Shakespeare Street Theatre

... coming to a street corner near you

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

On June 25th, Shakespeare Street Theatre performed "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Cobourg Highland Games. Paula Worley and her young troupe are fabulous! Keep your eyes open for them ... on the Streets! More photos at www.snapnorthumberlandwest.com

 

 

 

 

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare Street Theatre presented their wonderful performance of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. Abridged from the original play it included traditional songs, dances, live music, complete with authentic handmade masks and costumes! Admission was by donation only with all funds raised to cover the cost of this not-for-profit theatre group. Shakespeare Street Theatre welcomes performers of all ages and skills to volunteer and participate, and encourage people to audition and join.

Photos by Jake Walling

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Northumberland News   

For the love of the Bard                                                                       Cobourg drama teacher shares her love of Shakespeare
Jul 11, 2011 - 04:30 AM

Jeanne Beneteau

COBOURG -- A Cobourg drama teacher is aiming to return the plays and works of William Shakespeare back to the streets where she says they belong.

The Shakespeare Street Theatre, based out of Cobourg, is the brainchild of Paula Worley, who teaches drama at Cobourg's Premiere Dance and Theatre Arts Academy. Ms. Worley founded the troupe in 2009 with two goals in mind: to take traditional Shakespearean street theatre to the people, and give volunteer actors a chance to perform some of the Bard's greatest works in a traditional on-the-street setting. This year's cast boasts 18 actors and crew members who are performing an abridged version of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', she said.

"Performers range from children (the youngest is eight), teenagers to older adults," she said. "We have three experienced actors who have never performed Shakespeare, those who have some amateur theatre experience to total novices. Everyone is welcome."

Ms. Worley added she always holds auditions for aspiring troupe members but stressed the audition is not meant to be a screening process.

"I'm simply looking for the best fit," she said. "If people come out, I will find them a part."

Ms. Worley, 43, was born and raised in England and has been a Shakespeare aficionado since her childhood. She holds a degree in theatre arts as well as a diploma in theatre education and has spent 25 years in the theatre field. She takes the Bard's original text and creates an abridged version of the play, running less than an hour in the case of this year's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' presentation, which also incorporates original 16th century songs.

The drama teacher also creates all of the costumes and scenery. For the current production, there are both hand-held and full masks for the fairies, she explained.

Since the theatre group's inception, it has performed at numerous area events including the Cobourg Buskers Festival, the Cobourg 42nd Downtown Sidewalk Sale, Port Hope Festival, the Millbrook Scarecrow Festival and Peterborough Buskerfest. Its next performance is slated for this weekend, Saturday, July 16, when it brings 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' to the display room at Peterborough's Millennium Park (next to the Silver Bean Cafe) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation only, she said.

This fall, Ms. Worley hopes to take the not-for-profit thespian group into area schools, retirement homes and coffee shops.

"I want to encourage people of all ages to experience the works of Shakespeare in an enjoyable way," she concluded.

For more information about the Shakespeare Street Theatre, call Paula Worley at 905-377-8914 or visit http://www.shakespearestreettheatre.com/.

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KAREN LONGWELL / NORTHUMBERLAND NEWS
COBOURG -- R.L. Stephenson-Read, left, and Paula Worley, director and founder of the Shakespeare Street Theatre, run through a dramatic scene at Ms. Worley's home on July 4, 2011.
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ArtsView: Shakespeare Street Theatre… coming to a street corner near you

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Simply there is no greater world renowned playwright than William Shakespeare. His works echo throughout time resonating memories of high-school curriculum or silver screen movies of a bygone era with actors polished and articulate. It is undisputed that Shakespeare’s style set a precedent for writers throughout the centuries and has heavily influenced modern day language, but in turn has developed the negative reputation for being boring.

The goal of Shakespeare Street Theatre however is quite different. Nestled amongst the artistic community of Northumberland County, SST takes the unorthodox approach or mixing professional actors, children, college students, and senior am drams bringing a melting pot of performers rarely seen in the voluntary fringe theatre circuit. Paula Worley, the founder of SST, only wished to make Shakespeare accessible to anyone who wanted to act, and today entering in to her third year since starting SST she has finally started to get the word further out onto the streets, “Shakespeare is fun!”. SST simply wants to get people out there on the street enjoying Shakespeare in its traditional raw style, as it was meant to be performed. Using handmade Elizabethan style masks, costumes and scenery, SST offer their own unique style to every production, including original 16th century songs, music and dances, stage fighting and fencing!

Shakespeare Street Theatre is a not-for-profit theatre group and made possible only by the wonderful performers that volunteer their time. Every year SST runs auditions to give anyone the opportunity to join and perform regardless of skills or experience! Auditions this year will be held from 11am-1pm on 20th March and 10th April at Premiere Dance &Theatre Arts Academy, Ontario St, Cobourg. For anyone interested please see the Shakespeare Street Theatre website for full audition details or contact Paula directly. Craft makers are also welcome to join to contribute their skills as scenery, costume and mask makers.

www.shakespearestreettheatre.webs.com
[email protected]
1 (905) 377 8914

SNAP Northumberland West 

Shakespeare Street Theatre Auditions!

Shakespeare Street Theatre is preparing for their 3rd season of fun and exciting performances with their annual auditions!

Already booked for 3 performances this summer, this wonderful drama group grows every year with contributions from their volunteer performers and crew. Located amongst the artistic community of Cobourg, Shakespeare Street Theatre presents plays during the summer festival season and sonnet readings during the wintertime, attracting a crowd wherever they go. SNAP made it to the March audition! If you wish to be involved, the next date for auditions will be 10th April at Premiere Dance & Theatre Academy, Cobourg, or contact Paula Worley direct for further details. 905 377 8914

    

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Northumberland Today

Summer with Shakespeare could be a good time

By CECILIA NASMITH, NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY

March 17 2011   Updated 19 hours ago

CECILIA NASMITH Northumberland Today Cobourg resident Paula Worley, seen with her 12-year-old son Angus (left) and 19-year-old drama student Rachel Mrachtiv (right), has announced auditions for Shakespeare Street Theatre 2011.

COBOURG -- If a theatrical production involves donkey masks, costumes and fencing, you know it's going to be a hoot. Such is Shakespeare, Cobourg resident Paula Worley declared.
  
In fact, the goal of her two-year-old Shakespeare Street Theatre is to showcase the talents of local thespians to spread the word that Shakespeare is fun.
   
The idea of street theatre is not widely known, but she hopes to change that. Her motto is "Coming to a street corner near you."

With three summer gigs planned (and, she is hoping, more yet to be arranged), Worley has announced auditions for the 2011 company March 20 and April 10 at Premiere Dance & Theatre Arts Academy on Ontario Street.

All ages are welcome, she stressed.

 "I have always loved Shakespeare. I taught drama and ran little play groups back in England. Then, a few years ago, I thought, 'I want to try to convince people that Shakespeare isn't dull and boring.'"

Inspired by the Driftwood Theatre group that tours Ontario with a different al fresco Shakespeare production each year, Worley started her own group in 2009. She has worked on building it each year with new members and new gigs.

It was a troupe of eight young people last year, with two crew helpers.

"And I borrow my husband -- he has no choice," she added.

The age range was perhaps eight to 39, and the mix included two professional adult actors, a university student, two high school students and a young fencer. This year, ideally, she'd like to see a troupe of 10 with (she hopes) some senior members.

The more of a mix she has, the more she can tailor productions and casting. Once she has her 2011 troupe lined up, she will figure out how to spotlight their talents in which plays and scenes.

Another great aspect of spending the summer doing Shakespeare, she added, is that it is free. With the support of the Victorian Operetta Society (for whom she paints scenery) with props and scenery and the help of the Premiere Academy (where she teaches a drama class) in providing the audition hall, she keeps her costs low.

She also employs considerable ingenuity in creating anything else that is needed (she terms herself a craftist).

The result is a summer pursuit anyone can afford, an important consideration for Worley, because the study of drama can be very expensive.

"It's fresh, it's fun and it's not a huge commitment. Let's make Shakespeare fun again!" she said.

Audition times are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit http://shakespearestreettheatre. webs.com/auditioninformation.htm .

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ArtsView: Shakespeare Street Theatre… coming to a street corner near you

Contributed by admin on Mar 09, 2011 - 10:46 PM

Picture 0 for Shakespeare Street Theatre… coming to a street corner near you
Simply there is no greater world renowned playwright than William Shakespeare. His works echo throughout time resonating memories of high-school curriculum or silver screen movies of a bygone era with actors polished and articulate. It is undisputed that Shakespeare’s style set a precedent for writers throughout the centuries and has heavily influenced modern day language, but in turn has developed the negative reputation for being boring.

The goal of Shakespeare Street Theatre however is quite different. Nestled amongst the artistic community of Northumberland County, SST takes the unorthodox approach or mixing professional actors, children, college students, and senior am drams bringing a melting pot of performers rarely seen in the voluntary fringe theatre circuit. Paula Worley, the founder of SST, only wished to make Shakespeare accessible to anyone who wanted to act, and today entering in to her third year since starting SST she has finally started to get the word further out onto the streets, “Shakespeare is fun!”. SST simply wants to get people out there on the street enjoying Shakespeare in its traditional raw style, as it was meant to be performed. Using handmade Elizabethan style masks, costumes and scenery, SST offer their own unique style to every production, including original 16th century songs, music and dances, stage fighting and fencing!

Shakespeare Street Theatre is a not-for-profit theatre group and made possible only by the wonderful performers that volunteer their time. Every year SST runs auditions to give anyone the opportunity to join and perform regardless of skills or experience! Auditions this year will be held from 11am-1pm on 20th March and 10th April at Premiere Dance &Theatre Arts Academy, Ontario St, Cobourg. For anyone interested please see the Shakespeare Street Theatre website for full audition details or contact Paula directly. Craft makers are also welcome to join to contribute their skills as scenery, costume and mask makers.

www.shakespearestreettheatre.webs.com
[email protected]
1 (905) 377 8914