BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)
There are dozens of free activities happening this summer around Western New York. News 4’s Teresa Weakley sat down with President and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara, Patrick Kaler, to discuss the top free events for families in WNY. From festivals to concerts, there are a lot of events to take advantage of this season. Here are the tops picks from Visit Buffalo Niagara:
- 58th annual Allentown Art Festival – June 13th and 14th
- Garden Walk Buffalo – July 25th and 26th
- Shakespeare in Delaware Park – Tuesdays – Sundays at 7:30 PM. The two productions will be Romeo & Juliet (June 18 – July 12) and Twelfth Night (July 23 – August 16)
- Fridays at Museums (Get into a different Buffalo museum of free each Friday) – First Friday at the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Second Fridays at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Third Fridays at the Buffalo History Museum and Fourth Fridays at the Buffalo Arts Studio.
SHAKESPEARE IN DELAWARE PARK ANNOUNCES
The 21st Annual Fabulous Feast and Auction
The Capulet Ball
Saturday March 28th 2015
March 2015- Buffalo, NY…Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Shakespeare in Delaware Parks, The 21st Annual Fabulous Feast and Auction is only 3 weeks away! Indulge in a scrumptious 5 course meal of delicious food and cocktails. This year we theme our Feast: THE CAPULET BALL in honor of this summer’s 40th Anniversary season production of ROMEO AND JULIET. The Fabulous Feast is a one of a kind event that will take place March 28th from 6 to 10:30pm at Buffalo’s own medieval castle, the Connecticut Street Armory. Join in on the fun where you’ll mingle with the Capulets and Montagues along with a whole array of Shakespearean characters. Partake in games of “Elizabethan Chance”, have your picture taken in the royal photo booth in your finest apparel (we’ll even supply the crowns!). Be amazed by all the entertainment that will surround you: music by the Royall Consort, dancers, jugglers, sword fights and much much more! And whatever you do-don’t miss out on the 3 royal auctions, silent, ticket and live with splendiferous items to bid on as comedian Rob Lederman serves as your guest auctioneer.
Come one, come all and help support Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s 40th Season of FREE Shakespeare. Tickets are $80/$150 per couple for SDP members, $100/$180 per couple for nonmembers (ticket price includes all food, drink and entertainment)
Sponsorship tables are available.
Shakespearean attire is encouraged but not required. Get your tickets now by calling 856-4533 or visit the website at www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/shakespeareindelawarepark. RSVP cut off date is Friday March 20th.
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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.