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December 12, 2013 - leave a comment
So many exciting developments this year, tied to the 25th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, now playing at the Ohio Theatre. One very exciting event, as old as Great Lakes Theater’s (GLT) original adaptation itself, is The A Christmas Carol Writing Contest.
Twenty-five years ago, working closely with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), our education department developed a writing contest for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students across the district. Students are invited to write anything they like -- a story, a poem, a play, a song – inspired by themes present in Dickens’ classic work. Winners from each school are celebrated by their peers at special matinee performances exclusively for CMSD school kids.
Every year six grand prize winners are chosen who receive special recognition and additional gifts, like a plaque with their name on it and a fine, hardcover edition of A Christmas Carol. This year and for the first time, these grand prize winners were featured on WCPN’s award-winning arts and culture program The Sound of Applause, interviewed by host Dee Perry and their stories read on the air by members of GLT’s acting company including Laurie Birmingham, Laura Welsh Berg, Lynn Robert Berg, Aled Davies, Darryl Lewis and M.A. Taylor.
The result is a charming and enjoyable hour of stories and conversation. These grand prize winning students produced works which are funny, thoughtful, moving, and surprisingly wise.
The program will be rebroadcast on WCPN 90.3 FM on Friday, December 20 at 2 p.m., and on Tuesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Day – at 2 p.m. You can also listen online, right now, by visiting The Sound of Applause event page for the broadcast.
-David Hansen, Education Outreach Associate
November 25, 2013 - leave a comment
EAR CANDY: Today we visited the Idea Center to chat with Dee Perry of WCPN's 90.3 FM's "The Sound of Applause" about our upcoming Sensory Friendly performance of "A Christmas Carol" (Wednesday, November 27 @ 11:00 a.m.) for children and adults on the autism spectrum (and their families). The show was broadcast this afternoon, but we invite you to listen in to the streaming audio on WCPN's site at your leisure to hear more about this extraordinary Ohio first. Audio Link: http://bit.ly/1bjh0t1 (Advance to 34:40 in the stream for the segment.) Tickets are still available: http://bit.ly/19F6ZDY
November 19, 2013 - leave a comment
Hey gang, GLT Education Outreach Associate David Hansen here! Preparations for our free, annual “Surround” outreach tour plays begin months before they open in February. Sometimes, when we have commissioned a new work, the writing begins an entire year in advance!
This year we will be presenting SEVEN AGES, a new play written by SEVEN Cleveland area playwrights! Characters from Shakespeare’s As You Like It (opening at the Hanna on April 4) meet and share seven stories about each of the “seven ages of man”.
Working with the visual magicians at TRG Reality (those are the folks who create all of the amazing designs on our promotional materials) we wanted to show the fun and playful nature of this production, which will feature these characters helping each other act-out their stories by dressing up and or down, pretending to people who are older, younger, richer, poor, from different walks of life and even the opposite gender.
We asked two of the performers from SEVEN AGES, Bobby Williams and Annie Perusek, to come to the TRG studios on St. Clair Avenue to take some photos.
Esther Haberlen, GLT Costume Shop Manager – and costume designer for SEVEN AGES – pulled some GLT stock for Bobby to appear as the playful Touchstone. Esther is creating an original costume for him to wear in the actual tour.
For the poster image, Touchstone will appear to be tearing away part of the poster itself (can you dig it?) which will reveal the eyes of the character Celia, played by Annie Perusek.
The final images featured here show how the photo session concluded – with Annie’s eyes over Bobby’s face! WEIRD! Now TRG will work to add he torn paper effect, and to make the eye believe they are looking two layers of paper, and not just one.
Even we haven’t seen the final image yet, but we sure are looking forward to it!
Great Lakes Theater's free outreach touring play SEVEN AGES begins February 11, 2014.
June 29, 2013 - leave a comment
CLE HEADS TO NYC...
Hey folks! David Hansen here, GLT Education Outreach Associate with some very exciting news.
Hopefully you had the chance to see last spring’s free, outreach touring play, “Double Heart (The Courtship of Beatrice and Benedick)” at a venue near you.
Well, this summer the performers in the “Double Heart” company, with the blessing of and assistance from Great Lakes Theater, will be taking this new verse play -- a prequel to Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” -- to the 17th annual New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC)!
FringeNYC is the largest multi-arts performing arts festival in the United States, with 200 companies presenting in 20 different venues across lower Manhattan.
“Double Heart” will presented in the historic Connelly Theater on the Lower East Side, a beautiful former opera house which is now a 99-seat performance venue.
To celebrate this thrilling event, we will be offering a one-night-only, free performance of “Double Heart” at the Reinberger Auditorium, home to Talespinner Children’s Theatre, 5209 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland on Sunday, July 7 at 7 PM.
We hope to see you at the show here in Cleveland -- and tell all your New York friends to come out and support this amazing show on the Lower East Side this August at FringeNYC!
May 23, 2013 - 1 comment(s)
As if their performances on stage didn't showcase their talent enough... The cast of Guys and Dolls put their own theatrical spin on Justin Timberlake's Suit and Tie in this awesome music video. (PS: They can still "...show you a few thangs..." at the Hanna Theatre. The show runs thru 6/30! Hint. Hint.)