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January 12, 2015
Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Inc. Announces 2015 Season Auditions
Auditions for Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s 40th season will be held on
February 14, 15, and 16
Saturday February 14th 9am to 2pm OPEN CALL
Sunday February 15th 9am to 1pm CALL BACKS
Monday February 16th 5pm to 9pm CALL BACKS
Auditions will be held at The Market Arcade Building –617 Main Street Buffalo 14203 (this is NOT the Market Arcade “Movie” Complex)
OPEN CALL AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Everyone interested in being considered for the 2015 season must make an audition appointment. To arrange an appointment, please call (716) 856-4533, on or after February 2nd (NO audition appointments will be accepted before February 2nd).
This year’s productions include:
ROMEO AND JULIET –June 18th through July 13th –Directed by Tom Loughlin
Actors should prepare one memorized, Shakespearean monologue, not to exceed 2 minutes. If you have played a “principal role” for Shakespeare in Delaware Park in the past you do not need to prepare a monologue, you may call to see if you are needed for a call back audition appointment. All Actors are requested to bring a resume/career bio and a head shot to the audition. Please note the roles of The Friar, Viola and Toby Belch have been cast. ALL other roles are open
Interviews for SHAKESPEARIENCE, (Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s high school apprentice program) are scheduled to be held on: April 25th from 11-2pm
CALL 856-4533 by April 17th for an appointment
Session I : ROMEO and JULIET will run from: June 13 to July 12
Session II : TWELFTH NIGHT will run from: July 18 to August 16
This season’s productions are:
ROMEO AND JULIET directed by Tom Loughlin- June 18– July 12
12th NIGHT (all male cast) directed by Steve Vaughan- July 24 – August 17
SHAKESPEARIENCE is 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 SDP performances. In addition to attending theatre classes (Tuesday-Friday 1:30-4:30) students will gain hands-on experience in an SDP professional production as part of the technical crew and will perform on the main stage (the final Friday of the session) in a student performance, preshow to the SDP season production. Applicants will be required to participate in an enrollment interview and prepare a short Shakespeare Monologue/ Sonnet.
Tuition is $400 per five-week session. Scholarships are available.
APPLICANTS MUST CALL FOR AN INTERVIEW APPOINTMENT AND PREPARE A SHORT SHAKESPEARE MONOLOGUE OR SONNET. NO INTERVIEWS WILL BE CONDUCTED ON A WALK IN BASIS.
For an appointment or further information call 856-4533.
“It’s probably the biggest production I’ve ever been a part of,” Randall said. “This is just unbelievable in the level of performers in it. We’ve got everything from Equity (union) actors all the way down to apprentices that are in high school. It’s just a really neat experience.”
Randall said working with a large cast – more than 20 people – was initially a strange experience after decades of performing solo roles.
“It was kind of weird. I’m used to just counting on myself – when you’re on stage alone, you’re not really taking cues from anyone else, but you have to take cues from yourself,” he said. “But I think there’s a lot more discipline involved when you’re working with a number of people, and there’s only so much that you can do with your part. You have to listen intently, even after it becomes second nature and you become really comfortable in your part and in the show, you still really have to focus.”
Randall is currently working a reduced, 32 hours-a-week schedule for Channel 7. He called Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s Managing Director, Lisa Ludwig, for information about Theater Alliance of Buffalo auditions, and she suggested trying out for “Comedy of Errors.” His audition is where he first got a taste of the nontraditional style director Steve Vaughan was planning for the show.
“I auditioned with an English accent, and they looked at me like ‘what the heck is he doing?’ ” Randall recalled with a laugh. “They said, ‘We’re not doing, like, literary … can you do a New York accent?’ ”
Randall said he “couldn’t make hide nor hair” of the comedy when he first read it, but that like many of Shakespeare’s works, seeing it performed makes it much more accessible.
“That, I think is the key with Shakespeare in general,” he said. “I think that’s what really brings these things to life: when people infuse it with real-life emotion, vocal cadence, rhythm.”
He also said the show gains appeal for both young and old from Vaughan’s unique take on it, which includes vividly colored costumes, plenty of musical accents and a “steampunk” theme, along with a lack of distinct time period.
“It really appeals to people … who say ‘Eh, I’ve never really gone, I’m not into Shakespeare.’ You’re not into Shakespeare because you’ve probably never seen it performed by people who really do it well,” Randall said. “It’s a very entertaining show … There is a lot of music, a lot of sight gags, a lot of running around – the hill, it’s almost like a party every night. People are really into it – lots of laughs, lots of applause.”
Shakespeare in Delaware Park continues with free performances at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 18 at Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park, ” next to Hoyt Lake off Lincoln Parkway.
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August 11, 2014
Shakespeare in Delaware Park Announces:
Shakesperience Production August 15th
SHAKESPEARIENCE, (Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s high school apprenticeship program) will be holding their annual student performance on Friday August 15th at 6:30pm, prior to Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s main stage production of The COMEDY OF ERRORS.
Witness as the Shakesperience students take on 7 of Shakespeare’s beloved characters and match wit for wiles, lose dogs in cat fights and blend reality with delusion in a knock down, drag out Shakespearian Mash-Up where nothing is as it seems.
The Shakesperience Program is open to area high school students and is designed to provide in-depth theatrical experience with theatre professionals. Each session runs for five weeks, beginning the week prior to regularly scheduled professional Shakespeare in Delaware Park performances. In addition to attending classes, students gain hands-on experience in a professional production as ensemble members and part of SDP technical crew.
All performances are free of charge.
Shakespeare in Delaware Park performances are held every evening (except Mondays) at 7:30 p.m. 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.
Armed with lawn chairs, blankets, bug spray and – in some instances – feasts fit for a Shakespearian king, more than 40,000 people gather on a hill near Hoyt Lake each summer.
It’s not called Shakespeare Hill for nothing.
Shakespeare in Delaware Park is one of the oldest and largest free Shakespeare festivals in the country. The Buffalo News’ Brian Meyer met with founder Saul Elkin to talk about the popular summer ritual, which continues through Aug. 17 with a unique production of “The Comedy of Errors” that is staged with modern elements borrowed from several “alternative worlds.”
Here is a summary of some of the topics covered in an interview that is part of the “In Focus” series. Watch the full 6-minute interview at BuffaloNews.com/video.
Brian Meyer: How has this festival changed since its debut in 1976?
Saul Elkin: We were a very tiny, little festival in 1976, with a stage that is about a third the size of the stage that you can see behind me. Three standing microphones in front of the stage, where as now, all of our actors are equipped with body mics. …
Meyer: Your longevity is very impressive. You’re the second-oldest free Shakespeare festival in the country. You’re one of the largest. Has that length and stature made it easier to navigate what many have called the annual hustle for money?
Elkin: It’s helped a little bit. I think we’ve become something that this community expects to see every summer. Because they expect to see it, they’re helpful and they’re generous. And the generosity extends year-round. … The hustle as you say goes on constantly. Local businesses, banks – M&T Bank especially – have been very, very generous to us. It helps, I think. The older we get, the more established we are in the community, it becomes a part of people’s giving. …
Meyer: But let’s be candid. There are a lot of people who hear the word Shakespeare and think “boring.” How do you deal with that?
Elkin: Shakespeare is meant to be performed as well as read. What happens in the schools is that it’s read, and it’s read slowly. And that’s tough on a ninth- and 10th-grader. We have lots of young people out here to the park who stick with it and love it and come back. We have developed Shakespeare fans. What happens is that when it’s live, it’s very real. The emotions are real. One of the reasons why Shakespeare has survived for 450 years is that he’s dealing with human interaction that we recognize – love and hate and anxiety and all of those feelings that we recognize. And when we see them on the stage, the difficulty of the language sort of is to one side, I think.
Meyer: And you take these emotions, these common emotions, and you try to make them almost mirrors of the times in many of your productions. You do some creative reimaginings. You take them into different eras with costumes and music. Do you have any favorite re-creations?
Elkin: We’ve done a variety of those, and the point is not so much to rewrite Shakespeare, but to create a moment of relevance – a moment of immediacy. This is not to say that Shakespeare done in a traditional style is not also immediate and relevant. We did a space age “Tempest” years ago, which I liked. Early on in the festival, we did a very rock ’n’ roll “Hamlet,” which was a favorite of mine. … I think those are a way of bringing Shakespeare into the 21st century.
Meyer: Let’s do reimagining here. What do you think the Bard would say if he suddenly materialized here on the hill at Delaware Park and saw one of these productions?
Elkin: When these plays were written, they were very forward-thinking. We live in an age now of electronic devices. I think Shakespeare would have been using one. They might have appeared in his plays. I think he would have liked what we do here.
Buffalo News, on July 28, 2014 – 6:00 PM