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August 4, 2007
With the last traces of sunlight fading over the Verdugo Mountains, about 300 people sprawled on lawn chairs and blankets in Two Strike Park on Friday, reveling in a true midsummer night’s dream. Children scampered about with fairy-themed painted faces, stopping only now and again to watch the other “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” as put on by the Southern California Lyric Theater. The event marked a first foray for the Crescenta Valley Arts Council, a nonprofit organization founded in January, into bringing free community art outings to the area, council co-founder and board member Sharon Hales said.
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By Lynne Heffley | September 6, 2013
The set isn't finished. No costumes, no special lighting. Cables and portable fans litter the aisles. Actor John Sloan takes center stage and positions himself on a circular metal grid. Behind him and off to one side is a wooden throne mounted on a tiered platform; plain wooden risers flank either side of the stage. At the Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena, director Jessica Kubzansky, Sloan and fellow cast members Paige Lindsey White and James Ortlieb are rehearsing “R II,” Kubzansky's new adaptation of Shakespeare's “Richard II,” premiering Sept.
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By Angela Hokanson | July 31, 2008
Derek Yeghiazarian and Emma MacKenzie held an animated conversation on Wednesday without saying a word. The two youths, each wearing a mask they had crafted themselves, held a silent conversation using their body language, posture and gaze to tell an improvised story. Emma’s character was belligerent, arms raised in fists. Derek’s character was pleading, arms clasped hopefully in front of his heart. The two youngsters were practicing commedia dell’arte, a kind of improvised comedy that began in 16th-century Italy, as part of the Summer with Shakespeare youth theater program run by the Glendale-based theater company, A Noise Within.
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June 3, 2000
Judy Seckler GLENDALE CENTRE THEATRE -- When Rosemont Middle School teacher Marga Madhuri took her students to "Shakespearience" at the Glendale Centre Theatre, they couldn't have known it would be the start of a beautiful friendship. "Shakespeariance" is a collection of scenes from the Bard performed for children. Actor Adrianne Eick and her husband Justin, director of education and outreach for the theater, decided it would be a natural progression for students to feel Shakespeare by acting with professional actors.
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January 14, 2004
Dink O'Neal Troubadour Theater Company has created another hilarious combination of Shakespeare and rock music with "Fleetwood Macbeth" at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank. In the same wacky vein of the company's critically acclaimed productions "Twelfth Dog Night" and "A Midsummer Saturday Night Fever's Dream," director Matt Walker and his Troubies have inserted some 1970s tunes of the group Fleetwood Mac into the bard's bloodiest of tragedies.
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By Andy Klein and By Andy Klein | February 3, 2012
It's not surprising that Shakespeare remains the most filmed author of all time. (Yes, children, that even includes Stephen King.) In fact, in any given year there are more adaptations of Shakespeare than of anyone else. Public domain status helps, but mostly it's because, well, you know, they don't call the Bard “Immortal” for nothing. What is perhaps surprising is that some plays almost never make it to the screen. It's probably a safe guess that “Hamlet,” “Macbeth,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Othello” and “Henry V,” all together, have spawned more films than the other thirtysomething titles combined.
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August 3, 2007
Arroyo Repertory Theatre and Shakespeare at Play present two of the bard's witty, battle of the sexes comedies, "Much Ado About Nothing" on Aug. 3 and 4, and "As You Like It" on Aug. 10 and 11, at 8 p.m. in the Linda M. Grinstead Theatre. The theatre is located on the La Salle High School campus at 3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena. La Salle students have composed music for these plays and are part of the tech crew for each performance. Tickets are $5 for students; $9 for adults.
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July 3, 2004
Monday Students 10 to 18 with an urge to scratch their Shakespearean itch can do so beginning Monday by taking classes designed around the great bard's plays. A Noise Within, a Glendale-based theater company, is accepting applications for Summer with Shakespeare. Classes will meet 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through July 30. Topics include acting, improvisation, speech and stage combat. The full-day program is $600, and the half-day program is $425.
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By Joyce Rudolph | March 19, 2008
Producers of Shakespeare at Play are keeping a promise to one company member and fulfilling a dream of another with the production ?Richard III? at The Colony Theatre in Burbank. Actor Jeffrey Paul Whitman expressed interest in playing Richard III 18 years ago to Shakespeare at Play Executive Director Debbie Gates, and she promised if they ever produced the play, he could. This event is a special engagement of the company ? which regularly performs William Shakespeare?s works and other classic plays in the Burbank Unified School District and produces Shakespeare in the Park at Burbank?
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 22, 2014
About 1,300 students packed the Alex Theatre on Wednesday morning to get a modern-day look at five of Shakespeare's classic plays, including scenes featuring sword fights, young lovers and tragic death - as well as an opening set to a chart-topping music hit by Pitbull and Ke$ha. “Shakespearience,” a production by Theatrical Education Group, has performed for about 70,000 students during the last 16 years in Glendale. PHOTOS: Students get a Shakespearience at the Alex Theatre “They come year after year after year,” said director Justin Eick of the many schools that have annually brought students to the production, which aims to introduce students to the Bard.
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By Lynne Heffley | November 15, 2013
Visitors flock to the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino each year by the hundreds of thousands, drawn by works of European and American art spanning centuries, by expansive gardens renowned for their beauty and breadth - and by what, with good reason, comes first in the name of this world-class, collections-based institution: the library. The Huntington's holdings of manuscripts, books, photographs and ephemera - nearly 9 million items in total, some of the oldest dating back to the 11th century - attract countless researchers, scholars, authors, students and others interested in American and British literature, art, history and science.
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By Lynne Heffley | September 6, 2013
The set isn't finished. No costumes, no special lighting. Cables and portable fans litter the aisles. Actor John Sloan takes center stage and positions himself on a circular metal grid. Behind him and off to one side is a wooden throne mounted on a tiered platform; plain wooden risers flank either side of the stage. At the Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena, director Jessica Kubzansky, Sloan and fellow cast members Paige Lindsey White and James Ortlieb are rehearsing “R II,” Kubzansky's new adaptation of Shakespeare's “Richard II,” premiering Sept.
THE818NOW
February 4, 2012
Acting isn't just about reciting lines from a script, even if the script is by William Shakespeare. The eighth-grade students of John Muir Middle School in Burbank learned that lesson on Jan. 27 during the school's 11th annual “Shrew Day.” Students immersed themselves in Elizabethan England, with lessons on fencing, juggling, dancing, singing, acting and other crucial talents in workshops taught by visiting artists from Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum....
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By Andy Klein and By Andy Klein | February 3, 2012
It's not surprising that Shakespeare remains the most filmed author of all time. (Yes, children, that even includes Stephen King.) In fact, in any given year there are more adaptations of Shakespeare than of anyone else. Public domain status helps, but mostly it's because, well, you know, they don't call the Bard “Immortal” for nothing. What is perhaps surprising is that some plays almost never make it to the screen. It's probably a safe guess that “Hamlet,” “Macbeth,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Othello” and “Henry V,” all together, have spawned more films than the other thirtysomething titles combined.
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By June Casagrande | October 14, 2011
Recently, a Minnesota Public Radio talk show listener called to suggest to language experts Ben Zimmer and Grant Barrett a clever solution to a very perplexing and pervasive language problem. The problem crops up when we need to talk about a hypothetical or unknown person whose sex we don't know. Consider the sentence, “Every employee should be sure he or she parks his or her car in the garage before reporting to his or her designated workstation and checking in with his or her supervisor.” That's just awful, right?
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By Timothy Rutt, Altadenablog.com | August 8, 2011
San Pedro theater troupe Shakespeare by the Sea concluded its summer in Farnsworth Park Sunday night with the Bard's comedy of love and misunderstandings, "Much Ado About Nothing. " For more photos, go to Altadenablog.com
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By Dink O'Neal | July 14, 2011
Those masters of murderous mirth who make up the Troubadour Theatre Company are back again at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, this time with a rocking Shakespearean revival called “Fleetwood Macbeth.” The work, which premiered at the Falcon Theatre in January of 2004, is a wild-eyed rendition of one of Shakespeare's famous tragedies augmented by rock band Fleetwood Mac's memorable music catalogue. Director Matt Walker has dusted off and refreshed the earlier adaptation, emphasizing the bard's renowned text by tightening the show's comic smorgasbord.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | July 11, 2011
Viveka Devadas teaches a seven-week art workshop beginning at 11 a.m. today at the Joslyn Adult Center, 1301 W. Olive Ave., Burbank. The two-hour classes for those 55 and older include instruction with basic drawing, use of color pencils and pastels, watercolor painting techniques and more. Course fee is $25 or $10 with a BSAC card. Reservations: (818) 238-5353. Free swing dance lessons begin at 6 p.m., and The High Street Band performs swing and jazz at 7p.m. on the AMC Walkway at San Fernando Boulevard and Palm Avenue in Burbank.
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Kelly Corrigan, Kelly.Corrigan@latimes.com | July 6, 2011
Free dance lessons begin at 6 p.m., and The High Street Band performs swing and jazz at 7 p.m. on the AMC Walkway at San Fernando Boulevard and Palm Avenue. Admission is free. Call (818) 238-5180. Glendale Trails and Open Spaces hosts a meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss three potential sites for youth campgrounds. The meeting will take place in the Naturalist Building at Deukmejian Wilderness Park, 3429 Markridge Road, Glendale. Call (818) 548-2000. Vanguard Repertory Company presents the La Cañada Flintridge Shakespeare Festival , with all performances at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday through July 31 at the outdoor Byrnes Amphitheater at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 440 Saint Katherine Drive, La Cañada Flintridge.
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