Call for theatre makers!

Shakespeare out of the box: Whose Bard is it Anyway?For Shakespeare’s birth(and death)day, April 23, MAT is again looking to celebrate the Bard of Avon in a creative way. Last year we hosted a livestream event featuring monologues or scenes from every play Shakespeare wrote – with a few poems thrown in to boot. They were performed by current and former MAT actors literally around the globe, we had actors in Australia, England, New York, Huston, L.A., Missoula, Sidney (MT) and of course Havre (to name a few).

This year we wanted to do something a little bit different… but first a little background. Dr. Valerie Guyant and Dr. Grant Olson were having a little conversation about Shakespeare, and began wondering – what sort of lives would Shakespeare’s characters have outside of the events of the scripts they were created in? Then the question became – what if Hamlet could have a chat with Romeo?

 
So that is the basis for this year’s Shakespeare Project:

We would like our MAT theatre makers to form teams of 3-4 actors and, if you like, someone to manage the script and/or direct.

MAT will then provide you with:
  • Character descriptions of one of Shakespeare’s well-known characters for each of the actors.
  • Scripts for each of the plays that the characters appeared.
    (Printed if you are in Havre or can pick them up, electronic if you are outside the area)
You will then be responsible to:
  • Develop a scenario in which these characters could possibly encounter each other.
  • Rehearse the scenario to create a sort of ‘script’ (we use this term loosely – it could be fully formed text, or a type of rehearsed Improv) that is about 10 – 15 min long.
Then – the scenario will have to be recorded on Video.

If you are in Havre, MAT will provide you ONE HOUR of video time sometime before the 20th of April – this includes a multi camera setup for a single shot – no editing.

Or

You can record and edit your own video and submit it back to us before the 20th of April.

 
Then on Friday April 23 we will stream all of your videos from the MAT website.

We are sure there will be many questions- but to answer a few:

The language does not have to be in verse, but it certainly can be!
Remember that Shakespeare’s plays have been transported all over – from Japan to the Moon – so don’t worry about the original setting or time period. (But if those constraints help make the scenario work – use them)
MAT will not be able to create costumes, sets, or props for you – but we will be able to set up appointments to look at our stock.
Use your imagination – we wanted as few ‘Rules’ as possible to help spur some creative developments.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Grant!

youth workshops

Youth Activities Director, Angela Pratt, has designed a program specifically for youth to expand their knowledge and skills in theatre.

Workshops meet on Mondays and Wednesdays 4pm-6pm at the Creative Leisure Building

 

April Topic
Costume Design and Construction

 

These workshops are open to youth in grades 6-12.
Cost is $50/monthly session of 8 workshops.

There is a $15 discount for each additional child in the family and scholarships are available.

For more details about the youth projects, please visit our Youth Programs page.

 

March 13, 2021

Greetings MAT Family and Friends!

This has been a very difficult year for live art – but MAT is waiting in the wings to get back on stage. We have managed to create a few events in the last year to keep things going, including: A birthday party for Shakespeare with performers around the globe performing excerpts from all 38 of the plays attributed to the Bard of Stratford. We were also able to safely conduct our Children’s Theatre Camps and Youth Production of The Wizard of OZ over the summer. We worked with KNMC to host a few livestream music events (right from the taverna on Kalokairi). We even managed to produce and livestream our annual 24-hour play festival.

In February, under the direction of Angela Pratt, MAT launched a new after school theatre training program for middle-school and high-school aged students. We have worked with the Hill-County Health Department to create a safe environment while we teach some essential theatre skills to our younger members.

 

Looking to the future, MAT is planning another fun online event for Shakespeare’s Birthday on the 23rd of April. Sticking with the most famous playwright in the English language, MAT is planning on producing its first full-length production of a play by Shakespeare in over seven years. This June we intend on creating a live outdoor production of the hilarious comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, where the community can safely see some live theatre under the Big Sky of Northern Montana. 

We are also still planning on moving forward with our Children’s Theatre Camps and Youth Production this summer following all appropriate protocols to ensure the safety of our students and Interns. We are still working out how we can revive Ticked-off and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with as many of the original cast members as possible. Additionally, we are tentatively planning on opening Mamma Mia! this September with as many of the original cast as possible – but we are pretty sure some roles will have to be filled. We are so deeply thankful for all of the support, and the generous donations that you have given us to keep us going. MAT sees some light at the end of the tunnel, so we ask you all to remain vigilant and soon we will be able to see you all again.
Thank you
Grant Olson
Artistic Director
Montana Actors’ Theatre

March 13, 2021

Greetings MAT Family and Friends!

This has been a very difficult year for live art – but MAT is waiting in the wings to get back on stage. We have managed to create a few events in the last year to keep things going, including: A birthday party for Shakespeare with performers around the globe performing excerpts from all 38 of the plays attributed to the Bard of Stratford. We were also able to safely conduct our Children’s Theatre Camps and Youth Production of The Wizard of OZ over the summer. We worked with KNMC to host a few livestream music events (right from the taverna on Kalokairi). We even managed to produce and livestream our annual 24-hour play festival.

In February, under the direction of Angela Pratt, MAT launched a new after school theatre training program for middle-school and high-school aged students. We have worked with the Hill-County Health Department to create a safe environment while we teach some essential theatre skills to our younger members.

 

Looking to the future, MAT is planning another fun online event for Shakespeare’s Birthday on the 23rd of April. Sticking with the most famous playwright in the English language, MAT is planning on producing its first full-length production of a play by Shakespeare in over seven years. This June we intend on creating a live outdoor production of the hilarious comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, where the community can safely see some live theatre under the Big Sky of Northern Montana. 

We are also still planning on moving forward with our Children’s Theatre Camps and Youth Production this summer following all appropriate protocols to ensure the safety of our students and Interns. We are still working out how we can revive Ticked-off and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with as many of the original cast members as possible. Additionally, we are tentatively planning on opening Mamma Mia! this September with as many of the original cast as possible – but we are pretty sure some roles will have to be filled. We are so deeply thankful for all of the support, and the generous donations that you have given us to keep us going. MAT sees some light at the end of the tunnel, so we ask you all to remain vigilant and soon we will be able to see you all again.
Thank you
Grant Olson
Artistic Director
Montana Actors’ Theatre

Lyrics by Angela Murri Performed by cast members of MAT’s production of Mamma Mia coming soon!

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