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TEACHING SHAKESPEARE AND TEACHING CONTEMPORARY THEATRE PROGRAMS

PROGRAM DETAILS


For just the cost of a student matinée, teachers receive:

  • Professional development and tickets to preview performances
  • Pre- and post-show classroom workshops for all participating students
  • A Prologue or post-show chat for your students on the day of your fall visit

The programs begin with two days of professional development in Stratford:

Teaching Contemporary Theatre Program: August 18 & 19
Teaching Shakespeare Program: August 20 & 21

Take part in one or both! 

Registration information coming soon!

Wondering what happened to the Teaching Musical Theatre Program in August? Our program is now called the Teaching Contemporary Theatre Program. This new program is multi-layered and encompasses a variety of genres, featuring the following:

  • Musical Theatre, with a song and dance workshop on Chicago;
  • Movement, with a look at Frankenstein Revived;
  • Exploring comedy styles through the lens of Monty Python’s Spamalot and An Undiscovered Shakespeare; and
  • Theatre for Young Audiences, with a look at Wendy & Peter Pan and how we build meaningful character relationships. 

This multilayered contemporary approach to our shows, with its diverse themes and content, caters to a broad range of interested teachers and students. With this expanded scope, and multiple approaches to exploration, we invite more educators and students to take the opportunity to engage and work with some of Canada’s most gifted artists and see some of the best theatre in the world.

We hope you will join us for what will be a fulfilling, creative, imaginative and insightful exploration into our 2020 season.

Preview the workshop schedules and workshop descriptions for the Teaching Contemporary Theatre and Teaching Shakespeare Programs below:

Teaching Contemporary Theatre Program
Day 1 - Tuesday August 18th
8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome
What is the Teaching Contemporary Theatre Program?
Introduction to The Rez Sisters
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Choice of Workshops
Chicago: Song & Dance Exploration
Frankenstein Revived: Mood, Atmosphere and the Monster

12:15 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:15 p.m. Choice of Workshops OR choice of musical matinée
Wendy & Peter Pan: Exploring grief 
Writing in the Drama & English classrooms

Chicago matinee
Monty Python’s Spamalot matinée
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Inquiry based exploration of the 2020 playbill
3:45 p.m. Debrief
8:00 p.m. OPTIONAL Performance of Here’s What it Takes

Day 2 - Wednesday August 19th 
9:00 a.m. Breakfast reception
School booking chat with Groups & School’s Sales Manager, Heather Martin
Q&A with Education Associate, Teaching Focus, Stephanie Johns
Teacher-Artist Pairings
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Mini-Prologues Wendy & Peter Pan, Chicago and The Rez Sisters
11:15 a.m. Choice of Workshops
Monty Python’s Spamalot: Humour and Legends
The World According to Wendy

12:15 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:15 p.m. Choice of Workshops OR Wendy & Peter Pan matinée
Chicago’s Cultural Climate
Student Discretion Advised

Wendy & Peter Pan matinee
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Musical Tidbits
3:45 p.m. Debrief 
8:00 p.m. OPTIONAL Performance of Frankenstein Revived or The Rez Sisters

Teaching Shakespeare Program
Day 1 - Thursday August 20
8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome
What is the Teaching Shakespeare Program?
Introduction to Teaching Shakespeare for Beginners
Shakespeare Refresh for Returnees
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Choice of Workshops
Much Ado About Something
Hamlet: Thought Versus Action 

12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Choice of Workshops: Much Ado About Nothing focus
The Fine Line Between Love and Hate
Hero, the Jilted Bride: Victim, Martyr or…?

2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. All’s Well That Ends Well: Pursuing Your Passions, No Matter What the Cost
3:45 p.m. Debrief
8:00 p.m. Performance of Much Ado About Nothing

Day 2 - Friday August 21st
9:00 a.m. Breakfast reception
School booking chat with Groups & School’s Sales Manager, Heather Martin
Q&A with Stephanie
Teacher-Artist Pairings
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Mini-Prologues: Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing and Richard III
11:15 a.m. Choice of Workshops
Dissecting Shakespeare’s Sonnets
On-the Spot Shakespeare

12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Choice of Workshops: Hamlet focus
That Famous Hamlet Soliloquy
Through Ophelia’s Eyes

2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Richard III- Then and Now
3:45 p.m. Debrief
8:00 p.m. Performance of Hamlet

Teaching Contemporary Theatre Program Workshop Descriptions

Chicago: Song and Dance Exploration
Learn the lyrics and step-by-step choreography of a musical number from Chicago – and discover how the song and its moves relate to the story.

Frankenstein Revived: Mood, Atmosphere and the Monster
Delve into this reimagined version of the celebrated horror story through movement, physicality and visual art techniques.

Wendy & Peter Pan: Exploring Grief

Bereavement and grief are central to the story of Wendy, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys as told in Ella Hickson’s adaptation. Explore how Hickson’s key characters deal with the experience of loss.

Writing in Drama and English Classrooms
Discover creative writing techniques that can be used to encourage contributions from introverted students in drama and English classes by helping them express themselves, develop original ideas and experiment with different writing styles and genres.

Monty Python’s Spamalot: Humour and Legends
Drawing upon Arthurian legend, examine the context of Monty Python’s Spamalot in order to more fully appreciate the humour of this hilarious musical.

The World According to Wendy
Trace and analyze the development of Wendy’s character in Wendy & Peter Pan – and how her world-view and her influence help to empower the other female characters.

Chicago’s Cultural Climate
Using newspaper clippings from Chicago in the 1920s as a catalyst, explore through physicality and image work the culture of the time and place in which the musical’s story unfolds.

Student Discretion Advised
Focusing on themes from Chicago, The Rez Sisters and Here’s What It Takes, explore practical ways of tackling difficult subject matter with your students in a safe environment.


Teaching Shakespeare Program Workshop Descriptions

Much Ado About Something
Everything you need to know about the plot and characters of Shakespeare’s great romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing.

Hamlet: Thought Versus Action
Come on a whirlwind adventure and learn about the major plot points and characters in one of Shakespeare’s most famous – and most perplexing – plays.

The Fine Line Between Love and Hate
Take a close look at the language used by those famously bickering lovers-in-denial Beatrice and Benedick.

Hero, the Jilted Bride: Victim, Martyr or…?
A close focus on the role of Hero in Much Ado About Nothing and her relationships with those around her.

All’s Well That Ends Well: Pursuing Your Passions, No Matter What the Cost
What happens when characters in the play face complex ethical dilemmas? Applying thought-tracking techniques to the text, we will uncover those characters’ internal motivations.

Dissecting Shakespeare’s Sonnets
Discover how the poetic structure of Shakespeare’s text can connect students deeply to their own imaginations and voices. Practical analysis of the metre, rhythm, imagery, sound and verse structure of the Sonnets will help you and your students unlock the incredible power of Shakespeare’s language.

On-the-Spot Shakespeare

Using the same techniques that bring you this season’s An Undiscovered Shakespeare, teach your students to trust one another and work as a team in preparation for your improvisation units.

That Famous Hamlet Soliloquy 
You know the one. Learn a variety of dramatic techniques for investigating Hamlet’s thoughts.

Through Ophelia’s Eyes
By deconstructing the text, we will examine Hamlet’s relationship with Ophelia, her relationship with her father and brother, and her social circumstances.

Richard III – Then and Now
Together with Education and Archives staff, enjoy a hands-on interaction with the history of Richard III at Stratford. You’ll get to examine prompt scripts, costumes and other archival materials – and even get up on your feet to speak Richard’s lines yourself. 

2020 Registration information coming soon

If you would like to receive an email once registration information becomes available, please email Nitasha Rajoo to be added to the list

2020 Brochure coming soon

Schools can apply for assistance with the costs of bus transportation. 2020 details coming soon.

Please include a quote for school-bus transportation with your subsidy request.

"This workshop is the best that I have ever attended in over 20 years of teaching and professional development. I was completely inspired to bring the world of Shakespeare to my Grade 5 students, and they, in turn, responded with the utmost enthusiasm.”

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