What is a Surround?
"Surround" is an umbrella term that refers to a series of free Great Lakes education programs designed to connect audiences to our spring productions. While our free outreach touring play is the primary Surround program, there are others, including: pre-show discussions in the Hanna Theatre, a student play writing festival, a student designed lobby exhibit and a Shakespearean song writing competition for students. Whether you can participate in any or all of our Surround events or know someone who can, we hope that exploring classic plays from new and exciting perspectives helps people to make meaningful connections between classic literature and the issues in their own lives. And if that inspires you to come downtown to see our work in the Hanna Theatre this spring, all the more reason to celebrate!
Outreach Touring Production
Learn more about our Surround's Outreach Touring Production
Suit the Word to the Action
A Student Play Writing Festival
Lorain County Community College
Stocker Center, Studio Theatre
1005 Abbe Rd. North, Elyria 44035
Don't miss this thrilling series of original short plays written and presented by the students of the Lorain County Community College theater department. This program offers a talk-back with the student playwrights and a panel of distinguished professional Cleveland theater artists. The students' plays are presented and adjudicated on Monday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. The winning play is staged by GLT's Director of Education Kelly Schaffer Florian and performed by professional actors on Wednesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. This program is FREE and open to audiences of all backgrounds and ages. For more information, call 1.800.955.5222 ext. 7120.
A Student Designed Lobby Exhibit
March 29 – April 14, 2013
Hanna Theatre Lobby
In partnership with TrueNorth Cultural Arts, Great Lakes Theater proudly exhibits original artwork created by Lorain County artists. This artwork will be displayed in the lobby of the Hanna Theatre in conjunction with our spring production of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and will represent the culmination in an artist/teacher mentorship program that includes master class workshops focusing on creating original artwork inspired by Shakespearean themes. Call Kelly Schaffer Florian at 216.241.5490 x318 for details.
A Song Writing Contest
Monday, April 23, 2012: Shakespeare's birthday!
Airs at 12:15 pm on WCPN 90.3 FM
Great Lakes Theater, in partnership with 90.3 WCPN ideastream, proudly presents Bardstock 2013 – an innovative radio program that features original student music inspired by William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Hosted by Dee Perry of WCPN's award-winning radio program Around Noon, Bardstock 2013 features student music, interviews with the student composers and musicians, as well as unique scholarly insights. Middle and high school student musicians may register for the competition by calling Kelly Schaffer Florian at 216.241.5490 x318. Tune into 90.3 WCPN and join us!