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Shakespeare Youth Festival 2019

Shakespeare Youth Festival 2019

WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE…

March 9th through March 31st, 2019
All performances are held at the Lyric Theatre – 520 N. La Brea, Los Angeles 90036 (map)

As You Like It

Two worlds…Power-hungry Duke Frederick runs his kingdom on paranoia and mistrust – his reign is dark and oppressive. His brother, Duke Senior fled that world (to save his life), but left his daughter behind. When the two Dukes’ daughters, along with their trusty jester, escape to follow him to the Forest of Arden, it’s like they’ve landed in Oz – they discover a colorful Carnival of eccentric artists just looking to love and be loved!

Saturday, March 9 at 2 pm
Sunday, March
10 at 2 pm
Saturday, March 16 at 4:30 pm
Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 pm

RESERVE TICKETS


Cymbeline

You have probably not seen Cymbeline, and if you have, you have NEVER seen our Cracked Fairy Tale Version, complete with a two-foot high Storybook and all sorts of other surprises. Mistaken identity? Of course. Girls dressed as boys? Duh. Long lost family members reuniting? Aren’t there always? Young love torn apart by class issues? Hello?! Machiavellian tricksters? Goes without saying. Epic Battles? Um, yeah …Jupiter descending from Olympus in the last act last to lay it out? Have you met Shakespeare?!

Saturday, March 16 at 1:00 pm
Sunday, March 17 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 23 at 4:00 pm
Sunday, March 24 at 1:00 pm

RESERVE TICKETS


Henry IV

Henry IV (One and Two) is so much more than a History Play – it’s really a Humanity Play: a day in the life of the Haves and Have Nots, a King’s regrets from his sickbed, Good Son/Errant Son/Redeemed Son, a Father’s Cowardice, a Son’s Overcompensation, Substitute Families, the funny, bittersweet antics of Pub Life… and those Spell-Casting, Tree-Hugging Welsh…come on! Our Elder Players (age 14-17) are by now, quite excellent at this stuff, as some have been at it since age six. Come witness these young masters – for some, it will be their last performance with LADC before heading off to college.

Saturday, March 23 at 12 noon
Sunday, March 24 at 4:30 pm
Saturday, March 30 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 pm

RESERVE TICKETS

Shakespeare at GALA

Shakespeare at GALA

Love’s Labors Lost: A Comedy by William Shakespeare

It’s the Battle of the Sexes!!

Four young men decide to make a pledge to avoid young women … for the sake of becoming more intellectual and contemplative? Really? Any chance that could work? When four young women arrive on the scene, maybe, just maybe, the young women could actually inspire them to become better men. A whole pack of hilarious and crazy characters (including more females roles than pretty much any other Shakespeare play!!)

Read more about Love’s Labors Lost here!

For more than 10 years, Los Angeles Drama Club has been working with Los Angeles youth ages 6-17 from all backgrounds. We use the exploration and performance of Shakespeare’s work to foster self-esteem, creativity, literacy and excellence in every aspect of our Players’ lives.

We begin rehearsals on February 7th, so don’t delay!!!!

Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Starting February 7th

Final Dress Rehearsal TBD (May 14 or 15)
We will also be scheduling one weekend rehearsal, and several small group/private rehearsal sessions.

Performances (tentative): May 16 & 17

Tuition: $200.00

(We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here to apply for a scholarship. Please do not hesitate to apply!)

Please email losangelesdramaclub@gmail.com with any questions ….

We look forward to working with you!

Shakespeare at New West

Shakespeare at New West

New West students, join us! No experience necessary! You’ll learn the basics of acting, vocal and movement techniques, and the ins and outs of Shakespeare’s language. Our work will culminate in a full performance of a Shakespeare play.

Mondays from 4 to 6 pm
begins February 4th
Performances: Thursday, May 30 & Friday, May 31
Tuition: $225

LOCATION: 11625 West Pico Boulevard

Full rehearsal schedule:
February 4, 11, 25 (no rehearsal President’s Day, 2/18)
March 4, 11, 18, 25
April 1, 8, 22, 29 (no rehearsal Spring Break, 4/15)
May 6, 13, 20
Dress Tech: Wednesday, May 29th
We will schedule one weekend “retreat” – an extended rehearsal that will be held one of the two weekends prior to the performance.
PLEASE NOTE: Regular attendance is critical!! If you have conflicts with any of the above dates, or if you have any other questions, please email us at losangelesdramaclub@gmail.com prior to registering.

THIS CLASS IS OPEN TO NEW WEST CHARTER STUDENTS ONLY …

Summer with LADC

Please fill out the form below to register for Summer with LADC 2017.

We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!

SYFLA – Spring 2017

Titus Andronicus: The Musical

The Roman general, Titus Andronicus returns to a hero’s welcome after defeating the Goths in a ten-year campaign. Among his captives are the Queen of the Goths, Tamora, and her three sons, Alarbus, Demetrius and Chiron. Also accompanying her is her boyfriend, Aaron, a Moor. They are not happy. Titus has lost many sons in the war. He is not happy.

Suffice to say, this play is filled with classic Roman acts of revenge between Titus and his enemy, Tamora – each one tries to top the other, and it gets pretty gory! We are in an era where, for many of us, nothing feels darker than real life – so we are bathing this play about warped, twisted and corrupt leadership in a tub of satire and song.

Fais Do Do – 5253 W. Adams Blvd.
April 22 & 23
April 29 & 30
5 pm

Merchant of Venice

Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s most controversial plays – we are not shying away from controversy this season!! For us, theater is a space to grapple with the issues that we encounter in the “real world.” And the issues explored in Merchant of Venice feel exceptionally current. What happens when you stereotype people based on their cultural or religious identity? Is it ever OK? If you bully a bully, does that excuse your behavior? It’s easy to make assumptions about the events of this play, but when you dig deeper, the answers are never as simple as they might seem, at first glance.

Fais Do Do – 5253 W. Adams Blvd.
April 22 & 23
April 29 & 30
1 pm

The Hamlet Project

Famed theater director Charles Marowitz says, “Our job is to re-trace, re-discover, reconsider, and re-angle the classics – not simply regurgitate them.” This best describes our adventure with THE HAMLET PROJECT. Our Players have been living with this classic for eight months.

Location TBD
May 5 & 6
May 12 & 13
2 pm

Save the Date – April 23

Save the Date – April 23

Shakespeare Youth Festival 2017 opens on April 22nd, and we are celebrating with an Opening Weekend party on Sunday, April 23rd! Featuring delicious food by the talented chefs from Fais Do Do’s Jazz Brunch, sneak peeks of all the Festival shows, and a special musical guest, you don’t want to miss this chance to support your favorite young Shakespeare Troupe!!

DATE: Sunday, April 23
TIME: 7 pm (following Titus Andronicus)
PLACE: Club Fais Do Do, 5257 W. Adams Blvd.

TICKETS: $50.00

MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR

MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR

quickly-and-falstaffSir John Falstaff decides that he wants to have a little fun, so he writes two letters to a pair of Windsor wives: Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. When they discover that they’ve both received letters, they plan a practical joke or two to teach the knight a lesson. But when Mistress Ford’s husband finds out, chaos ensues. Meanwhile, three suitors seek the hand of Anne Page, Mistress Page’s daughter, and the one she loves – surprise!! – is not the one that has Father’s Stamp of Approval!

Themes explored:

LIES AND DECEIT
This play is chock-full of people who are trying to “pull one over” on someone … and most of them get punished in some very funny ways! Are these punishments just? And what about when the punisher is also a deceiver?

SOCIETY AND GENDER
The characters in this play run the gamut from servants to nobility – we’ll explore how the different classes treat others and are treated themselves, and how different life is for women and men!

LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION
Merry Wives of Windsor is loaded with the kind of clever word-play and snazzy banter that makes us love Shakespeare … and with people who don’t communicate very well … which leads to a lot of hilarious misunderstandings!

Saturdays from 1 pm to 3 pm
Fais Do Do –
5253 W. Adams Blvd

2nd through 9th grade

Starting Saturday, September 17th

Tuition – $500.00

We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!

Performances
December 3 & 4
December 10 & 11
Curtain Time TBD

Please note: There will be additional rehearsals scheduled in November.

 

HAMLET – This class is full

HAMLET – This class is full

hamletFamed theater director Charles Marowitz says, “Our job is to re-trace, re-discover, reconsider, and re-angle the classics – not simply regurgitate them.” This best describes our coming adventure with THE HAMLET PROJECT.

This eight-month commitment is designed for the L.A. Drama Club Extremists and Shakespeare “Geeks,” who are as passionate about the process as they are about the performance.

Hamlet’s text, themes, characters, plots, subplots are for those who seek a challenge, a creative outlet – the initiators who want a stab at Creative Control, yet thrive on working as a ensemble. Now it is our turn to tell this story as this unique group of passionate Players experiences it.

Discussion, writing, experimental games and adventurous acting…The Hamlet Project will be “living” with this work for eight months, and performing it in the Spring SYFLA.

Tuesdays from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
September 13th through October 11th
Lyric Theatre
520 N. La Brea
October 18th through December 13th
Fais Do Do –
5253 W. Adams Blvd
January through May
Location TBD

7th through 12th grade
Starting Tuesday, September 13th

Performances
April 29 & 30
May 6 & 7

This class is full – if you’d like to be placed on the Waiting List, please email us.

We also invite you to consider Macbeth – we have a few spaces left!

MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR – This class is full

MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR – This class is full

quickly-and-falstaffSir John Falstaff decides that he wants to have a little fun, so he writes two letters to a pair of Windsor wives: Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. When they discover that they’ve both received letters, they plan a practical joke or two to teach the knight a lesson. But when Mistress Ford’s husband finds out, chaos ensues. Meanwhile, three suitors seek the hand of Anne Page, Mistress Page’s daughter, and the one she loves – surprise!! – is not the one that has Father’s Stamp of Approval!

Themes explored:

LIES AND DECEIT
This play is chock-full of people who are trying to “pull one over” on someone … and most of them get punished in some very funny ways! Are these punishments just? And what about when the punisher is also a deceiver?

SOCIETY AND GENDER
The characters in this play run the gamut from servants to nobility – we’ll explore how the different classes treat others and are treated themselves, and how different life is for women and men!

LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION
Merry Wives of Windsor is loaded with the kind of clever word-play and snazzy banter that makes us love Shakespeare … and with people who don’t communicate very well … which leads to a lot of hilarious misunderstandings!

Saturdays from 1 pm to 3 pm
Fais Do Do –
5253 W. Adams Blvd

2nd through 9th grade

Starting Saturday, September 17th

Tuition – $500.00

We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!

Performances
December 3 & 4
December 10 & 11
Curtain Time TBD

Please note: There will be additional rehearsals scheduled in November.

This class is full – if you’d like to be placed on the Waiting List, please email us.

We also invite you to consider Macbeth – we have a few spaces left!

 

MACBETH

MACBETH

witchesIt is an Election Year. What will politicians do and say to be in power? Take Macbeth, for example. This Fall, we are going to pare Macbeth down and reveal these Bad to the Bone characters just as they are – raw, ambitious, political, shadowy, dark.

Themes explored:

FATE/FREE WILL – Does fate or human will determines a man’s future? What causes a seemingly decent man to commit evil acts? Is the play set in motion by the weird sisters’ prophesy that Macbeth will be king, or by his actions? In the end, the play leaves the question unanswered.

POWER/AMBITION – What distinguishes a good ruler from a tyrant? What are the consequences of regicide (killing a king)? Although the play is set in 11th century Scotland (a time when kings were frequently murdered), and how are political opponents committing character assassination today?

GENDER ROLES – Macbeth turns our notions of traditional gender roles upside-down – is femininity synonymous with kindness and compassion, and masculinity with cruelty and violence, or is Macduff right when he argues that the capacity to “feel” human emotion is in fact what makes one a “man”?

MAGIC – Witchcraft features prominently in Macbeth. What message do the witches and their actions have for us?

Mondays from 4 pm to 6 pm
Fais Do Do –
5253 W. Adams Blvd

4th through 9th grade

Starting Monday, September 12th

Tuition – $500.00

We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!

Performances
December 3 & 4
December 9 & 10
Curtain Time TBD

Please note: There will be additional rehearsals scheduled in November.

 

A WINTER’S TALE

pursued-by-a-bearOne of our favorites, this play swings from Sicily to Bohemia, and from tragedy to comedy, and contains one of the most famous stage directions in literature – “Exit, pursued by a bear.”

The characters include Kings and Queens, Shepherds and Shepherdesses, Clowns and Pickpockets … and the Oracle of Delphi!

For Grades 6 through 12

Rehearsals: Tuesdays from 4 to 6 pm
Beginning January 12th
Additional weekend rehearsals will be scheduled in late March and April

Performances: Friday and Saturday
April 15 & 16 and April 22 & 23
Fridays – 7:00 pm
Saturdays – 3:30 pm

Tuition – $675.00
Financial Aid is available – click here for more information.

Lyric Theater – 520 N. La Brea

 

Unspoken

Unspoken

outspokenJoin us as we develop another original piece – a companion to last year’s hugely successful “Outspoken: Shakespeare’s Prisoners.” This time, Shakespeare’s most commonly cut characters (like Hecate, Blind Gobbo, Christopher Sly, and more) argue passionately that they MUST BE HEARD!!

Tuesdays from 4 to 6 pm
Lyric Theatre
520 N. La Brea Ave.

Starting September 15th
Additional weekend rehearsals in November *
Final Dress/Tech: Wednesday, December 2nd / Thursday, December 3rd

Performances:
December 5th & 6th
December 12th & 13th

 2nd through 8th grade
Tuition: $550
Financial Aid/Scholarships are available – please click here for more information.

* Please note that we will be rehearsing Thanksgiving weekend. If you will NOT be in town, you must note this on the registration form, so that we can plan accordingly. We will also meet EVERY Monday, including school holidays.

 

Merry Wives of Windsor

Merry Wives of Windsor

quickly-and-falstaff
Sir John Falstaff decides that he wants to have a little fun, so he writes two letters to a pair of Windsor wives: Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. When they discover that they’ve both received letters, they plan a practical joke or two to teach the knight a lesson. But when Mistress Ford’s husband finds out, chaos ensues. Meanwhile, three suitors seek the hand of Anne Page, Mistress Page’s daughter, and the one she loves – surprise!! – is not the one that has Father’s Stamp of Approval!

Tuesdays from 4 to 6 pm
Lyric Theatre
520 N. La Brea Ave.

Starting September 15th
Additional weekend rehearsals in November *
Final Dress/Techs: Thursday, December 3rd / Friday, December 4th

Performances:
December 5th & 6th
December 12th & 13th
3:30 pm (2:00 pm call)

 6th through 12th grade
Tuition: $550
Financial Aid/Scholarships are available – please click here for more information.

* Please note that we WILL be rehearsing Thanksgiving weekend. If you will NOT be in town, you must note this on the registration form, so that we can plan accordingly.

 

Alex Kingston: A Master Class for Young Actors

alex-meme-2$100.00/person
Ages: 7th through 12th grade
All proceeds go directly to the support of
Shakespeare in the City, a free arts program for youth.

REGISTER TODAY – Space limited to 22 people

IN DEPTH:

Alex Kingston (Doctor Who, E.R., Royal Shakespeare Company member) will work directly with you on:

  • Exploring and amplifying your artistic choices without compromising truthfulness (i.e. reaching the second balcony in a large house, with honesty and truth)
  • “Demystifying” often misunderstood principles of acting, such as pursuing an objective, playing an action, moment-to-moment spontaneity inside the structure of a tightly staged play.
  • Creating rituals for preparation prior to performance.
  • Enhancing your understanding of Shakespeare’s work through scansion, rhythm – the subtextual differences between prose and verse – and what it means for you, the actor.

She will also talk with you about her experiences working in in Britain and in America, in a variety of mediums, touching on topics like:

  • Playing with Gender Bending in Shakespeare – and beyond.
  • Your Questions Answered – What is an actor’s life?

ABOUT ALEX KINGSTON

Alex Kingston, who won critical acclaim in the title role of the PBS miniseries “Moll Flanders,” joined television’s top-rated, “ER” during its fourth season, as the spirited surgeon ‘Dr. Elizabeth Corday.’ She also reprised her role on “ER” along with the rest of the original cast, for the final episodes of the series.

Kingston was recently seen starring in the UK series “Chasing Shadows”, “Upstairs Downstairs” on the BBC, “Marchlands” on ITV, “Hope Springs,” on BBC One,” the ITV mini-series “Lost in Austen,” and as River Song in the highly successful British series “Dr. Who.” She will next be seen in the independent film “Bukowski” for director James Franco. She currently can be seen recurring on “Arrow” for the CW.

This past year, she starred opposite Sir Kenneth Branagh in the critically-acclaimed Manchester and NY production of “Macbeth”. Other recent credits include the West End production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” playing the role of ‘Nurse Ratched’ opposite Christian Slater and in the films “Sweetland” opposite Alan Cummings, in “Alpha Dog” starting Justin Timberlake and “Like Crazy” starring Felicity Jones and directed by Drake Doremus. She also recurred on “Flash Foward” for ABC and “Law & Order SVU” for NBC.

Previously she was seen in the UK and America in the lead role in the Box TV and PBS drama film “Boudica.” Kingston played the great 15th century gladiator queen “Boudica.”

Growing up on the outskirts of London, Kingston was first introduced to the theatre when she and her family visited her mother’s native Germany; where she saw her uncle, an actor, perform. She made her own stage debut at age five, playing the Angel Gabriel in the Nativity play. “My mother made me these big, beautiful wings,” remembers Kingston, “and the other kids – without wings – were all jealous. I was very excited, and then a bit upset when I discovered that Gabriel was really a guy.”

Kingston was inspired to pursue an acting career by her English teacher at the all-girls grammar school she attended in Epsom, where she often had leading roles in school plays. She landed her first professional role at age 15 as a judo-chopping bully on the successful British series, “Grange Hill.”

After finishing school, she moved to London, where she was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. After completing the two-year program of study, Kingston worked in repertory theatre across England. She joined the famed Royal Shakespeare Company, where she appeared in productions of “Much Ado About Nothing,” “King Lear,” “Love’s Labours Lost,” “The Curse of the Starving Class” and “The Bright and Bold Design.” She also starred in the Birmingham Repertory’s productions of “Othello,” “The Alchemist,” “Traveling Players,” “Saved,” “Julius Caesar” and “See How They Run.”

While Kingston tended to play classical characters on the stage, she took on contemporary roles in British television programs, including “A Killing Exchange,” “The Bill,” “Crocodile Shoes,” “The Knock” and “I Hate Christmas,” and in the American cable movies “Weapons of Mass Distraction” and “The Infiltrator.”

Her feature film credits include the critically-acclaimed “Croupier,” “Carrington,” “The St. Exupery Story,” “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover,” “Curran’s Wife,” “The Wildcats of St. Trinians,” “A Pin for the Butterfly” and “The Woman and the Wolf.” Kingston made a cameo appearance in the independent film “This Space Between Us” and starred in the British pop-culture film “Essex Boys,” for which she played a double-crossing girlfriend of an underground drug criminal.
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12 by 12/12

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For I can raise no money by vile means … Julius Caesar, Act 4, Scene 3

We love our supporters – know that we are honored every time you attend an event, or sign your child up for a class, or tell a friend about us. We cherish every donation that comes into us, and are so grateful you chose us, when there are thousands of options – the world needs help. We believe that art saves lives and that arts communities change the world, one neighborhood at a time. We are both of those things. And we are growing because there is a demand for us in so many underserved pockets of our city. If every person on our mailing list, every fan on Facebook, and every follower on Twitter donated just $12.00 by 12/12, then our youth arts program would have over $12,000! sitc-library

  • enough to pay a two assistant teachers for a year;
  • enough to rent a theatre for classes, rehearsals and performances for 10 months;
  • enough to sponsor two full Shakespeare in the City productions;
  • or enough to start our Watts and Inglewood programs!

Other ways to give by 12/12

  • $120
  • $1,200
  • $12,000
  • or any amount you choose.

You will receive an immediate email confirmation of your donation, which you can use for tax purposes. Donors of $50 and up are acknowledged on our website… sttp-11-24-13

A Mid-City Night’s Dream

A Mid-City Night’s Dream

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This night I hold an old accustomed feast,
Whereto I have invited many a guest,
Such as I love; and you among the store,
One more, most welcome, makes my number more.

It’s a Beautiful day in our Neighborhood – and Mid-City is ready for some Shakespeare.

Tickets are on sale now for “A Mid-City Night’s Dream. Los Angeles Drama Club’s Annual Gala is proud to celebrate “Shakespeare in the City” this year, in the heart of Los Angeles’ Mid-City. Guests will experience the hottest ticket of the 2014 – our very own young Players (ages 7-16) performing Shakespeare opposite a select group of distinguished and celebrated actors. 

Encounter Shakespeare’s favorite characters, in a magical setting, tucked behind an ivy-covered wall in a dynamic neighborhood in our beautiful city …

Please take a moment to explore further … and if you’d like to be a part of it all, email us.

Art Saves Lives.
If you don’t believe it, come meet our kids.

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Watch highlights from our previous Benefits. See why PBS SoCal named the Los Angeles Drama Club “Community Champions.” Discover the inspiration behind Shakespeare in the City. Get an insider view of our work.

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Ready to join us? Email us.

Summer with Los Angeles Drama Club

Summer with Los Angeles Drama Club

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July 14 through August 1, 2013

LADC is pleased to offer two programs this year – our 6th Annual Summer Shakespeare Intensive, and Queen Elinor’s School of Knighthood and Chivalry. Our programs are designed for students entering Grade 2 – Grade 9 in Fall 2014. For some activities, the participants are divided according to age, and for others, they will work together as a group. In some group activities, the older participants will serve as mentors to the younger; the younger students learn by example, and the older gain valuable leadership experience.

Summer with LADC is held at The Lyric Theatre at 520 N. La Brea Ave. Each week will offer unique content, and those who choose to do multiple weeks will have the opportunity to build on their experiences of the prior weeks.

OUR SESSIONS ARE FULL – if you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please fill out the form below …

Looking for Shakespeare in the City? Please click here!

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