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Video Auditions Accepted!

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Hello All!

We’ve received a few requests for information on how to submit a video audition.

For those of you who cannot make it to our Hoosier Shakes 2017 Season Auditions in Marion, IN but still want to try out for our fabulous company, there is a simple, easy way to do that!

The first step is to video yourself and your full audition (Two contrasting classical one minute monologues, and 16 bars of a song in acapella or with your own acoustic instrumental accompaniment).

Once that is done you have two options; 1) upload your video to YouTube and send us a copy of the link!

Or 2) Send your video directly to us in an email. [We will upload these videos to YouTube in order to make viewing them a little easier for our casting directors]

Please send all info to AD@hoosiershakes.com no later than 7pm on March 18th to be considered.

If you have any questions please ask them! You can request more information at info@hoosiershakes.com.

Happy Auditioning!

Hoosier Shakes uses Community Foundation grant to bring Shakespeare to Downtown Marion

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Hoosier Shakes recently received a 5,000 grant from the Irving Family Endowment Fund through The Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, Inc. Thanks to this grant, Hoosier Shakes will able to produce Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet along with Much Ado about Nothing this summer at the 3rd Street Courtyard in downtown Marion July 19-23 and 26-30. Hoosier Shakes will also perform at the Charley Creek Gardens as part of the Wabash Arts Fest August 2-6

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Marion, IN, Tuesday, January 31, 2017 — Executives at Hoosier Shakes have announced winning grant from the Community Foundations for a new season of shows just in time for upcoming Auditions. Such an outstanding achievement is yet another quality collaboration and the promise of good things to come. Greg Fiebig, executive Director for Hoosier Shakes praised the new initiative as exciting and is grateful for the Community Foundation’s grant program.

3StCourtyard“We’ve been waiting to see our second summer season take shape for quite some time,” Fiebig said in reaction to the news. “Obviously, this wait has been well worth it. This Grant will allow us to continue our “Pay What You Will” performances in downtown Marion, making Shakespeare accessible to everyone.”

 

This announcement comes on the heels of Hoosier Shakes’ Inaugural Season, Shakespeare Theatre Association membership, and Indiana Arts Commission Grant.

The mission of, Hoosier Shakes is a semi-professional, non-profit, repertory-style theatre that produces Shakespearean pieces and other original works. We seek to engage the audience through accessible and entertaining experiences. Thus, their clear enthusiasm for live Shakespeare in performance.

We hope that Romeo & Juliet and Much Ado about Nothing will also receive a thumbs-up from Grant County community, as we perform at the 3rd Street Courtyard this summer.

About Hoosier Shakes:

Founded in 2013, Hoosier Shakes is a unique initiative with goals to:

  • to vitalize the performance of Shakespeare and other drama for the diverse communities of Grant and Wabash Counties, Indiana by presenting inspiring, accessible, literate, experiential theatrical performance;
  • 2) to foster community and fellowship around the enterprise of theatre in outdoor and other beautiful spaces.
  • 3) to provide exceptional avenues for artists and audiences of all backgrounds to take part in recovering the joys of Shakespeare and live performance.image001

About Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, Inc.

The Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, Inc. is an advocate for local philanthropy and is dedicated to connecting people who care with causes that matter. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1984, the Foundation works with donors to establish charitable funds and supports non-profit organizations through a variety of grant-making efforts. The Community Foundation connects people, resources, and causes to promote sustainable impact towards the betterment of Grant County. Currently the Community Foundation holds over 300 different funds that benefit worthy charities and charitable causes in Grant County. For more information, please visit www.GiveToGrant.org or call 765.662.0065.

Hoosier Shakes Awarded IAC Grant

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Hoosier Shakes was awarded an Indiana Arts Commission Arts Project Grant for the year of 2017 from the Regional Initiative Grant [RIG] Program in November 2016.

The RIG program supports different arts organizations through the contribution of funding. By doing this, the program will ensure that all Indiana citizens can have access to quality arts and cultural activities. Regional Initiative Grant programs include Arts Project Support and Mini grants, Arts Operating Support I and Arts Operating Support II.

These grants are managed through the Regional Arts Partners, which are community-based Indiana organizations that focus on providing better access to a variety of arts services within their designated counties.

Executive Director Greg Fiebig said, “the Indiana Arts Commission grant will give a boost toward our financial needs. To be specific, the Arts Commission grant ensures we will be able to cover the professional actor stipends during their time with us.”

Hoosier Shakes has operated on a “pay-what-you-will” basis. At each show, patrons were asked to make a charitable contribution to meet costs. Although this was enacted in 2016, it only accounted for about one-tenth of the budget. The rest of their income is fulfilled from organizational sponsors and private donors.

Hoosier Shakes Joins Shakespeare Theatre Association

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The Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA) was established to provide a forum for the artistic, managerial, educational leadership for theatres primarily involved with the production of the works of William Shakespeare; to discuss issues and methods of work, resources, and information; and to act as an advocate for Shakespearean productions and training.

When Hoosier Shakes elected to join the Shakespeare Theatre Association, they pro-actively engaged 100s of years of producing experience and gave themselves a leg up on program delivery in the three areas the organization embraces–education, artistic, and management. STA prides itself on offering guidance and mentoring services to its membership and will be able to help Hoosier Shakespeare figure out initiatives and challenges, both at the annual gatherings and through the networks those meetings will help Hoosier Shakespeare to build and deploy.

Past conferences have focused on big picture topics, such as Strategic Planning, Capital campaigns, ticketing systems, and other minutae like production choices for a particular title taken by several companies, workshop approaches in like manner, and even a close reading of a single scene. In addition, STA member theatres bring a variety of expertise to share, from Shakespeare in Prisons, to Performance Interpreting for deaf and blind audiences, to “original practices” Shakespeare and are a willing and warm group eager to embrace new membership and help them on their journey.

One feature of the annual conference is the opening session in which each group introduces themselves and shares information about their theatre, new members have the chance to be paired with a long-time member who will serve as their ally both throughout the weekend and in the coming year. The remaining founders and past presidents regularly convene special sessions to introduce the new members to the mission and motivations of the organization. And, each conference offers theatres a chance to convene with others in similar situations–budget level, career focus, and board/university relationships. All of these sessions allow membership the chance to share experiences in ways that are instructive.

Taking the initiative to join STA in the early stages of production history will give Hoosier Shakes a solid foundation of friends to lean on, to consult with, and to reach out to. Moreover, they will find that they have invited champions of their work into the arena where it can most benefit them, as artists, as constructive critics, and as practical guides. This action shows the strong planning and thinking of the artistic and management team and it bodes well for the future of the organization.

 

SEE Pericles in the Courtyard TONIGHT!

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Shakespeare’s Pericles will be performed in the 3rd Street Courtyard tonight beginning at 7:30 PM. Come early for some fun preshow festivities. BRING A LAWN CHAIR OR BLANKET!

Pericles is a tragi-comedy written by William Shakespeare. It depicts a “character-laden tale of families fragmented by shipwreck and mistaken deaths”

(http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/pericles/context.html).
PAY WHAT YOU WILL!!!

Downtown Marion Rain Location

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Folks, we are excited to bring Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Pericles to the 3rd Street Courtyard beginning this Wednesday. We will perform “rain or shine.” In the event of rain or inclement weather, we will perform on the 2nd floor of the Grant County YMCA. The venue change will be posted on our Facebook page (facebook.com/hoosiershakes). Signs will be posted on the courtyard gate. And announcements will be made on local radio stations, including The Fortress 94.3 FM and Star 104.9.

Accessible Shakespeare

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Starting this week, Hoosier Shakes will perform “Pericles” and “Twelfth Night” at Charley Creek Gardens in Wabash and 3rd Street Courtyard in Marion without charging admission.

“We want to make Shakespeare accessible to everybody,” Executive Director Greg Fiebig said.

The company will perform June 8-12 at Charley Creek Gardens and
June 15-26 at the 3rd Street Courtyard, partnering with local vendors to provide snacks before the show and during intermission. The cost of the performance is a free-will donation.

 

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“It’s a pay-what-you-will basis. So you come to a show. If you like what you see, you make a donation. … There are no ticket prices,” Fiebig said.

According to Fiebig, expensive ticket prices keep the public from attending theatre productions.

The company will perform using techniques similar to those used in Shakespeare’s day. These original practices include several costumes and props long with fast-paced delivery and audience interactions.

 

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“Shakespeare’s talent was seeing people and stories and putting them on stage in such a way that we can recognize ourselves and those around us,” Katie Wampler, the artistic director for Hoosier Shakes, said. “The stories resonate with us because we are living and seeing those stories around us.

Fiebig said he hopes to put on skeleton performances in local schools in the fall of 2017 in an effort to reach out to an audience of a younger age group.

“It’s unbelievable how accessible Shakespeare can be,” he said.

 

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By Megan Herrema and Rebekah Hardwicke

(Exit, pursued by a bear)

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William Shakespeare was a special guy. If we’re still putting his shows on 400 years later he must have done something right. I caught the Shakespeare bug 4 years ago at the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, Virginia performing  Pericles. Here I am 4 years later and I’m doing Pericles again. The beauty of Shakespeare is that you can put these shows on dozens of times and every experience is different. Every time I look at one of his scripts I find a new nuance in his writing that astounds me. The thing I love about being able to do both Pericles and Twelfth Night  at Hoosier Shakes is that I get two different visions of two classic plays from our directors and that, to me, is the essence of modern Shakespeare. Since we are not able to communicate with the Bard, it’s up to us as actors and directors to bring our own styles and ideas to the words we are given. That’s why we can have one version of Romeo and Juliet set in its original Verona and another set in Verona Beach. It doesn’t matter where it’s set or how the script is cut, Shakespeare’s words still hold strong all these years later and it is this longevity that draws us time and time again to the theater to watch his plays. Its why Shakespeare companies like Hoosier Shakes are popping up all the country. I’m proud that I get to speak these timeless words onstage and I can only hope I do his characters justice.

 

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Stage Manager as Storyteller

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Actors play the stage. Directors guide the actors, but the stage manager… What actually does a stage manager do?

This schooner from Pirates of Penzance may not look like Joanna, but she is the propulsion for it.
This schooner from Pirates of Penzance may not look like Joanna, but she is the propulsion for it.

Hello, I am Joanna Ruhl, the stage manager for Pericles and a jack of all trades. You won’t see me on the stage, but behind the scenes I have many jobs. Communication between the entire company, documentation of rehearsals, and acting as an unofficial sounding board are a few of my many roles within Hoosier Shakes this summer, not to mention keeping the shows on their feet when the directors leave. Fortunately, I share this responsibility with Elizabeth (Bizzy) Miner, the stage manager for Twelfth Night.

Joanna in the play Seven.
Joanna in the play Seven.

I have always been a storyteller, but more or less stumbled upon theater as a profession. Since I was young, I have had eclectic interests. I liked to use my hands to craft and create without neglecting the more analytical side of my brain. When searching for colleges my majors of choice ranged from molecular biology to theater. I picked theater. It wasn’t that molecular biology didn’t fascinate me, but rather that deep down I always looked for the story involved. Once this realization hit me, things fell into place and I landed at Indiana Wesleyan University as a Theater Major.

Here, in theater, I found a home for all my eclectic interests. Any particular day moves from constructing or painting a set with my hands to the study of the rhetoric and words of a script with my mind, moving in and out of a 3D conceptual image till it becomes a reality for the audience. I believe this is the magic of theater: to watch as words from a page become worlds on a stage. My job as a stage manager is to protect and guide this process so the production can blossom before the audience with a connection through story. I am honored this summer to join the team of Hoosier Shakes to bring Pericles and Twelfth Night from the page to the stage for the people of Grant County and beyond.

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Joanna’s scene design (before & after) for “Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage.”

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Twelfth Night and Pericles will be performed in repertory at Charley Creek Gardens in Wabash, IN, June 8-12 and the 3rd Street Courtyard in Marion, IN, June 15-19 and 22-26. Pre show entertainment will commence at 7:00 PM. shows will begin at 7:30 PM. Approximately run-time for each show is 2 hours and 15 minutes. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

Performances are offered on a Pay-What-You-Will basis. If you like what you see, make a donation to Hoosier Shakes, Inc. during intermission or after the show. Donations may be made online through the Hoosier Shakes account on Paypal: Login to Paypal.com and send money to “info@hoosiershakes.com”.

This is Getting Real!

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Shakespeare. The name alone foments an array of emotions from the deepest regions of my soul. I love Shakespeare. I loathe Shakespeare. Shakespeare makes me laugh and cry, sometimes simultaneously. Shakespeare disgusts me and yet, somehow, arouses me. But this all pertains to reading the works of the Bard. Ask me how I feel about playing any of these fantastic characters. Go ahead and ask. Terrified! That’s how I feel.

WhenHoosier Shakes Executive Director Greg Fiebig first mentioned Hoosier Shakes to me a few years ago, I thought, “How awesome will that be for some other actor.” Then Fiebig asked me if I intended to audition. For those of you not in the know, one does not simply say “No” to Greg. At least, not with ease. More often than not, you simply say “Sure”, or some variant thereof. Of course I said yes to auditioning, fear of being cast notwithstanding. How could I not at least audition? After all, there have to be much better suited actors for this sort of shindig than the odd fellow with the long arms and stumpy torso that rudely breaks fellow actors’ audition concentration with off color joking, nonsensical stories and sentences that run on for days without an end in sight. Then came the call from Hoosier Shakes Artistic Director Katie Wampler. I was being offered roles in two plays. Oh man, things just got really real. Two shows! Learning two shows at the same time. Crafting my take on multiple characters…at the same time. Collaborating with immensely talented actors and directors on two shows…AT THE SAME TIME! It goes without saying that I felt a little overwhelmed, but I did accept the challenge offered to me.

Normally, I don’t get nervous. My ego is too big to allow any room for nervousness. But as the day rapidly approaches when I will come together with my fellow actors, I find that nervousness has become a helpful aid. It forces me to put in more work than I ever have before for any show. And even though I have convinced myself that I am still going to be the least prepared when rehearsals start, I cannot hardly wait to begin this incredible journey with these amazing people. Shakespeare will always scare me a little as an actor. But at least now I can say that he makes me nervous, too! In all seriousness, I am truly excited to see what lies in store in just a few more days.

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Twelfth Night and Pericles will be performed in repertory at Charley Creek Gardens in Wabash, IN, June 8-12 and the 3rd Street Courtyard in Marion, IN, June 15-19 and 22-26. Pre show entertainment will commence at 7:00 PM. shows will begin at 7:30 PM. Approximately run-time for each show is 2 hours and 15 minutes. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

Performances are offered on a Pay-What-You-Will basis. If you like what you see, make a donation to Hoosier Shakes, Inc. during intermission or after the show. Donations may be made online through the Hoosier Shakes account on Paypal: Login to Paypal.com and send money to “info@hoosiershakes.com”.