SHAKESPEARE’S DOUBLE-FEATURE WEEKEND
The Children’s Shakespeare Society presents Shakespeare’s fairy tale, CYMBELINE & the beloved comedy TWELFTH NIGHT in one action-packed weekend!
Come enjoy two of Shakespeare’s plays over the course of one weekend presented by The Children’s Shakespeare Society.
Directed by Sasha Kostyrko and Erik Pearson Cymbeline, has everything a good fairy tale should! A wicked step mother, a mis-guided ruler, and even a fabulous female heroine who has the wits, courage, and determination to save her own skin! Our version, set in ancient Scandinavia will captivate and lead you on a journey not soon forgotten.
The other half of our players will bring you one of Shakespeare’s beloved comedies, Twelfth Night directed by Tonya Andrews and Hannah Palmer. Set in the 20’s in New Orleans with music composed by Stefan Stern, this mad-cap adventure employs all the best Shakespearean devices we know and love. Siblings divided by shipwreck, mistaken identity, a pair of hilarious clowns, and lots of crazy ‘near-miss’ moments to entertain.
Cymbeline Performances: Saturday, March 23 at 7pm and Sunday, March 24 at 2:30pm
Twelfth Night Performances: Friday, March 22 at 7pm and Saturday, March 23 at 2:30pm
Location: The Christus Collegium at 714 S. 8th Ave. Bozeman, MT 59715
General $11 / Under 10 $7
OR!!! Take advantage of the Dramatic -Discount when you purchase tickets to two shows:
General $7.50 / Under 10 $5.50
SIGN UPS are now open for our Summer Theatrical Fight Choreography Camps. Applications must be accepted before signing up.
Call or email for more information about applying.
THEATER FIGHT SKILLS CAMP
Two Sessions This Summer!
Session I: August 4-9 Session II: August 12-16
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Our Company of players employs fight choreography in every show we do! Below are some scenes from our fights over the years, as well as from some of our other fight camps in the past. This is proof that any age child can take part and can learn how to be methodical and disciplined to create a safe situation for all involved.
A look at some of our past productions…
Congratulations to the Cast and Crew of Romeo & Juliet!!! What a memorable weekend of performances on the lawn at the Story Mansion!
Poster Art by Nathalie Laubie-Woods
Romeo & Juliet
September 7, 8, 9 on the lawn of the Story Mansion
Picnic & mask-making on the lawn starting at 5pm. Performances each night beginning at 6pm.
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Our players celebrated our new set given to us by the folks at Montana Shakespeare in the Parks by holding the performance outside on the lawn of the Story Mansion. And what better way to break in the set complete with a balcony, than the tragedy of Romeo & Juliet?
Congratulations Directors, Cast, and Crew of Sherlock Holmes & The Watch Girl, the second in our Victorian Theater series. June 2018.
Melo + Drama means drama set to music. Our music especially scored and adapted to these scripts, sung by our players and accompanied by Bruce Hall it's creator, will again carry us along to another time. In this tale, a young girl Ruth de Belville is the subscription watch girl for the master time piece in Greenwich park, London. Wealthy business owners and individuals around London pay for her weekly visits to adjust their time pieces. Her pocket clock named Arnold, is a most marvelous work of scientific genius and incredibly accurate. Stripped of it's original gold accoutrements and hidden inside a plain silver shell in order to protect it's fame from potential pocket divers and thieves, Arnold has quite an intriguing history which led him into the hands of Ruth beginning with French nobility.
Written and directed by M. Douglas MacIntyre and Maggie Peterson, this sequel to last year's Demon's Cargo installment once again chronicles the tales of the Baker Street Irregulars, a band of "street urchins" which appear in the very first Sherlock Holmes mystery. This is Holmes before the world knows him as 'Holmes', a young student of science and law living at his laboratory supervisor's home while completing his studies in school.
Once again, M. Douglas MacIntyre does not disappoint history buffs with his attention to every detail. He's completed extensive research in developing these stories to create an accurate historical picture of the Victorian time period. Every street, every mention of businesses or locales visited within the play is trackable back to 1918 London, including Ruth de Belville and her infamous time piece, Arnold.
A Look At Some of Our Past Productions...
Directed by Cerris Morgan-Moyer and Benjamin Barker with Original Music by Moira Smiley
Directed by Cerris Morgan-Moyer and Benjamin Barker with original music by Moira Smiley, William Shakespeare’s tale of Richard III’s stop-at-nothing quest for power came alive as told by The Children’s Shakespeare Society at a PopUp location on a lawn in downtown Bozeman, September 8th, 9th, and 10th. The show highlighted the characters, presented in all their rich dimension as complex people who are steeped in their own personal histories which have shaped them.
We so enjoyed our first Melodrama/Vaudeville show SHERLOCK HOLMES and The Demon's Cargo written just for us by our dear friends M. Douglas MacIntyre and Maggie Petersen with an original score by Bruce Hall, fight choreography by Gordon Carpenter drew us off our Shakespearean path and led us down an unexpected road to discover a part of theatrical history which plain and simple is downright fun and entertaining start to finish! Thanks to this creative Directorial team who trained under the masterful hand of Judy Ferree in Virginia City, we were transported back to a time when melodramas and the accompanying olio's were the movies people went to before there were movies to see!
Set Design and Illustrations by Nathalie Laurie-Woods
Poster by Eve Bennett
Press Photographer Tonya Lessley of Inspire Photo Arts
Spring 2017... the Ides of March blew in to form our own version of The Tempest!
Poster Created by Eve Bennett - Thank you, Eve! You have created every poster since our inception! We LOVE YOU!
Directed by Tonya Andrews and Gordon Carpenter, this family favorite provided with something for everyone! These two directors always bring an enormous amount of skill and creativity mixed with an undyingly kind and supportive manner which has made our little band what it is today. Their steadfast positive vision, combined with their willingness to accommodate our kids' wishes in tackling the gamut from comedies to tragedies has won us over heart and soul! All the while they are adept at keeping the mix consistently rich by adding plenty of stage fighting which the kids won't do without! This special recipe is part and parcel of what makes them worth their weight in gold! Costumes were again crafted by Evie King coming to us from Door Shakespeare in Wisconsin. What a lovely mix, giving our company kids ages 5-17 the opportunity to collaborate with professionals from around the country.
A Midsummer Night's Dream Was Dreamy!
A Midsummer Night's Dream was dreamy!!! Set in Lindley Park, our inventive directors, Maggie Petersen and M. Douglas MacIntyre of The Magic Circle Mime Company used the trees and hillside as our set. The setting sun lit our actors in a warm evening glow, and the a cappella vocals mixed with pieces played on the harp provided a unique performance which won't soon be forgotten.
Our Spring Show of Hamlet was a great success!
The kids played to sold out performances all weekend! Thank you to our fabulous community for supporting the kids of TCSS!
Thank you Moira!!! What a wonderful three days making music together!
The Children's Shakespeare Society proudly presented a very special music arranging and vocal harmonies workshop just for our home-schooling kiddos with vocalist Moira Smiley on October 7,8, and 10. Currently on tour with the legendary Irish band, Solas, and the new indie pop sensation the tUnE-yArDs, Moira is something of a musical magician! Moira spent three days with us last January and the kids have been begging for more ever since! She took 19 kids, many of whom had never sung beyond the confines of their car, and had them singing four-part harmony in Latin in under an hour...it only got better from there. Read on for more information about who this talented person is, and you'll understand why her name is linked to so many notable projects of such diverse genres, from medieval recordings of Hildegard Von Bingen's work, to performing her own style of original polyphony and body percussion mixed with her undeniably rich vocal versions of folk tunes.
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Was full of magical happenings.... Our fall show was just that!
As You Like It
(And we LOVED it!!!!!)
Our fall show played to wonderfully full audiences on the lawn of a barn outside of Bozeman!
Comedy of Errors
Under the keen direction of Tonya Andrews and Gordon Carpenter, we doubled the trouble, vaudeville style! What fun we had with Shakespeare's, Comedy of Errors. Our version, set in the early 1900’s gave the kids ample opportunity to bring to the production loads of off-beat magic, acrobatic, and slapstick comedy skills which they've evidently been hiding in the closet! Lots of laughs and a packed theater at every show, left us reeling with many good memories to savor for a long while! A hidden treat? The intermission impromptu dance parties with live music by the phenomenal "Fiddaman Brothers" (otherwise known as Dr. Pinch and Officer O'Malley) on their cello and fiddle... Lots of wild dancing with audience members who wended their way into our back alley for the fun! What a great weekend, we'll never forget.
Taken directly from Dumas' first english translation of 1860, it provided the (kid-requested) challenging language, along with the requisite action sequences, which led to a play chock-full of opportunities for our heroine and heroines to charge against all odds and come out on top! It will long be remembered in this little band!!
Images below are from our first Two Week Wonder production, Twelfth Night. Featuring live original music performed by the kids themselves, this show was a delight, and played to completely sold out shows at every performance.
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OUR TWO WEEK WONDER PRODUCTION MODEL
Working with professional Shakespearean directors, the kids spend two weeks in an intensive process of putting the play together and performing it multiple times over a weekend. Every child who signs up receives a role, and we normally have between 19-28 kids between the ages of 5-17 sign up for each production. Casting happens about a month ahead of the beginning of rehearsals, at which time the kids are assigned their parts and given their scripts in order to begin independent work and research at home. Once rehearsals begin, they spend a minimum of 60 hours with their directors over that final two week period from 9-3 every day. We are committed to providing these opportunities twice a year, with plans to implement more educational workshops throughout the year, and possibly a summer production as well.
Photography provided by Tonya Lessley/Inspire Photo Art
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