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Active Explorations

On-your-feet encounters, for all ages, with the plays or the people who present them. Admission: $25.

Acting Up: Alice
Ages 8 to 10
Sunday, June 8 SOLD OUT
Saturday, September 27
10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Studio Theatre

Eight- to 10-year-olds are introduced to Alice Through the Looking-Glass and use costumes to explore scenes and characters from the play. No spectators, please.

Song and Dance: Crazy for You

 Friday, July 18 BUY NOW 

Friday, August 22 BUY NOW

Sunday, September 21 BUY NOW
10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Festival Theatre

Find out what it's like to be in a musical at the Stratford Festival. Company members teach you a number from Crazy for You – including some fun tap steps! No spectators, please.
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Knights Errant
Friday, July 11 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Studio Theatre

Become your own Don Quixote and learn the basics of stage combat from Festival actors. No spectators, please.
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Dream a Little Dream
Ages 10 to 12
Sunday, July 20 BUY NOW

Thursday, August 7 BUY NOW
10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Festival Theatre

This drama workshop for 10- to 12-year-olds introduces participants to the story and characters of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Using pieces from the Costume and Props Warehouse, participants then rehearse a scene from the play.No spectators, please.

The Folger Consort
Thursday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to noon and/or 2 to 4 p.m.
University of Waterloo Stratford Campus
125 St. Patrick Street
Engaging Washington-area audiences since 1977, the Folger Consort is early music ensemble-in-residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Founding Artistic Directors Robert Eisenstein and Christopher Kendall create programs that offer opportunities to discover and enjoy music from the medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Beyond its concert series, the Folger Consort strives to deepen audiences’ understanding and appreciation of early music through seminars, discussions, recordings, radio broadcasts and unique collaborations with other programs of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Folger Consort has been named Best Classical Chamber Ensemble by the Washington Area Music Awards for the last five years.

Admission: $25 per encounter; $40 for both. Presented by Stratford Summer Music. Tickets available by calling 1.800.567.1600 or online at

A Passion for Performance: Music of Elizabethan England
10 a.m. to noon
The great virtuoso lutenist John Dowland aspired to be appointed to Elizabeth’s court, but to no avail. Along the way he did acquire the patronage of many nobles, however, including the King of Denmark and the Earl of Essex, one of Elizabeth’s favourites. In conjunction with the performance Courting Elizabeth, Folger Consort director Robert Eisenstein and members of Arcadia Viols examine the life and works of Elizabethan composers such John Dowland and Tobias Hume as they composed under the patronage of Europe’s royals.

An Examination of Shakespeare in Song
2 to 4 p.m.
Although music is an integral part of Shakespeare’s plays, and serves many dramatic purposes, it is a more difficult problem to identify what music was used in the plays than one might think. There are more than one hundred songs or quotations of songs found in the plays. These range from lyrics specially written by Shakespeare for art song settings, or adaptations of existing art songs, to popular ballads and other traditional material. However, for almost all of these we have no proof that any known tune was used in a performance by the King’s Men. As the world celebrates William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Folger Consort director Robert Eisenstein along with countertenor Drew Minter and lutenist Mark Rimple discuss the Bard’s musical and cultural influence in the works of composers such as Thomas Morley, Robert Johnson and John Wilson.

Behind the Scenes
10:30 a.m. to noon
A panel discussion in which backstage personnel and technicians offertheir unique perspective onthe joys and challenges of staging a show.

The Beaux’ Stratagem
Festival Theatre, Sunday, August 3

Hay Fever
Studio Theatre, Saturday, September 20


2014 Playbill List King LearCrazy for YouA Midsummer Night's DreamThe Beaux' StratagemMan of La ManchaAlice Through the Looking-GlassHay FeverKing JohnMother Courage and Her ChildrenAntony and CleopatraChristina, The Girl KingA Midsummer Night's Dream - a chamber play2014 Season

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is generously provided by
Kelly & Michael Meighen and
the T.R. Meighen Foundation

Support for the 2014 Forum is
generously provided by
Nandita & Julian Wise


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