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-A Midsummer Night's Dream III, i

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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!

March 27, 2014 - leave a comment

Final run-throughs - "The Breakthrough"

3) "The Break-Through"
 
When the last run in the room comes, you have heard lots of notes, tried your best to make adjustments and all that is left is to try it one more time. I think the ease that comes with this final run may be a function of giving up our expectations to get it all "right." You think, “Ah, what the heck," remind yourself this is still a work in progress, and you feel a little loose about what you try and how you integrate the notes that were given.

The result is a run that feels easier and clearer than the last. You suddenly see the shape and purpose of the show. And as you watch your colleagues' wonderful work, you think, “It’s all going to be ok!”

Through these 3 run-throughs (as frustrating and rough as they may be) comes a little more simplicity, breathing room, and focus. Which is exactly what each of us needs as we enter into one of the most complex weeks of the production process: tech week.