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A hand up is better than a hand out

My name is Greg Fiebig, executive director of Hoosier Shakes. I’ve taught theatre in Higher Education for the past 20 years, usually at small universities like those in Grant and Wabash counties in Indiana. Part of me always felt a little guilty about teaching and directing students passionate about the performing arts knowing that the chances for them to succeed in the business were slim at best. I know how important contacts are in the performing arts. The adage, “It’s not what you know, but WHO you know,” applies to most any business, but for the theatre practitioner it is absolutely essential to know folks like directors, actors, casting agents, etc.
Hoosier Shakes is, in part, an effort to provide local college students with an opportunity to get their first real break in show business and to develop a network for success by appearing alongside professional artists and directors from across the country. Last season, one of our local actors later auditioned for one of the professional director’s home company and subsequently landed a two-month gig as an actor in Romeo & JuliLIT. So, the networking aspect of our plan paid dividends as well.
Would you help us give a hand up to the young artists-in-training? Your gift of $500.00 would cover the stipend of one of our student actors during our summer season, or you could sponsor them for a week with a gift of $83.00, or $11.90 per day. I cannot begin to tell you what it means to a young artist to get paid, even a modest amount, for their work. It validates their calling, their work, and their passion. And you gift today will begin to build a network in the business that will pay dividends for years to come.
Here’s how YOU can HELP —> https://www.gofundme.com/hoosier-shakes-summer-2017

Video Auditions Accepted!

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

 

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

Project Information:

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.

2017 Directors Named

 

Hoosier Shakes would like to introduce our two amazing directors for the Summer 2017 season!

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Jeremy Fiebig, associate professor of theatre, Fayetteville State University; Founder and Artistic Director, Sweet Tea Shakespeare; MFA, Mary Baldwin University

 

Jeremy Fiebig hails from North Carolina where he serves as Assistant Professor of Theatre at Fayetteville State University. He is founder and Artistic Director/Master of Play at Sweet Tea Shakespeare. He is a proud husband to Nan and dad to Elliott and Owen. Jeremy will be directing Hoosier Shakes’ production of Romeo & Juliet.

 

 

 

 

 

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Marshall B. Garrett, Visiting Professor of Theatre, College of Saint Mary; MFA, Mary Baldwin University

 

 

Marshall B. Garrett comes to us from Maryland, having studied Shakespeare and performance at Mary Baldwin University. In the past he has worked with Sweet Tea Shakespeare, the Milburn Stone Theatre, and the American Shakespeare Center, just to name a few! He currently teaches at College of Saint Mary in Nebraska. Marshall will be directing Much Ado About Nothing for Hoosier Shakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep your eyes open for more from these fantastic directors!

2017 Audition Information

 

Hoosier Shakes will be auditioning and casting 12 actors for our upcoming Summer season! Auditions will be held March 18 at 7:00pm in Elder 146 (IWU Campus). These 12 actors will be cast in both shows, Romeo & Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing, to be rehearsed and performed in repertoire style. Rehearsals will be June 25 – July 18. Performances will be July 19-23, 26-30, and Aug 2-6. Housing and a minimal stipend will be provided. Actors are expected to have their lines memorized before rehearsals begin. Actors are asked to prepare two contrasting Shakespearean one-minute monologues for auditions, and are encouraged to prepare up to 16 bars of a song, accapella; bring an instrument if you play! Accompaniment will not be provided.

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare somewhere between 1591 and 1595, and is one of Shakespeare’s most popular and performed plays. The infamous story follows two star crossed lovers as they battle against the upbringing of their feuding families for the sake of true love.

Romeo: the son of Montague and the male protagonist. Brooding and thoughtful, falls in love with Juliet. (Male, 20s)

Juliet: the daughter of Capulet and the female protagonist. Young, sweet, falls in love with Romeo. (Female, 18-20s)

Tybalt: Juliet’s cousin, primarily concerned with the safety of the family. An excellent swordsman. (20-30s)

Mercutio: Romeo’s best friend. Mischievous and saucy, Mercutio provides some much needed levity to Romeo’s band of friends.

Benvolio: Romeo’s cousin and best friend.
Friar Laurence: a friar, a holy man, and Romeo’s confidante. Attempts to help the star crossed

lovers in their plight.

Various other roles, some of which may be doubled: Prince Escalus: ruling Prince of Verona
Count Paris: related to Escalus, wishes to marry Juliet. Capulet: Juliet’s father and head of the house of Capulet. Lady Capulet: Juliet’s mother.

The Nurse: attendant and confidante to Juliet.
Rosaline: Capulet’s niece. Romeo’s first love.
Peter, Sampson, and Gregory: servants of the Capulet household. Montague: Romeo’s father and head of the house of Montague. Lady Montague: Romeo’s mother.
Abram and Balthasar: servants of the Montague household
Friar John: works with Friar Laurence.
Apothecary: a seller of poison
The Chorus: presenters of the prologues

 

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado is a comedy written by William Shakespeare around 1599. A story centered around rumors, gossip, and eavesdropping, two rivals are tricked into a marriage, and the bonds of true love are tested in the face of lies, plots, disgraced honor, and mistaken identities. A touching romcom with far-reaching themes.

Benedick: a soldier from Padua, companion of Don Pedro. Sarcastic and arrogant, a self-confirmed bachelor and life of the party. (Male)

Beatrice: Leonato’s niece. Smart, sassy, and brash, with no love for the thought of marriage or romance. (Female)

Don Pedro: Prince of Aragon, commander of forces. Likes having his buddies around to meddle in their lovelives.

Don John: Don Pedro’s brother, “the Bastard Prince”.
Claudio: a sweet, sincere man. Benedick’s closest friend and companion to Don Pedro. Leonato: governor of Messina, Italy; Hero’s father.

Various other roles, some of which may be doubled: Antonio: Leonato’s brother.
Balthasar: attendant to Don Pedro
Borachio, Conrade: followers of Don John

Hero: daughter of Leonato, Beatrice’s dearest cousin Margaret, Ursula: attendants to Hero
Dogberry: constable on the night watch.

 

Verges: Dogberry’s partner
The Watch: watchmen of Messina, under service of Dogberry. Friar Francis: a priest.
The Sexton: a judge.
Serving boys, attendants, and messengers.

Hoosier Shakes Awarded IAC Grant

 

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

 

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.

 

“The Plays Will Be Good.”

 

Alan Rickman once shared a story about working on a production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. After a performance, Peter Brook asked the company how they felt things were coming along, so the actors started discussing the moments they didn’t quite feel they were hitting yet, the problem spots, and so forth. Brook listened and then said, “The thing is, you’ll never be as good as the play.”

 

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Candace during pre-show of The Cherry Orchard. Sweet Teas Shakespeare (Fayetteville, NC).

 

Because here’s the thing: Shakespeare’s plays are very good.

Understatement of the year, I know, but I don’t know what other words to use without sounding cliché. We’re all taught it in high school literature classes; we all know we’re at least supposed to agree that Shakespeare’s works are amazing.

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Candace Marie Joice Denver, CO

But really, they are.

If you allow yourself the pleasure of studying the complex, yet stunningly accessible stories, characters, and ideas he created – or better yet, if you allow yourself the pleasure of seeing those stories in action on stage in the hands of gifted performers – you can see how exceptional his plays are for yourself. The pleasure of being an actor is that you get to exist in both those worlds: studying first what he put to the page, and then exploring how to bring to life what you’ve studied for the delight of an audience. It’s a rewarding and challenging right of passage, each and every time.

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Candace in MacBeth

Indeed, Shakespeare’s works are, as Rickman also said, something actors test themselves against. He is the master of storytelling in every sense. In his 37 plays, he has crafted enough dazzling characters and thrilling plots to keep any actor sated for a lifetime of potential roles to explore. The economy and beauty of his words create boundless choices for the actor. The characters are honest and colorfully real. His work is accessible, funny, touching, smart, sexy.

And boy has Hoosier Shakes chosen two of Shakespeare’s most beloved and exciting plays for its inaugural season! I promise, the plays will be good. Very good. And we actors will strive to be at least almost as good as the Bard’s writing.

 – Candace Joice

Candace will portray Olivia in Twelfth Night and Cordelia, the Fool and the 3rd Servant in King Lear.

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”.