Shakespeare in the City Players Present Antony and Cleopatra

LA Drama Club - Cleopatra

Los Angeles Drama Club’s Shakespeare in the City Players will present Antony and Cleopatra on May 16 & 17 at Fais Do Do. The production combines elements of history, comedy, romance and tragedy, and will incorporate music and movement. As they have done with past productions Hamlet, Macbeth and Richard III, the roles of Antony and Cleopatra will be divided among two Players, to explore the different aspects of the characters. By reserving your “pay what you can” ticket online ahead of time, you’ll receive a free welcome kit and are guaranteed a seat. Tickets will sell out to standing room capacity.

Shakespeare in the City is continuing to develop its ongoing Performing Arts Troupe in the West Adams/Mid-City area. Through free and low-cost classes and workshops, they identify and nurture young motivated performers and provide them with the space to experience the camaraderie of an arts community, the skills to meet the challenges of the creative process, and the opportunity to develop a new sense of assurance, autonomy and self-motivation. These opportunities are geared to children and youth, ages 7 – 16, and involve them in all aspects of acting, theater, and Shakespeare, culminating in periodic performances for the community.

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
May 16 & 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Los Angeles Drama Club at Fais Do Do
5253 W. Adams Blvd.
www.losangelesdramaclub.com

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Aaron Anthony Bonilla to Lead Kingsmen’s Summer Theatre Camp

Kingsmen summer camp
After serving as assistant director and helping to develop a new curriculum last summer, Aaron Anthony Bonilla will lead the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company’s 2014 Summer Theatre Camp. Bonilla also designed a new teacher development program for the apprentices who teach in the camp and previously served as lead teacher. A graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts, he has spent 13 years devoted to theater production, performance and education.

Co-presented by California Lutheran University, the camp provides opportunities for children to learn theater techniques and try them out on stage while developing self-awareness, confidence and discipline. Everyone is cast in a final presentation for family and friends. Students in the Shakespeare camps will perform shortened versions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream or The Comedy of Errors. Here are the summer classes available:  More

A Noise Within’s Summer Camp is Open for Enrollment

ANW all the world's a stage

A Noise Within will once again offer a weeklong day camp, All the World’s A Stage, for younger children ages 6-9, from July 21-25.

All the World’s A Stage introduces the stage and Shakespeare, helps them build social skills and encourages full-time fun. The week’s activities include acting classes, stage combat, costuming and scene-making workshops and crafting galore. Kids also learn improv, acting techniques, and vocal and movement exercises, along with technical theater knowledge. The camp culminates in a final performance of their version of a Shakespeare play. Along the way, campers acquire teamwork skills and confidence and develop their creativity to the fullest.

According to A Noise Within’s Education and Community Outreach Director, Alicia Green, “Our program is very nearly one-of-a-kind, as most summer theatre camps are designed for older children. All the World’s A Stage is unique in the skill level and social interaction it brings to children in this age range–and they appreciate the chance to work with real professionals in the theatrical arts, while learning and having fun.”  More

Los Angeles Drama Club’s Young Actors Present RICHARD III and TWO GENTS

LA Drama Club RIII

Los Angeles Drama Club’s young Shakespearean actors will present their closing weekend of shows this Saturday and Sunday during Shakespeare Youth Festival, L.A. This is the country’s youngest Shakespeare Troupe doing sophisticated work. Go be inspired! You can even see them both in one day.

Sat/Sun, May 10 and 11
12:30 pm: TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
3:30 pm: RICHARD III

All performances take place at The Lyric Theatre, 520 N. La Brea Ave.
For $2 off the $10 ticket price, mention Shakespeare in LA when you reserve your tickets HERE, For more about the company, visit www.losangelesdramaclub.com.

Shakespeare Youth Festival, L.A. Launches its Season on April 5

The country’s youngest Shakespeare Troupe, Los Angeles Drama Club, expands its season to include four plays this spring, including FREE performances of The Tempest at Club Fais Do Do (5253 W. Adams Blvd). In addition, the company will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Richard III at the Lyric Theatre (520 N. La Brea Ave). The Drama Club has been presenting full productions of the Bard’s plays since 2004. Now, ten years later, the group is a thriving non-profit organization, with more than 100 young people, ages 6 to 18, from across the city, “growing up with the Bard.” Here’s a look at their upcoming schedule.

April 5 – 6: The Tempest
A deposed nobleman creates a magical life on an island for himself and his exiled daughter – what should he do when the opportunity for revenge arises? From betrayal and oppression to forgiveness and freedom, get ready for an afternoon filled with drama, music, humor, adventure and magic. Fais Do Do.

April 12 – 13: Midsummer Night’s Dream
A mysterious forest, ruled over by a Fairy King and Queen, a bunch of “civilians” rehearsing a play, and four young runaways who get caught up in it all. Imagine this commonly performed play, performed in an uncommon way, early “silent film era” style in the days when the expression on an actor’s face told everything and more! The Lyric Theatre.

May 3 – 4: Richard III
Come discover why and how Richard III continues to fascinate generations of audiences. As is our culture, multiple Players will divide up the title role – representing his splintered self. The Lyric Theatre.

May 10 – 11: Two Gentlemen of Verona
One of Shakespeare’s “romantic” (yet not so romantic) comedies, this play uncovers the possible disasters when one has to choose between loyalty to a friend and one’s own desires and agenda when the two are at cross-purposes. Full of iconic, large and colorful characters and lots of music, it includes one of Shakespeare’s first cross-dressing heroines, and a couple of scene-stealing clowns. The Lyric Theatre.

For more information about the season, visit www.losangelesdramaclub.com.

A Noise Within Announces Summer With Shakespeare 2014

Summer With Shakespeare - A Noise WithinClassical repertory theatre company A Noise Within, will offer its Summer With Shakespeare youth camp June 23 – July 12, 2014, (Monday-Friday 10am – 4pm) for youth aged 10-18. The conservatory-style program of acting, improvisation, stage diction, text analysis, kinetic exercises, and stage combat is led by classically trained, professional actors, choreographers, and designers. This three-week, intensive camp challenges kids to be both scholars and performers by enhancing their acting and public speaking skills, building their self-confidence on the stage, and gaining experience in theater craft. Participants will:

  • Demystify Shakespeare with classes led by professional acting coaches
  • Meet fellow young artists through ensemble scene work
  • Master the language of the Bard through monologues
  • Get crafty with the art of mask making and more
  • Take charge of the stage in stage-combat workshops
  • Perform on ANW’s main stage, just like the professionals

Attendees are placed in age appropriate groups and perform for an audience on ANW’s main stage at a culminating presentation of scenes and monologues from Shakespeare’s plays on Saturday, July 12th at noon. Cost: $850 (not including Summer with Shakespeare t-shirt or tickets to the Final Performance.)

ANW also holds the week-long day camp All the World’s A Stage, for younger children ages 6-9, July 21-25. This camp serves curious children who are introduced to the stage and Shakespeare, while building social skills and having fun. The week’s activities include acting classes, stage combat, costuming and scene-making workshops and crafting galore. Cost: $360 includes snacks and supplies. For more details, contact Alicia Green, Director of Education, at (626) 356-3104 or education@anoisewithin.org.

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.

Summer With Shakespeare at A Noise Within

ANW Shakespeare camp
A Noise Within presents SUMMER WITH SHAKESPEARE, a three-week summer program for youth ages 10 to 18 which demystifies Shakespeare’s verse and grooms young artists to be Shakespearean performers. On a deeper level, this camp, which runs from June 25 to July 14, 2013, at the company’s new state-of-the-art theatre in Pasadena, illuminates a connection to the patterns of the human condition inherent in Shakespeare’s works.

Summer With Shakespeare is a conservatory-style program of acting, improvisation, stage diction, text analysis, kinetic exercises and stage combat led by classically-trained, professional actors, choreographers and designers. Participants gain appreciation for Shakespeare’s verse through a unique exposure to the Bard’s classic comedies, tragedies, and history plays. They also have the opportunity to enhance their acting and public speaking skills and build self-confidence on the stage. At the program’s conclusion, participants perform scenes and monologues from Shakespeare’s plays for an audience on A Noise Within’s main stage.

Two registration options include Full Day, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Summer School Special, 1:00 – 4:00 pm. The cost for either session is $825. Single weeks are also available in the mornings, and before- and after-care are offered. Registration deadline is June 18, 2013. Space is limited. A Noise Within is located at 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107. To register for Summer With Shakespeare, or for questions, call 626-356-3104 or visit www.ANoiseWithin.org.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream or The Night They Missed the Forest For the Trees

A Midsummer Night Morgan-Wixson

Presented by Morgan-Wixson’s Youth Education/Entertainment Series:
Throw away everything you think you know about Shakespeare, and for that matter, about theatre. In this adaptation by Salty Shakespeare’s Nancy Linehan Charles, we’re in study hall where just about everyone is doing everything except studying for tomorrow’s test on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. That is, until Zoe gets an idea. In this rollicking adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, teenagers, fairies, workers and royalty collide in a forest on a summer night and are bedazzled by a couple of “Pucks”. The fairy queen falls in love with an ass, the teens fall in and out (and in) love with each other, six well-meaning goofs stumble into their 15 minutes of fame, and three streetwise storytellers pull the audience at breakneck speed toward the moon-drenched conclusion. The production is directed by Nancy Linehan Charles and produced by Anne Gesling and Teri Senior. Performances take place at 11:00 am on Saturdays. Call (310) 828-7519 for tickets; $10 for adults, children 7 and under are $7. Tickets are also available online Here.

Y.E.S. is part of the Morgan-Wixson Theatre’s commitment to engaging young audiences, training young talent, and supporting literacy. Participants range in age from 8-18. Most Y.E.S. shows are selected to support national and local school reading lists. For more information go to http://morgan-wixson.org.

Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival Receives Grant

Congratulations to The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival on receiving a grant from the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation. The grant is in support of their free and educational programs, including the free Shakespeare in the Park, the free High School Apprentice Summer Program, and an annual tour of Romeo & Juliet for local 9th grade students. The matching grant challenges SCSF to raise matching funds. If their fund raising goal is not matched, the festival does not receive the grant.  More

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