Page 1






407-447-1700 oRlAnDoShAKES.oRg

theater arts

2013 - 2014 gUIDE

lET US hElp desIGn

YoUR nEXT lESSon plAn!

middle + high school

Anne Hering, Photo by Tony Firriolo

at orlando shakes DAYS & TIMES

Select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10:30am.

Our Educational Programs are designed to empower Middle and High School students by encouraging active listening, critical thinking, collaborative problem solving, and creative initiative through a three-step process. 1. Use our skill-based Curriculum Guides to supplement your students’ introduction to a story or play. 2. Enjoy a workshop with our Actor/Educators in your classroom giving your students hands on experience with the text. 3. Experience the wonder of a live theatrical performance, which will expand your students’ imaginations as we bring the story and characters to life on stage.

COMMon core connections

Reading, Speaking and Listening, Theater Arts


$10 per person (Buy ten tickets and the 11th is free)


By William Shakespeare Available September 17, 20, 24, 27 October 1, 4 Recommended 9th – 12th Grade Suitors are lining up to woo Baptista Minola’s youngest daughter Bianca. But Bianca may not marry until her older, acid-tongued sister Katherine has found a husband. Petruchio, a visitor from Verona who has run through his inheritance, agrees to a business arrangement to tame and marry Katherine. When these two adversaries actually meet, they discover in each other a match of intelligence, verbal agility, and audacity. This early comedy by Shakespeare is a surprising love story that explores the roles we play. Content Advisory: Parents and teachers should be aware that The Taming of the Shrew is a bawdy romp with sexual innuendo that may be physicalized on stage. The play may be best suited for teenagers who are able to handle the suggestiveness inherent in Shakespeare’s text.


By Jim Helsinger Adapted from the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker Available October 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 November 1, 5, 8 Recommended 7th – 12th Grade Centuries before the Twilight Series, the original Prince of Darkness reigned over the shadowy world of the undead. Experience the celebrated gothic tale in a one-man tour-deforce that uses Stoker’s original text of journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings. Dracula’s spellbinding originality and inventive theatricality is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat, while remaining true to the core of a legendary story that launched a thousand teeth.


By Joe Landry Available December 10, 13, 17, 20 Recommended 6th – 12th Grade Inspired by Frank Capra’s cinematic classic, this beloved holiday treat brings the spirit of the season to life right before your eyes. Performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience, five actors play the dozens of characters in Bedford Falls as well as produce all the sound effects. A nostalgic blend of Christmas cheer and theatrical magic, you will fall in love all over again with George Bailey and the angel named Clarence who saves his life on Christmas Eve.



By David Edgar Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens Produced in Collaboration with Theatre UCF Recommended 7th – 12th Grade Left penniless after his father’s death, Nicholas Nickleby is forced to find the means to protect his family and make his way in the world. A cast of 30 actors will bring to life over 150 characters in this exhilarating two-part play following young Nicholas as he meets and masters the challenges of poverty and corruption in Victorian England. The play captures Dickens’ genius for combining passionate characters, theatrical spectacle, and genuine emotion. Educators interested in sharing this once-in-a-lifetime theater experience with their students should contact the Education office at 407-447-1700 ext 254 for available student matinee dates and times.


By William Shakespeare Available March 25, 28 April 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18 Recommended 7th – 12th Grade Even as the people of Rome celebrate Julius Caesar’s victory over Pompey, his friends and enemies fear that he is becoming too powerful. Despite warnings to beware the Ides of March, Caesar is assassinated, leaving the future of Rome in question. In this profoundly thrilling and deeply human play, Shakespeare shows us a world spinning out of control igniting the fiery power of the most enduring political assassination in history. Content Advisory: Parents and teachers should be advised that Julius Caesar is a political drama that turns on the assassination of a public figure. The stabbing of Caesar is depicted on stage and there are subsequent scenes of combat and suicide.

On Stage with


Recommended 7th – 12th Grade FEE $5 per person (student matinee ticket not included). This exciting pre-show workshop prepares your students to experience our production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew or Julius Caesar. In just 30 minutes we will have your students immersed in the world of play, creating a greater understanding of the plot, themes, and major characters. An excellent introduction to Shakespeare! On Stage with TAMING OF THE SHREW available September 17th – October 4th On Stage with JULIUS CAESAR available March 25th – April 18th

At your school Shakespeare Alive!

Our most popular and award-winning program! Recommended 4th – 12th Grade Fee $155 per class Shakespeare Alive! is a workshop facilitated by two Orlando Shakespeare Theater Actor/Educators. In the first half, students engage in an interactive plot summary of one of William Shakespeare’s plays. In the second half of the class, 4th through 5th grade students engage in “Insult War” and “Flattery Battle” using vocabulary from Shakespeare’s time. 6th through 12th graders paraphrase Shakespearean text distinguishing between the denotative and connotative meanings of words. Shakespeare Alive is a perfect companion experience to attending a student matinee! Up to four classes per day (50 - 60 minutes per class) or three block periods (60 - 90 minutes per class). Limit 30 students per class period. Curriculum Connections Reading, Speaking and Listening, Theater Arts

“A big SHOUT OUT to our wonderful friends at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater for providing 280 of our high school drama students the opportunity to experience a professional theatrical production performed in the beautiful Margeson Theater [...] I could sense the students’ excitement about attending the production as they waited for the show to begin. For many of these students, this was their first opportunity to attend a professional production and I am ever grateful to the Orlando Shakespeare Theater for making it possible.” - Debbie Fahmie, Fine & Performing Arts Resource Teacher of Osceola County “We really liked your show, A Year with Frog and Toad. We thought the songs were fun, catchy, and funny. We also liked when Frog and Toad rode on the sled. It was crazy, hilarious, and silly. We are still wondering how Toad got in the water! Our teacher thought that Snail was hysterical. [...] Thank you for making us such a fabulous play!” - Mrs. Faucette’s First Grade Class, Hunter’s Creek Elementary School


You Choose the Play! Recommended 5th – 12th Grade Fee $1200 for up to 20 students. $50 for each additional student (includes all materials) Two professional Actor/Educators visit one classroom for 60 - 90 minutes a day for six days. Students are introduced to the life and times of William Shakespeare and the plot, themes, and characters from one of his plays. As the week progresses, students are given a role in the play and through rehearsals are taught to identify, analyze, and apply new skills to communicate the playwright’s intent through the physical, emotional, and social dimensions of his characters. On the final day, you may invite parents to be dazzled by your students’ very own, unique play! Curriculum Connections Reading, Speaking and Listening, Theater Arts

ELEMENTARY EXPERIENCES Orlando Shakespeare Theater is proud to produce dynamic Theater for Young Audiences and inspiring workshops for students in Pre-K to 4th grade. Our Education Department strives to ignite each student’s imagination and make your curriculum exciting and accessible for learners at every level by integrating the arts into the classroom.

COMMon core connections

Above: Lindsey Kyler Front: Lauren Butler, Casey Noble, & Kelly Kilgore Photos by Tony Firriolo

Reading, Language Arts, Speaking and Listening, Theater


Book and Lyrics by Murray Horwitz and Will Osborne Music and Additional Lyrics by Allen Toussaint Based on the Book “A Good Night for Ghosts” by Mary Pope Osborne Available October 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 November 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22 Recommended 2nd – 5th Grade Length 60 minutes On the eve of All Saints Day – the most haunted night of the year – beloved Magic Tree House characters Jack and Annie must find a young Louis Armstrong and put him on the path to becoming the king of jazz. Featuring a live band, a cast of skilled performers, and a powerful message about dreams, race, and possibilities, this new jazz musical will transport audiences back to 1915 New Orleans, where the streets are filled with music – and the night is filled with ghosts!

at orlando shakes

Theater for Young Audiences introduces your students to theater in a fun and engaging way. Curriculum guides are designed for each production to create natural connections between the play, common core standards, and your grade level curriculum.


Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10:15 a.m. and Noon Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.


$9 per person (Buy ten tickets and the 11th is free)



ON STAGE with JACK and ANNIE Recommended 2nd – 5th Grade Fee $5 per student (student matinee ticket not included) Available dates: October 23, 30 November 13, 16, 20 Enrich your students’ understanding of the inner workings of theater and see how the magic of A Night in New Orleans was created. Jack and Annie will take your class behind the scenes and provide a glimpse into a world the audience rarely gets to see. Students will then participate in exciting theater games and get a taste of what it is like to be an actor. On Stage is available for designated student matinee performances and must be arranged in advance.

At your school Imaginations Alive

Recommended K – 3rd Grade Fee $155 per class (25 students); $400 for 4 classes During this inspiring interactive workshop, students will demonstrate a basic understanding of internal story grammar. They will collaborate with classmates to build and improvise a story of their own creation.

Script and Lyrics by Robert Kauzlaric Music by Paul Gilvary & William Rush Based on the book by Jon Scieszka Available March 27, 28 April 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25 Recommended K – 4th Grade Length 60 minutes Alexander T. Wolf, a.k.a. the Big Bad Wolf, finally gets to tell his side of the story in Piggsylvania’s Trial of the Century and YOU help decide the Wolf ’s fate: guilty or not guilty! Teachers and students will delight in this hilarious courtroom rock musical that is based on Jon Scieszka’s wildly popular book.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Actor/Educators use a series of interactive games and theater exercises to help students effectively employ the elements of character, setting, problem, and solution. Curriculum Connections Reading, Speaking and Listening, Theater Arts SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS Social Studies, Language Arts, Theater Arts, Health

Theater Arts 2013-13  
Theater Arts 2013-13  

Everything you need to know about Orlando Shakes' Theater Arts for education, including in-classroom visits.