will become the haunt of headless horsemen, wandering witches, tale-telling hearts, man-made monsters and spirited sprites, all put together by Theatricum’s classical actors. 

Events will include:
Haunted house
Classic ghost stories told by award-winning actors Ellen Geer, Earnestine Phillips and William Hunt
Costume contest
Bobbing for apples and pumpkin carving
Organic Chicken & Waffles by Bon Melange Catering
Eclectic live music by Peter Alsop and Tommy Santee Klaws
…and lots of not-too-scary stuff for kids.

Come one, come all 4:00 – 10:00 pm on October 28 to The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga CA  90290.  Tickets for children 5-12 are $5, teens are $15, and adults are $20. Click Here for more information.

Antaeus Online Auction begins September 19

The Antaeus Company is having its first-ever Online Auction and here’s a sneak peek at a few of the items they’ll have up for bidding beginning September 19.

  • A Classics Symposium in Your Home with an Antaeus Company expert on Shakespeare, Chekhov, Commedia Dell’Arte…etc.
  • Lunch or Dinner with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actors Armin Shimerman, Kitty Swink, and special guest Michael Dorn
  • Curated visit to Shareen Vintage Clothing with champagne and desserts!
  • Cooking Lesson for two with “Top Chef” Fan Favorite Fabio Viviani.
    Personal instruction from the Executive Chef of Firenze Osteria 

The Antaeus Online Auction runs September 19 – October 7. Here’s the link to bookmark:  www.biddingforgood.com/antaeus.

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