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Buffalo News, 6/24/10
I was disappointed by Colin Dabkowski’s review of Shakespeare in the Park’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” I find it hard to believe that he saw the same opening performance I saw. Dabkowski mistakenly labels it the 34th season, while the program clearly notes that it is the 35th. He then expresses his dislike of the music, going so far as to call for a “proper pit band.” Methinks he doth protest too much. I thought the music was well conceived and executed.
Rather than attempting to label some performances as “nuanced, engrossing interpretations” (good stuff!), and others as “credible attempts to deliver” (not quite so good!),I would emphasize the extent to which this is an ensemble production, featuring a marvelous group of Buffalo actors working together, playing off each other and creating a hugely entertaining version of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”
I would mention that these people are all multitalented, not only delivering Shakespeare’s words clearly and meaningfully, not an easy task, but singing, and dancing, and dealing with the slings and arrows and noises of our outdoor theater.
I would mention that the lighting was so good that it wouldn’t even be noticed, that the sound system worked brilliantly most of the time, that the costumes and setting were all cleverly designed and adapted to add to the intended effect of the play. I would mention the many sea gulls who flew overhead on cue, and the lone blue heron who graced the sky during intermission. I would mention the huge crowd of all ages, whose attention was held by the warm antics on stage, even after the chilly darkness began to descend. This production is no stumble. It shines. I encourage readers to see for themselves. They won’t regret it.
Shakespeare in Delaware Park is pleased to announce its 35th anniversary season of free, professional outdoor theater. The summer’s exciting season will open June 17th with one of Shakespeare’s most delightful romantic comedies, Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by Saul Elkin, this production will be set in the 1940′s after World War II and include popular romantic music of the era sung by a chorus of singers with on-stage accompaniment. John Fredo and Lisa Ludwig take on the roles of Benedict and Beatrice along with local favorites Norm Sham, Tim Newell and Tom Loughlin. After the fun romp of Much Ado, SDP will venture down a path of relentless murder, self delusion and guilt, as an all female cast presents the retelling of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth. Opening July 22nd, Eileen Dugan directs this all-star ensemble, including two actresses returning to their home town to appear on the Delaware Park stage. Kate Konigisor and Josie DiVincenzo, playing Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, will be joined by the talents of Katie White, Lisa Vitrano and Pam Mangus.
Shakespeare in Delaware Park reaches over 40,000 audience members each season and is proud to be celebrating 35 amazing years of high-quality professional theatre that remains FREE to the public. Much Ado About Nothing runs June 17th – July 11th with Macbeth on stage July 22nd –August 15th. Performances are held every evening (except Mondays) at 7:30 p.m. (no performances June 18th and July 4th). Shows take place on Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park, next to Hoyt Lake behind the Rose Garden, off Lincoln Parkway near the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Further information may be obtained at www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org or by calling (716) 856-4533.
2010 Season Sponsors include M&T Bank, Erie County, New York State Council on the Arts, WGRZ Channel 2, The Buffalo News, Rich Renaissance Catering, Brodo, WBFO and CPI. Additional funding comes from members, donors and audience donations.
Interviews for SHAKESPEARIENCE, (Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s high school apprenticeship program) are scheduled to be held on:
Saturday, May 1st from 11 AM to 2 PM
Session I : MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING will run from: June 12 to July 11
Session II : MACBETH (all female cast) will run from: July 17 to August 15
This season’s productions are:
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – directed by Saul Elkin June 17– July 11
MACBETH (all female cast) – directed by Eileen Dugan July 22 – August 15
Open to area high school students, this program is designed to provide in-depth theatrical experience with theatre professionals. Each session runs for five weeks, beginning the week prior to regularly scheduled performances. Applicants will be required to participate in an enrollment interview. In addition to attending theatre classes, students gain hands-on experience in a professional production as part of SDP technical crew and will perform on stage in a special student performance during the season. Tuition is $375.00 per five-week session.
Scholarships are available.
APPLICANTS MUST CALL FOR AN INTERVIEW APPOINTMENT. NO INTERVIEWS WILL BE CONDUCTED ON A WALK IN BASIS.
For an appointment or further information call 856-4533.
Auditions for Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s 35th season will be held on February 13th, 14th, and 15th
Saturday, February 13th
9am to 2pm
Sunday, February 14th
10am to 2pm
CALL BACKS – Much Ado About Nothing
Monday, February 15th
5pm to 9pm
CALL BACKS – Macbeth (all female cast)
Auditions will be held at The Market Arcade Building – 617 Main Street Buffalo 14203 (note: this is NOT the Market Arcade Movie Complex)
OPEN CALL AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Everyone interested in being considered for the 2010 season must make an audition appointment. To arrange an appointment, please call (716) 856-4533, on or after February 1st (no audition appointments will be accepted before February 1st). Leave your name, phone number, date and approximate time you wish to audition. You will be called back with a confirmation of your audition time.
2010 Season productions include:
Much Ado About Nothing
June 17th through July 11th
Directed by Saul Elkin
Macbeth (all female cast)
July 22nd through August 15th
Directed by Eileen Dugan
Actors should prepare one memorized, Shakespearean monologue, not to exceed 2 minutes (you may be asked to sing a 1930′s or 40′s standard acapella). If you have played a “principal role” for Shakespeare in Delaware Park in the past you may not need to prepare a monologue, just call for information regarding a call back audition appointment. All Actors are requested to bring a resume/career bio and a head shot to the audition.
Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth (with an all-female cast)
Shakespeare in Delaware Park is excited to reveal plans for its 35th season in 2010. Although the current schedule of performances is still underway, with Antony, Cassius and Brutus plotting Caesar’s demise every Tues – Sun through August 16th, the company’s Artistic Director, Saul Elkin, has announced that “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Macbeth” have been chosen to mark the special anniversary next summer.
“Our 35th season will be a time of both looking back and looking forward”, stated Dr. Elkin. In the past, productions made frequent use of contemporary music and choreography and modern settings. According to Dr. Elkin, next summer’s “Much Ado About Nothing” will be performed in a 20th Century setting and employ a chorus of singers who, like a Greek chorus, will comment on the action.
As for “looking forward”, think gender bending. Shakespeare wrote principally for men with a few notable female exceptions. “In three decades of our festival, hundreds of excellent actresses auditioned for whom there were no roles. To honor the great pool of actresses in Western New York, we will present AN ALL FEMALE CAST for ‘Macbeth’”, Dr. Elkin said.
“Much Ado About Nothing” will run June 17th – July 11th 2010, and “Macbeth” plays from July 22nd to August 15th