Monday, April 26, 2010 Shakespeare Outdoors with HEC-TV Live!
The first vc is May 17 and entitled Shakespeare Outdoors: Hamlet. Live from the outdoor performance space of the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, program participants will interact with director Bruce Longworth and various actors of the Festival’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Actors joining HEC-TV Live! will include Jim Butz who is portraying Hamlet as well as other members of the cast. The program will focus on the text of Shakespeare’s masterpiece and what it means to bring it to life in an outdoor production. Cast members will perform scenes from the play. Ask the director and actors what it’s like to speak Shakespeare’s language. How do they determine how to interpret the script and create their character? How does it change the acting and directing process to produce the play outdoors? Once you have registered for the program, Tim Gore will send information about the scenes from the play to be performed so your students can read those sections in advance.
The second vc is May 18 and entitled Shakespeare Outdoors: Production Elements and Careers. Live from the outdoor performance space of the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, program participants will interact with various designers and technical staff helping stage the Festival’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Audience members will tour the set and go both backstage and onstage as they find out what it’s like to design and stage a production outdoors. How do you handle lighting for the show? What about costumes and props? What happens if it rains? Where does the audience sit? Meet the theatre professionals who answer these questions and more every day in their career. Find out how all the front of house, onstage, and backstage production elements come together to create an exciting and enriching experience for the audience attending.