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FAQs

Attending our shows

Q:

Who is Unleashing Shakespeare?

A:

We are students in Miam-Dade County, seeking a fun way to learn about history, theater, and public speaking through the works of William Shakespeare. Most of us are homeschooled, and some of us have already graduated high school.

Students register for the full year to attend weekly classes focused on one play per year. Performances are then given in May for two weeks.

We perform in a small warehouse theater near Costco Kendall. The theater's intimate size allows guests a close encounter with the actors on stage.

 

Q:

What about the romantic scenes in this show? Is this appropriate for youth?

A:

We will revise the script to eliminate any overt vulgarity or explicit romance. Kisses will be restricted to mostly hand kisses where the actor kisses his own own hand while making it look like it is the other person's hand being kissed. We will also train our actors in a "fake" stage kiss, which involves no actual kissing of the other person (but will require close proximity of the actors' faces). Please Google "fake stage kiss" for more info--this is different from a "stage kiss" where the actors actually kiss.

Performing in our shows

Q:

Isn't Shakespeare boring/out of fashion/difficult?

A:

Not this production! Along with using the "No Fear Shakespeare" text, we will be offering

  • a fun way to expose youth to classic literature, while bringing it to life in an engaging understandable way
  • full explanations to help make the text accessible to students of modern English
  • a humorous side to Shakespeare--despite this play being categorized as a tragedy
  • physical comedy
  • staged swordplay
  • dancing
  • a chance to make friends
  • a great opportunity to add to middle and high school transcripts, where students can earn or contribute to credits for:
    • English literature
    • European literature
    • history
    • public speaking
    • performing arts
    • physical education
    • team building
    • theater production
    • art
    • drama
    • entrepreneurial skills
    • community service

Q:

How do I participate?

A:

Actors and actresses must audition for parts. Auditions are now closed, but actors might be able to still get a role. Please contact us to discuss.

We are actively seeking help behind the scenes to help us with production and administration. See the list of areas we need help.

Q:

Who may participate?

A:

While we primarily serve homeschooled students in the Miami area, we welcome parents and friends who wish to help. Because this is an ensemble production, participants (on stage and behind the scenes) must be dedicated to arriving on time, according to schedule, and with a positive attitude.

Our production can use you if you are a(n):

  • actor
  • wanna-be actor
  • artist
  • dancer
  • choreographer
  • musician
  • publicist
  • graphic designer
  • techno nerd
  • carpenter
  • seamstress
  • creative type
  • logistics expert
  • stage manager
  • anyone willing to help!

Q:

Is there a cost involved?

A:

Yes, for us the producers and you the actors. Producing a show of excellence requires us to invest in costumes, sets, props, facilities rental, professional services, etc. 

Class fee: $70/actor/month (September - May)
Supply fee: $60/actor
Costume fee: $50-$100/character

Sibling discounts and work-scholarships will be available. Nobody will be turned down because of an inability to pay. Volunteers behind the scenes do not have to pay.

Q:

Are there financial aid or discounts available?

A:

Yes! We will offer the following sibling discounts:

  • 50% off monthly tuition for the second and third child in same family
  • families pay only for the first three children--all other children are free

NOBODY will be turned away for an inability to pay.

We will offer partial work-scholarships for those who can't meet the full monthly tuition commitment. This will involve helping in responsibilities behind the scenes, such as emailing parents, helping out with staging or costumes, preparing the rehearsal room, etc. See a list of ways to help here.

 

Q:

Is there "homework"?

A:

No, other than prepare your lines, and have read and/or seen the play in its entirety (or read an age-appropriate adaptation for younger participants), there is no homework for this experience. Participants are encouraged to do additional background research on William Shakespeare, the Globe Theater, and acting in general--but none of this is required for participation.

We aim for this to be a fun learning experience that develops your appreciation for the theater arts and the rich language of antiquity. While we may check your understanding of the play and its dialogue from time-to-time, this is meant to reinforce the ideas being presented and to help you better perform rather than to "test" you. We will also provide additional support materials throughout the semester.

Our rehearsals will focus on the actual play itself, and the acting techniques required to present it.

 

Q:

Will I have to learn a lot of lines?

A:

Not necessarily! We have plenty of parts that have minimal-to-no dialogue despite being significant roles in the play.  While 8 characters have 70 lines or more, most characters have 40 lines or fewer, with 25 lines being average for the smaller speaking roles. Of course, if we double-cast members (actors play multiple roles), the amount of lines will increase according to actors' willingness and ability to take on more.