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2017 Summer Rain Location Announced

Hoosier Shakes is pleased to announce our summer 2017 rain location in Marion will be God’s House (216 W 6th St, just three blocks south of our outdoor location at the 3rd Street Courtyard).

Performances will take place in God’s House in the event of, or threat of, inclement weather. According to Hoosier Shakes Technical Director Ryan Akers, ” We will typically make the call to relocate to our rain location around 4 PM for evening shows and 10:30 AM for Sunday matinees.”

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“God’s House has a very theatrical feel,” Hoosier Shakes Executive Director Greg Fiebig stated. “The space is reminiscent of an indoor theatre back in Shakespeare’s day, complete with a balcony and thrust staging.”

God’s House is happy to provide space to Hoosier Shakes. God’s House, the 2nd oldest church building in Marion, is committed to sharing space for a variety of community events. According to God’s House Intern Director TJ Thompson, “we basically use the building one day a week. It seems a shame not to make good use of the space. We’re excited to welcome Hoosier Shakes this summer.”

Hoosier Shakes will be performing Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado about Nothing in repertory Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 PM July 19-30.

Hoosier Shakes performances are offered to the public on a Pay-What-You-Will basis. There is no cover charge and all ages are welcome.

For more information, visit www.hoosiershakes.com or like and follow Hoosier Shakes on Facebook (www.facebook.com/hoosiershakes).

 

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

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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

 

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.

 

Coming Summer 2017

 

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Hoosier Shakes is pleased to announce our 2017 Summer Season. We will be bringing a couple of audience favorites to the 3rd Street Courtyard in Marion, and the Charley Creek Gardens in Wabash. The shows include “Romeo and Juliet” and “Much Ado About Nothing.”

“Romeo and Juliet” chronicles the tragedy of “a pair of star-crossed lovers” who “take their life.” “Romeo and Juliet” is appealing for a number of reasons, including its “clever dialogue, passionate romance, violent conflict and plant of [remarkable] poetry” (B. Schultz).

“Much Ado About Nothing” is comic tale, which deals with gender, infidelity, deception, and mistaken identity.

Both shows focus on romance, which is always an audience draw.

According to executive director, Greg Fiebig, the show selections were influenced by this year’s audiences, who saw Twelfth Night and Pericles in repertory. “You may recall how we played up the shipwrecks common to both shows this summer,” Fiebig said, “You should look for similar attention to the masquerade balls that Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado have in common.” When was the last time you attended a masquerade?

Tentative performance dates are set for later in the summer. Hoosier Shakes will likely perform at the 3rd Street Courtyard in downtown Marion Wednesdays through Sundays, July 19-23 & 26-30 and at the Charley Creek Gardens – August 2-6.

 

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