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June 15, 2014 - 1 comment(s)

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 - 1 comment(s)

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!

December 12, 2013 - leave a comment

Christmas Carol Writing Contest on WCPN

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

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