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-A Midsummer Night's Dream III, i

Keep up with all things Great Lakes Theater. Our blog is a great way to learn about the very latest Great Lakes Theater news/notes and enjoy extraordinary "behind-the-scenes" access to the creative process of our artistic company.

June 12, 2017 - leave a comment

Camp Theater!

Camp Theatre! 2017 was so much fun! We hope to see you in 2018!

May 11, 2017 - leave a comment

Backstage Bash!

We hope you had as much fun at the Backstage Bash as we did. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, April 21, 2018 when we do it all again!

April 29, 2016 - leave a comment

Lorain County Community College Playwriting Contest (2016)

On Thursday, April 28, two award-winning Lorain County Community College student playwrights, their peers and members of their family gathered in the Cirigliano 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 performed The Lush Life of Abigail Aaron by Rhett Paukst and What’s Wrong With Sugar Babe? by Bonnie Blair, which were the Second and First Place winners (respectively) for the 2016 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 Love’s Labour’s Lost.
 
The Lush Life of Abigail Aaron details those whose lives revolve around superstar performer Abigail Aaron are desperate to know why she had a public meltdown and has vanished from the scene. In What’s Wrong With Sugar Babe? two strangers help each other through a critical moment in each other’s romantic lives. Each piece reflected themes of joy and sorrow present in Shakespeare’s timeless work.
 
GLT performers included Chelsea Cannon, Chenelle Bryant-Harris, Khaki Hermann, Tim Keo, Shaun O'Neill, Will Sanborn and Carrie Williams. The event was staged by David Hansen, GLT Education Outreach Associate.
 
The LCCC Playwriting Contest is part of GLT’s Surround series of free events presented across Northeast Ohio. On Thursday, April 21, six 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’s David Hansen.
 
Special thanks to Jeremy K. Benjamin, LCCC Director of Theatre and to Professor Dave Cotton.

January 29, 2016 - 3 comment(s)

Master Class at True North Cultural Arts

“This little academe, still and contemplative in living art.”
- King of Navarre, Love Labour’s Lost, Act I, scene i

Set into the beautiful Lorain County Metro Parks, True North Cultural Arts was the site of an exploration of themes present in Love’s Labour’s Lost, conducted by GLT Education Outreach Associate David Hansen.

This Master Calss was presented as part of Great Lakes Theater's annual Surround educational programming. "Surround" is an umbrella term that refers to a series of free Great Lakes education programs designed to connect audiences to our spring productions.

Participants read passages from Shakespeare’s text, playing the King of Navarre, the Princess of France, and their romance-stricken attendants. Scenework was accompanied discussions, theater exercises and an exploration of Shakespeare’s sonnets, thought by some to contain clues to the Bard’s inspiration for Love’s Labour’s Lost.

Over the next two months, these student artists will create original works inspired by their experiences in this special workshop event, and Shakespeare’s text. These works will be presented in an exhibition called Contemplative In Living Art (LLL I.i) in the Deloitte Room in the Hanna Theatre, opening April 8, 2016 - opening night of Great Lakes Theater’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost!

November 19, 2015 - 1 comment(s)

Christmas Carol Writing Contest: See How They Grow!

This year, we have TWO previous grand prize winners in Great Lakes Theater’s annual “A Christmas Carol” Writing Contest!

The Christmas Carol Writing Contest is a literacy program open to all Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) students in grades six, seven and eight. Every year since 1989 students participate by writing original stories, songs and poems inspired by the timeless themes in Dickens classic tale.

Donovan Reed (Whitney M. Young Talented & Gift Academy, 7th Grade) was a 2014 winner. Donovan’s  entry this year, The Misbehaved Christmas, introduces an intolerable boy named Jack, who has never known the consequences of his selfish actions.

Brenda Gomez (Douglas MacArthur Girl’s Leadership Academy, 8th Grade) was a 2013 winner. With this year’s entry, The Winter Storm, Brenda spins a fantastic story where Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by a girl with burning green eyes.

These two and the other four of this year’s grand prize winning stories will be read by GLT’s “A Christmas Carol” acting company members for broadcast on WCPN’s “Sound of Applause” hosted by Dee Perry on Monday, December 7 at 2:00 PM and 10:00 PM. Listen in to 90.3 FM ideastream or wcpn.org!

Please join Great Lakes Theater in congratulating all six grand prize winning entries of Great Lakes Theater's 27th annual A Christmas Carol Writing Contest:
 
Eighth Grade:
Nayeli Cruz (Scranton K-8 School)
Brenda Gomez (Douglas MacArthur Girls' Leadership Academy)
 
Seventh Grade:
Alana Johns (Douglas MacArthur Girls' Leadership Academy)
Donovan Reed (Whitney M. Young Gifted & Talented Leadership Academy)
 
Sixth Grade:
Shakee-Ra Durham (Newton D. Baker School of Arts)
Dean Iannaggi (Riverside K-8 School)

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