a 36-hour whirlwind of Shakespeare

BEGINS: 7am April 24, 2018
ENDS: 7pm April 25, 2018

Yes, 36 hours of programming, completely free.  The doors are open and the coffee is on, so come on in! Come, go, perform, read, talk, exercise, donate! It's all part of Give Local, 2018.  For the schedule of events, see below...

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2017 Shakespeare-a-thon Menu

7-9am Kick Off:  Music, coffee, tea, and scones, plus special guest poet demonstrates how to write a sonnet.
8-10am Student Performance: Waterbury Arts Magnet Sch. performs their production of Freak by Naomi Iizuka, directed by Nina Smith.
10-11am Shakespeare Interactive Workshop:  Join the team for our signature program. See how we impact 55,000 students a year!
11:30-1:30pm Student Performance: A performance by WAMS! On stage is Burial at Thebes by Seamus Heaney, directed by Nina Smith.
1-2pm Folklore Interactive Workshop: Take part in this engaging workshop on Folklore from around the world.  
2-3pm Shakespeare Interactive Workshop:  Join us for this workshop which has taken CT by storm since 1996
3-4pm Waterbury Interactive Spring Tour: One of our greatest, the Neighborhoods Project, with adults from OLLI, our actors and more!
4-5pm Shakesperience Music: Nate Higgins plays hits from Comedy of Errors, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Gulliver’s Travels, Neighborhoods & more
5-6pm Dinner with the Little Women: Enjoy scenes from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, performed by students of Carol Ziske
6-7pm Silent Night: WPD Officer Justin DuVaull and Resident Artist Nathanial W.C. Higgins reenact the Christmas Eve truce of World War I!
7-9pm Tempest in a Teapot: Watch and participate as our actors and musicians sample for you this summer’s outdoor show, The Tempest!
9-10pm 1,001 Nights: Come enjoy an hour of Mediterranean/Persian coffee, sweets, and savories. Complete with music. 

10-12am Shakespeare/Marlowe: This original work depicts a relationship of two playwrights: A signature Shakesperience.
12-4am Sonnets by Candlelight:  Cross “Read all of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets” off the bucket list. Every. Single. Sonnet. Led by Artistic Director Emily Mattina.
4-6am Address Unknown: A staged reading of a play: the story of two men corresponding during the Nazi Party's rise to power.  
6-7am Moebius Magic: Technical Director and designer Jeffrey Lapham holds open office hours to discuss Math and technical theatre.  
7-8am Mind, Body, and Good Articulation!: Perform yoga, meditate, and listen to original pronunciation of Shakespeare’s works.
8-10am Student Performance: Waterbury Arts Magnet School performs The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Emily Mattina and Mr. Scott Schulte.
10-11am Student Performance: Nina Smith returns with her 2 independent study students to perform Breadcrumbs by Jennifer Haley.
11-12pm Environmental Magic: Enjoy a presentation by Cyril May’s alter ego, Cyril the Sorcerer, as he performs magic to illustrate the ways in which we affect our environment.
1-3pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Fresh from a tour of CT, directed by Emily Mattina and performed by Shakesperience Resident Artists.
3-4pm Urban Studies Roundtable:  Join Dr. Ruth Glasser and her students as they discuss their work and research for our Waterbury Interactive program.
4-5pm Shakespeare & Science: Bryan Baker, WAMS science teacher, discusses the science in Shakespeare’s plays with Artistic Director Emily Mattina.
5-6pm Acting Class Finale: Students from our Saturday Acting Intensives present their final performance of The Tempest!
6-7pm: Final countdown party! Everyone is welcome to join in the final countdown of Give Local 2017. Light refreshments will be served.