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TSC’s Schools Tour Hits the Road Near and Far with New Play: Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits

(October 23, 2012) – Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s expanding Education Program this week launches its 2012-13 Schools Tour throughout the Memphis area, across the state, and into North Carolina with its newly conceived production of Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits.

Created and directed by TSC Education Director Stephanie Shine, Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits is a fast-paced and surprising tour through the playwright’s most famous and exciting plays, scenes, characters, and self-created words that we speak every day.

 

The piece is adaptable both to physical school spaces and student age ranges, playing to young audiences from third grade through twelfth grade in school classrooms, cafeterias, and theatres.

The tour is taking school bookings now through mid-April 2013, and is made possible by individual contributions to TSC’s Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund. More than 1,300 students in Tennessee and North Carolina currently are booked to experience the tour, which also includes a post-show actor talkback and options for additional playshops with the students.

“Greatest Hits engages and applauds its audience by illuminating the phrases, words, stories, characters, and feelings that we all know and that connect us, thanks to Shakespeare,” says Shine.  “It is both exciting and empowering for people of all ages to realize how much Shakespeare they know and how much Shakespeare they quote every day.  It brings us closer to each other in a shared experience and motivates us to learn more.  And we have fun together in the process!”

The play features scenes and speeches from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Henry VI part 1, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Richard III, The Merchant of Venice, and the Sonnets.

Actors Amelia Hammond and Trevor Pittinger, who take on more than 20 roles between them in the show, are professional actor-teachers from Washington, D.C. and New York City working in TSC’s inaugural Journeyman Program. Amelia has been seen in TSC’s productions of The Tempest and Complete Works, and both actors will perform in the upcoming It’s a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play at the Dixon Gallery in December.

To book your school tour experience and to get more information, administrators and parents may call TSC Education Manager Slade Kyle at 901-759-0620 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

About TSC’s Education Program

The mission of Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s Education program is to move the arts closer to the center of every child’s learning experience. This is achieved through TSC’s student matinees, accompanying study guides, and actor talk-backs; interactive playshops; touring productions; summer camps; residencies; Free Will Kids’ Nights; High School Prelude Scenes; and active participation in theatre and education conferences.

Since 2007, TSC has achieved 100,000 student/Shakespeare interactions through these activities. These interactions represent 70 Memphis City, Shelby County, Home, and Charter schools and schools in Mississippi and Washington. In FY12, TSC engaged 46 Memphis-area schools in its professional, classical education programming. Students under 19 years of age also made up over one-half of TSC’s patrons this past year.

TSC’s program sponsors and partners include the Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund, FedEx Corporation, the Dunbar Abston Fund for Sustainable Excellence, Nancy and Dan Copp, Margaret and Dr. Owen B. Tabor and family, Jack and Sandra Jones, Milton T. Schaeffer, Audrey L. Taylor (d. 2012), City of Germantown, Germantown Performing Arts Centre, and Commercial Appeal Media.

 

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The National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest Award Tennessee Shakespeare Company with Prestigious Shakespeare in American Communities Grant for Second Year

(Memphis, TN; July 7, 2014) –  Arts Midwest has announced that Tennessee Shakespeare Company is one of just 40 theatre companies in the United States to receive its prestigious Shakespeare in American Communities grant for TSC's innovative Romeo and Juliet Project. This is the second consecutive year TSC has been awarded the grant as the youngest organization of the 40 theatres selected.

The grant is for $25,000, which TSC must match through private donations.

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Richard III

pic-poster-richard-IIIthe tragedy by William Shakespeare

directed by David Demke
and featuring Dan McCleary

GPAC/Duncan-Williams Performance Hall

October 30, 31, and November 1, 2014
at 7:00 pm

Sponsored by Ann and Wellford Tabor

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 “I shall despair.  There is no creature loves me,
And if I die, no soul will pity me.”

Only THREE special Halloween performances!

TSC’s production of William Shakespeare’s early Morality Play raises history from the dead to put the notorious King Richard III on trial before you and the spirit world.  

Unearthed from a buried Friary just two years ago in Leicester, England, the painfully deformed 1485 skeleton of Richard now is brought to frightening life in a cadaver synod during which his murderous actions to the throne are reconsidered during the reverence of All Hallow’s Eve.  A soul still wandering between this life and the next, history’s notorious “bottled spider” has much more he would like for you to consider before passing final judgment on his actions that gained him the throne but have haunted him ever since.

David Demke (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) returns to TSC to direct the production with a stellar cast of eight actors, including the return of Caley Milliken, (TSC’s Ariel, Marc Antony, Lady Capulet, and Peaseblossom), Paul Kiernan (TSC’s Petruchio), Johnny Lee Davenport (TSC’s Prospero, Oberon, and Othello), and Artistic Director Dan McCleary as the “bunch-back’d toad.”

The creative team includes costumer Bruce Bui (Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet), lighting designer Jeremy Fisher (Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Unto the Breach), and scenic designer Brian Ruggaber (University of Memphis, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey).

Free Will Kids’ Night is in effect for all performances: Children 17 years and younger will be admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian.  Limit: four children per guardian.  Seating is general admission.

 

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Children 17 years and younger are admitted FREE at all Thursday night performances when accompanied by a paying guardian.  Limit four per guardian.  Made possible by the Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company is generously supported by:

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University of Memphis

International Paper
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Theatrical Rights Worldwide
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First Tenneessee Foundation


Season Sponsors:
Arts Memphis, Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund, Nancy and Dan Copp, FedEx Corporation, Independent Bank, Ernest and Pat Kelly, Jr., National Endowment for the Arts/Arts Midwest, Milton T. Schaeffer, The Family of Margaret and Owen Tabor, Ann and Wellford Tabor, and Tennessee Arts Commission.

Season Partners:
Boyle Investment Company, The Commercial Appeal, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Theatrical Rights Worldwide,
and The University of Memphis.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company is a proud member of:
Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence       ArtsMemphis    logo-gacc          Tennesseans for the Arts     Tennessee Theatre Association