The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (#TCWOWSA) is one of those shows that you can’t help but get hyped up about.
Don’t worry, ACT wasn’t sticking it’s nose up in the air saying “This year, let’s do Shakespeare”, although we do love a great Shakespeare show. NO! We thought, “This year, let’s get crazy. Let’s have some fun. Let’s PRETEND to do Shakespeare.”
Yup, you heard that right. Since January, four dudes and their awesome, Madame Director have been rehearsing a show that packs all of Shakespeare’s 37 shows in 90 minutes.
You may ask, “37 shows in 90 minutes” (Heck yes!) “How” (Magic) “Can you do Shakespeare justice in 90 minutes” (In the words of one of the actors, “We don’t have to do it justice, we just have to do it!”)
You don’t have to be a Shakespeare Scholar to understand, love, and laugh your arse off at this show. I PROMISE.
When ACT decided to produce #TCWOWSA, our biggest concern was - will people see the name Shakespeare and run for the hills screaming “I don’t understand Shakespeare” or “Oh, ugh, that won’t be any fun - it’s Shakespeare”. But, I am here to tell you FEAR NOT! This show has four guys who may (or may not) know a lot about Shakespeare and are here to perform the heck out of Shakespeare in a mocking, overly dramatic, laugh your butt off way that will have you questioning “WHY? Why haven’t I ever seen this show before today?!”
So, ladies and gentlemen, you are officially invited. Invited to laugh, laugh until your side hurts and/or laugh until you cry. The cast is ready, the crew is on standby, and the ACT board of Directors is waiting to say, with their nose in the air, “told you it was funny”. (ok -- kidding about that last part.)
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged opens Friday, March 6th at 7:30pm running Friday, Saturday and Sunday March 6,7,8,13,14,15 (7:30pm and 2pm on Sundays). Doors open at the Jasper Arts Center 45 minutes before showtime and tickets are $10.
We can’t wait to see you there!
WARNING! This show contains bawdy, irreverent humor!
by: Jasmine Ruckriegel
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Maybe you are looking for ways to get your child more involved with theatre, maybe you yourself want to learn more about theatre, or perhaps you just want to watch stage shows at home. Whatever your reasons, there are many ways to bring theatre into your home.
We are thankful that NBC brings a live production into millions of homes each year. In case you missed Peter Pan Live, they have it available online. (We hear that next year they are going to showcase The Music Man!) We are glad that this gives many people an opportunity to be exposed to theatre in a new and fresh light. We are equally as grateful that PBS also brings shows into the living room on shows like Live from Lincoln Center.
Below are some other ways you can watch stage productions on your computer to either stream to a TV for your family to watch or just to watch personally.
First up is Digital Theatre. They claim to showcase the best of British theatre. They have titles from Shakespeare to Musicals and they even offer ballet and other stage mediums. This is a great one-stop shop for watching stage shows at home.
Of course, when speaking of British theatre Shakespeare comes to mind. And when speaking of Shakespeare, one can't exclude the Globe Theatre. Thankfully, GlobePlayer.tv allows you to watch many plays on their website.
The Kennedy Center provides exclusive access to performances available online as well. Best of all... they are offered for free!
Fortunately, many shows have been produced on the big screen and small screen. Netflix has a pretty good library of musicals and theatrical productions available to subscribers.
Those are our recommendations. How about you? Did we leave out your favorite way to watch stage shows at home? Let us know in the comments below!
It seems like just yesterday Beauty and the Beast debuted on Broadway, but it was 20 years ago. If you caught the special on ABC Family on December 14, 2014, you had a glimpse into the what it takes to put on a production like that.
The special was hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family fame. He gave a fantastic look backstage with the Broadway casts of Disney’s “The Lion King”, “Aladdin” and the North American Tour of “Newsies”.
“Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years,” also featured music from the Disney on Broadway catalog, including special musical performances from Sir Elton John, Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen (ABC’s “Nashville”), Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”) and Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”).
In addition to the one we posted below, you can see these performances on Disney on Broadway's YouTube channel.
ACT has a rich history that we are very proud of. I reached back into the vault from our 59th Season in 2007 and found the photo below of people in our production of Beauty and the Beast.
If you have photos from your favorite ACT production that you would like to share as we develop our historical database over the next year or so, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.