BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Here’s your chance to step into the world of William Shakespeare.
For the first time, Shakespeare in Delaware Park will be offering summer classes for adults.
Veteran Shakespeare actor and director Eileen Dugan will lead two nights of classes for adults 18 and over on Mondays, culminating with a class performance on the Shakespeare stage in Delaware Park before an evening performance. No previous experience is required.
Two sessions of classes will take place. Session One will be held on June 23rd and 30th from 6 to 8 p.m. leading up to the July 2nd performance of Henry V. Session Two classes will take place on July 28th and August 4th. Students will perform August 8th before a production of The Comedy of Errors.
Tuition for both sessions is $200. For more information, call 856-4533.
Shakespeare in Delaware Park is a not-for-profit, professional theatre company that has been entertaining summer audiences in Western New York since 1976. It is the second largest outdoor Shakespeare festival in the country, behind only New York City.
This year’s schedule features Henry V from June 19th to July 13th, and The Comedy of Errors from July 24th to August 17th. Performances take place Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m., weather permitting.
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Contact: Lisa Ludwig or Tracy Snyder, 856-4533
Shakespeare in Delaware Park Announces ShakesperIENCED!!
Summer Shakespeare Classes for ADULTS
This summer, for the first time, Shakespeare in Delaware Park will be offering classes to adults! If you have ever had the itch to” trod the boards”, have fond memories of acting in school or community shows, ever had a curiosity about what actors do, or how Shakespeare works—-this is for you! One of our Shakespeare veterans, Eileen Dugan (actor/ director and educator), will be holding classes this summer, and adults 18 and over. There will be two nights of classes on Mondays, culminating with a class performance on the Shakespeare stage before an evening’s Shakespeare In the Park performance. No previous experience is required. Class size is limited, so sign up soon—this is your chance to BE or not to be—-on the Shakespeare in Delaware Park stage!
Session 1: during the SDP production of HENRY V
Monday June 23 6-8 (class)
Monday June 30 6-8 (class)
Wednesday July 2 5:30-7:30 (performance)
Session 2: during the SDP production of COMEDY OF ERRORS
Monday July 28 6-8 (class)
Monday Aug 4 6-8 (class)
Friday Aug 8 5:30-7:30 (performance)
TUITION: $200 (includes classes / performance and an SDP T-shirt
Call 856-4533 (by May 23rd) for more details and to apply for this one of a kind experience.
Cast and crew members of Shakespeare in Delaware Park celebrated the writer’s 450th birthday Wednesday. The group read excerpts of the William Shakespeare’s sonnets, monologues and plays all day in honor of his legacy.
Managing Director of Shakespeare in Delaware Park Lisa Ludwig says their mission is to keep Shakespeare’s works alive for years to come.
“People are really daunted by reading Shakespeare, but the thing about Shakespeare is, it’s meant to be seen and heard. I think that’s my passion about Shakespeare in Delaware Park is people of all demographics can come and see it for free. It’s sometimes their first experience to go, ‘Oh now I get it’. I think there’s something for everyone in each one and I think it’s important for everyone to see Shakespeare and not be daunted by reading the text,” said Ludwig.
Shakespeare in Delaware Park founder Saul Elkin says in order for people capture the essence of Shakespeare’s work, they have to see it performed.
“The plays have survived for 450 years. They speak to us every bit as clearly as they spoke to his audience all those years ago,” Elkin said. “The evidence is that when you go to the park and see the plays we perform there, frequently there and children and young people, people who have had no experience with Shakespeare, who understand fully what is going on.”
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, along with other local lawmakers and leaders, stopped by the celebration to read a passage written by Shakespeare. Poloncarz says the themes in Shakespeare’s works are still relevant today.
“Maybe we’re not dealing with kings and queens, but we do deal with love, loss, and we deal with power grabs by politicians and alike. So, the things that happened in Shakespeare times aren’t really different from where we are today. We may be a lot more technologically advanced, but we still have the same issues. I think it’s important for young people to see that and to learn from it, that what you can read from Shakespeare you can learn a lot about human nature and what’s right and what’s wrong,” said Poloncarz.
Poloncarz says it’s crucial to continue to support Shakespeare in Delaware Park. He says he believes the free theatrical productions are one of the county’s greatest assets.
Shakespeare in Delaware Park reaches over 40,000 people each season. The line-up for its 39th season of free shows was also announced during the event. Henry V will begin running on June 19- July 13 and The Comedy of Errors will be on stage starting on July 23-August 16.
SHAKESPEARE IN DELAWARE PARK ANNOUNCES
450th Birthday Celebration for WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Wednesday April 23rd from 8am to 8pm
617 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14203
April 14, 2014, Buffalo, NY … Shakespeare in Delaware Park invites you to help celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday on Wednesday April 23rd. Join us as we honor the man who is widely considered the greatest writer of all time with a day full of Shakespearean readings by local actors and fans of the Bard. From 8am to 8pm on April 23 guests can stop by 617 Main Street (Market Arcade Building) and be treated to readings of Sonnets and Monologues made famous by the man himself while indulging in birthday sweets. What a perfect way to celebrate the importance of William Shakespeare while helping SDP gear up for their 39thseason of Free Shakespeare.
Shakespeare in Delaware Park reaches over 40,000 audience members each season and is proud to be celebrating 39 incredible years of high-quality professional theatre, which remains FREE for the public to enjoy. HENRY V runs June 19th – July 13th with COMEDY OF ERRORS on stage July 23rd –August 16th. 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.