Friday, November 4, 2011

Students saw some familiar NE Shakespeare faces in some not-so-familiar ways during Omaha Symphony's "Celebrate Creativity"

From November 1-4, NS On Tour Costume Designer, Lydia Dawson, and Director of Production, Wesley Houston, served as presenters at the Omaha Symphony and Joslyn Museum's annual "Celebrate Creativity" program.

 Over the four days, Dawson and Houston held seven hands-on theatrical makeup seminars for 185 middle school students and 37 high school students.

 During the seminars, students were shown how to use theatrical makeup including cross-gendering techniques, aging, and basic corrective methods, but the students favorite activity was creating zombies; the wounded and bruised walking dead.

"We came expecting to show the basics of stage make-up," Houston said, "but the kids wanted to be corpses. You gotta give them what they want."

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Meet the Cast of Much Ado About Nothing!

The Shakespeare On Tour company is gearing up to hit the road for the tour of Much Ado About Nothing. Over the next month, the company will be engaging audiences and holding workshops across the state and surrounding area.

Sarah Carlson-Brown (Beatrice and Verges)
After graduating with a BA in Theatre Performance from UNOmaha, Sarah has worked as a professional actor/educator for the past 8 years, working with Utah Shakespeare Festival, Taffety Punk Theatre in Washington DC, and Nebraska Theatre Caravan. Recently, Sarah was hired as Nebraska Shakespeare╩╝s Associate Artistic Director in charge of Education, after working for 10 years as a company member.

Dan Chevalier (Benedick and Borachio)
Dan is excited to make his debut performance with Nebraska Shakespeare. He most recently appeared as Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Other favorite roles include Puck in Shakespeare in Hollywood and Jack in Into the Woods. Dan is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Russell Daniels (Leonato)
Russell currently resides in NYC. Some of his favorite roles in the past include: Bottom (Midsummer), Dogberry (Much Ado), Chorus (Henry V), and the Baker (Into the Woods). He is excited to be back in Omaha and will next be performing in Nebraska Theatre Caravan's East Coast Production of A Christmas Carol as The Ghost of Christmas Present.

Kersten Katerina Haile (Hero and Dogberry)
Kersten graduated with a BFA in Acting from Millikin University. Previous roles include Juliet- Romeo and Juliet, Puck- A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Maria (understudy Rosaline)- Love’s Labour’s Lost, Laurie- Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Mona (then)- Come Back to the Five and Dime... Unending gratitude to her family, friends, and teachers for the support, love, smiles, hugs, and wisdom.

Matthew Karasek (Claudio and Sexton)
This is Matt's third time working with Nebraska Shakespeare. He has appeared in ensemble roles in the last two summer seasons. He is excited for the new experience of going on tour.

Lauren Krupski (Don John and Margaret)
This is Lauren's third production with Nebraska Shakespeare and her second time performing in Much Ado About Nothing. In 2008, Lauren received her B.A. in Theatre from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Some of her favorite past shows include Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Man of La Mancha, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Kelly Misek, Jr (Don Pedro and Seacoal)
Kelly holds an Acting BFA in classical works from Nebraska Wesleyan. He recently worked with Shakespeare on the Green: Demetrius - A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Laertes – Hamlet. Kelly currently lives in Los Angeles and will soon be appearing as the lead role in the new web-series The League of Ordinary Gamers.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Governor Pronounces April 23rd as inaugural "Talk Like Shakespeare Day."

Governor Dave Heineman announced this morning that April 23rd will be the first annual Talk Like Shakespeare Day across the state of Nebraska.

Starting today, Nebraska Shakespeare is holding a competition for best original Shakespearean phrase. Entries can be made on the website or via Twitter. One winner will be chosen from the web submissions and one winner will be chosen from the "Tweet Like Shakespeare" entries on Twitter. Both winners will receive On the Green gift packages.