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December 08, 2014 - leave a comment

A Christmas Carol Writing Contest (2014)

Every year since 1989, Great Lakes Theater has partnered with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District in producing our annual “A Christmas Carol” Writing Contest. Over eighteen-hundred CMSD students in grades six, seven, and eight compose original stories inspired by the universal themes in Charles Dickens’ timeless classic. Then, each school selects one winner per grade level to submit to Great Lakes Theater for judging. Of these submissions, a panel of judges vote for the top six grand prize winning entries.
 
This year there were 1,818 participants in this year’s A Christmas Carol Writing Contest. 25 schools participated, choosing 54 school winners who were recognized at special matinee performances of A Christmas Carol.
 
Congratulations to the six grand prize winning entries of Great Lakes Theater's 26th annual A Christmas Carol Writing Contest:
 
Eighth Grade:
Laurie J. Bocachica (Douglas MacArthur Girls’ Leadership Academy)
Emily Pikturna, McKenna Jablonske & Xavier Rivera (Newton D. Baker School of Arts)
 
Seventh Grade:
Emily Gorman (Douglas MacArthur Girls' Leadership Academy)
Yamaiya Jackson (Whitney M. Young Gifted & Talented Leadership Academy)
 
Sixth Grade:
Franny Marshall (Riverside Pre K-8 School)
Donovan Reed (Whitney M. Young Gifted & Talented Leadership Academy)
 
Great Lakes Theater’s “Matinee Idols” hosted a private reception last Saturday night in Kennedy's Theatre at PlayhouseSquare, honoring these grand prize winners of Great Lakes Theater’s “A Christmas Carol” Writing Contest. It was a great honor to introduce these very talented CMSD students, and to award them with prizes and special items – including a letter of recognition from by Mr. Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District - which these students earned through their imaginations and excellence in writing.
 
Also, for a second year, Great Lakes Theater has collaborated with our friends at ideastream to produce a special edition of WCPN’s award-winning arts & entertainment program Sound of Applause, featuring interviews with all grand prize winning writers and their stories read by Great Lakes company members. The program first aired this past Monday, and will be re-broadcast on Christmas Eve Day, Wednesday, December 24 at 2 PM at 90.3 FM. and is now available for streaming.

June 15, 2014 - leave a comment

Camp Theater! (Week One)

Summer is here, and the time is right for CAMP THEATER! For five years now, GLT has partnered with Berea-Midpark High School to produce a two-week theater camp for kids ages 4-to-18. This year was the first year we offered day-long sessions for students aged 9 and up, and the results have been remarkable - and fun!

Morning sessions for the very young children featured inventive craft-making, the telling of classic stories, and shaping those stories into performances that were shared with family members during the final class of the week.

Our Jesters and Fools company (ages 9 - 11) created masks and costume pieces, and played theater games during the morning session, while the Upstart Crows (12 - 14) and Rude Mechanicals (15 - 18) worked together during the first half of the day discovering more advanced vocal and physical training, played theater games and used imaginative exercises to devise new ways of performing theatrically.

After lunch period, the Fools, Crows and Mechanicals, worked individually to discover classic texts and to rehearse scenes with an emphasis on speech and character. There were also classes in stage combat choreography, make-up for the stage, and basic backstage technical elements.

Friday afternoon families came together to enjoy an hour-long program of their amazing work. The Jesters and Fools, led by GLT actor teachers Tim Keo and Khaki Hermann, performed a hilarious, four-scene version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Upstart Crows, led by Education Outreach Associate David Hansen and GLT actor-teacher Katelyn Cornelius, adapted and performed works from a set of ghost stories for children.

The Rude Mechanicals, led by Director of Educational Programming Lisa Ortenzi and GLT actor-teacher Brett Radke, performed a fifteen-minute adaptation of Hamlet.

Many of our campers from the first week will be returning for the second and final week, and we are all looking forward to meeting the new kids who will be joining us for more exciting theater discovery!

May 02, 2014 - leave a comment

LCCC Playwriting Contest Staged Reading 2014

Tuesday night (April 29) two award-winning Lorain County Community College student playwrights, their peers and members of their family gathered in the Stocker Arts Center Studio Theatre for a script-in-hand performance of their ten-minute plays.

Actors from the Great Lakes Theater school residency program and outreach tours performed The Cracks in Our Foundations by Krista Price and Spontaneous Tom by Emily Buttita, which were the First and Second Place winners (respectively) for the 2014 Lorain County Community College Playwriting Contest.

This event was the culmination of Dr. Daniel Cleary’s ENGL/THTR 168: Playwriting for Stage and Screen Course, incorporating themes from William Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Interest in this year’s playwriting contest was particularly high, attracting a large crowd to the intimate Studio Theatre.

The Cracks in Our Foundations depicts a modern love triangle between contemporary young adults, while they struggle to patch a large crack in the wall of an apartment. In Spontaneous Tom, two men, one young, one old, meet on a park bench, and stories from the old man’s past give the younger man different ideas of how best to communicate with his girlfriend. Each piece reflected themes of romance, requited and unrequited, inspired by Shakespeare’s timeless work.

GLT performers included David Hansen, Chenelle Bryant-Harris, Khaki Hermann, James Rankin, and Michael Silverstein, and the event was staged by David Hansen, GLT Education Outreach Associate. Special thanks to Jeremy K. Benjamin, LCCC Director of Theatre.

April 28, 2014 - leave a comment

LCCC Playwriting Contest Staged Reading - Tomorrow Night!

Two award-winning plays from the 2014 LCCC Playwriting Contest will be performed tomorrow evening, Tuesday April 29 at 7:30 PM at the Lorain County Community College Stocker Arts Center, Studio Theatre.

These two, fifteen-minute plays are Spontaneous Tom by Emily Buttita and The Cracks In Our Foundations by Krista Price.

Each award-winning play was written as part of Dr. Daniel Cleary’s ENGL/THTR 168: Playwriting for Stage and Screen course, incorporating themes from Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

These short plays will be directed by David Hansen, GLT Education Outreach Associate, and performed by GLT actor-teachers and outreach tour performers. Tuesday’s performance is free and open to the public.
 
The LCCC Playwriting Contest is part of GLT’s Surround series of free events presented across Northeast Ohio.

April 09, 2014 - leave a comment

Lorain County Community College Playwriting Contest (2014)

On Tuesday, April 8 the works of six Lorain County Community College student playwrights were given staged readings and adjudicated at the Stocker Center, Studio Theatre.

The LCCC Playwriting Contest is part of GLT’s Surround series of free events presented across Northeast Ohio. Each participating playwright is a students in Dr. Daniel Cleary’s Playwriting for Stage and Screen course, and part of this year’s competition was that writers consider themes present in Shakespeare’s As You Like It as part of their writing process.

Tuesday night these ten-minute plays were read by student actors from Professor Dave Cotton’s acting for theater classes, and evaluated by Northeast Ohio playwrights Christine Howey, Margaret Lynch, Eric Schmiedl, Michael Oatman and GLT Educational Outreach Associate David Hansen.

First Place was awarded to The Cracks in Our Foundations by Krista Price, and Second Place to Spontaneous Tom by Emily Bittita and these two works will receive fully-staged, script-in-hand performances, performed by Great Lakes Theater actor-teachers and directed by David Hansen on Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30 PM at the Stocker Center, Studio Theatre. This performance is free and open to the public.

Third Place was awarded to Switch by Cameron Dobos. Special thanks to LCCC Director of Theater Jeremy K. Benjamin for his great work facilitating this exciting annual event!