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  • The Sixth Annual Valentine's Gala

    starring 3-time Tony Award Nominee
    Rebecca Luker


    February 14 at 6pm at GPAC
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Fourth Annual Summer Shakespeare Camps offered in Germantown by TSC

Germantown, Tenn. (May 1, 2013) – Tennessee Shakespeare Company, the Mid-South's professional, classical theatre and education organization, is offering two unique, immersive Shakespeare Play Camps to be held at the Poplar Pike Playhouse at Germantown High School this June.

Camps are open to students entering Grades 6-12.

These fun one- and two-week Camps offer participants the opportunity to train alongside TSC's professional actor-teachers, build upon essential acting techniques, and take personal ownership of Shakespeare's text.

"For children new to Shakespeare, you couldn't ask for a better introduction," promises Education Director, Stephanie Shine. "Meeting these plays as a player of Shakespeare makes them immediate, accessible, and most of all fun. After the TSC camp experience, a student will eagerly greet Shakespeare like a good friend when they meet him again in a traditional classroom."

Playing, training, and rehearsing just like TSC actors, participants are led through sessions in Stage Combat, Text Work, Scene Play, Voice Work, Stage Movement, and Elizabethan Dance. Both Summer Play Camps are performance-based, and culminate in a public sharing of soliloquies, scenes, combat, and dance.

"Young people will develop language to articulate their feelings, gain greater empathy and compassion, and master skills that will propel them through their personal and professional futures," says teacher Slade Kyle, who has taught in the Camps each of the last three years.

Through TSC's Camps, participants gain a deeper understanding of collaboration, a greater awareness of themselves, and enhanced confidence.

Previous Camps sold to full capacity and were met with great response:

"A mind-blowing experience." - Houston High School student

"It was perfect!" - 12-year-old participant

"Interactive, exciting – Fantastic!" - Germantown High School participant

 

The Play's the Thing: One Week - Focus: Twelfth Night

Dates: June 10-14, Monday–Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Cost: $250 (Holiday Ham lunches available for an additional $7/day).

Participants: Students entering Grades 6-12, with any level of theatrical experience.

 

Young Players Training Intensive: Two Weeks

Dates: June 17 – 28, Monday–Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Cost: $500 (Holiday Ham lunches available for an additional $7/day).

Participants: Students entering Grades 6-12, with some theatrical experience.

 

Applications and more information are available online at www.tnshakespeare.org under "Education: Summer Camps," or contact Education Manager Slade Kyle at (901) 759-0604 or [email protected] for more details.

 

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Broadway's most glorious soprano Rebecca Luker to Headline Sixth Annual Valentine's Gala for Education

(December 4, 2014) -- We are thrilled to announce that three-time Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker will headline TSC's Sixth Annual Valentine's Gala performed at Germantown Performing Arts Center on February 14, 2015.

Ms. Luker's intimate hour-long show to benefit TSC's education program will feature her Broadway and Jerome Kern songbooks as well as stories from her fabled 30-year career.

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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

PURCHASE TICKETS

 “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.

Cast:

Rachel Brun (Lady Anne/Gray/Lovell)

Crash Buist (Richmond/Brakenbury/Rivers)

MaConnia Chesser* (Duchess/King Edward/Catesby)

Johnny Lee Davenport* (Hastings/Tyrell/Norfolk)

Craig Wesley Divino* (Buckingham/Dorset/Herbert)

Paul Kiernan* (Clarence/Stanley/Blunt)

Dan McCleary* (Richard III)

Caley Milliken* (Queen Elizabeth/Mayor/Ratcliffe)

 

Production Team:

David Demke+ (director)

Bruce Bui (costume designer)

Brian Ruggaber (scenic designer)

Jeremy Fisher (lighting designer)

Melissa A. Nathan* (stage manager)

Blakely Saucier (assistant stage manager)

Oliver Crawford (2nd asst. stage manager/swing)

 

* Member, Actors’ Equity Association

+ Member, Society of Stage Directors

 

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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, 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