Shakespeare Idol in Austin
Austin Shakespeare is celebrating its 30th and the bard’s 450th birthday with a lively Shakespeare Idol competition for students ages 12 to 19.Competitors can register to perform a two-minute monologue or a four-minute short scene in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. The festivities will take place outside from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Cake will be served after the competition. Artistic director Ann Cicoolella says, “Austin Shakespeare’s goal is to celebrate the best within us and sharing the experience of Shakespeare’s language with new generations gives them the opportunity to bring these complex, intense and beautiful moments to life on their own.”
The panel of judged will be comprised of local accredited professional Shakespearean actors and directors and each performer will receive a copy of the judges’ comments on his or her performance. Participants will also be invited to attend a free workshop about the rhythm of Shakespeare’s works.
NCShakes offers Hands On workshop for educators
The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival will hold a Hands on Shakespeare workshop on March 8th to explore methods of teaching Shakespeare’s plays through performance in the classroom. The workshop will be lead by Sherri Raeford of NCShakes and Dr. Lynne Norris Murray of High Point University.
Raeford explains, “Shakespeare’s beautiful language places his works in the literary canon; however, Shakespeare wrote his plays to be performed. Hands On Shakespeare workshops help educators and interested adults explore the work of Shakespeare through an actor’s viewpoint while addressing the very real challenge of relating the activities to Common Core State Standards.”
The workshop is based on methods from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Shakespeare Lives! and Raeford’s teaching experience. Dr. Murray “will reinforce the active exploration of the text with links to relevant curricular standards, modern culture and the demands of the 21st century classroom.”
Workshop participants will also enjoy a Shakespeare To Go performance of Hamlet and a post-performance Q&A.
Orlando Shakespeare announces summer plans
Orlando Shakespeare Theater has announced its Creative Arts Camps for Summer 2014. The company will offer thirteen different camps, from June 10 – August 16, for students of all ages and levels of experience.
Orlando Shakes production camps last anywhere from one to four weeks and focus on one play. This summer campers will be working on Much Ado About Nothing, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Twelfth Night. Each production camp will end with a performance at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center.
Students in grades 7 – 12 may also enroll in Shakespeare With Heart. Campers work will work on modernizing The Merchant of Venice over a two-week period. Director of Education Anne Hering says, “We’ve set this dramedy about romance and money at Venice University, where cheerleaders and football players come to the rescue to make sure that love prevails
A range of non-Shakespeare camps are also available for students of all ages.