A Taste of Shakespeare is an educational and outreach program of the Longmont Theatre Company.
We deliver Shakespearean theater, in free performances, at locations up and down the Front Range. We perform complete shows, as well as skits, songs, stage fighting, and other creative acts
Shakeshops – Free actors’ workshops
During the school year, from September to May, the Taste of Shakespeare outreach program offers free monthly workshops for actors. While the workshops tend to focus on Shakespeare’s works, actors may bring material from any source, and audition practice is encouraged. For ages 13 and up.
Here’s the schedule for upcoming workshops. All shops start at 6:00 with a social time, then we get down to work at 7:00. They tend to run late…
|Date and time||Location and format|
|January 11, 2020. 6:00 pm||Dan and Nanci’s house, 6704 Sunburst Ave, Firestone (MAP)
Format – Standard format. Perfect Hindsight.
|February 22, 2020. 6:00 pm||Dan and Nanci’s house, 6704 Sunburst Ave, Firestone (MAP)
Format – Standard format. Romance?
|March 28, 2020. 6:00 pm||CANCELLED, due to concerns over COVID-19.|
|April 18, 2020. 6:00 pm||Dan and Nanci’s house, 6704 Sunburst Ave, Firestone (MAP)
Format – Standard format. Festivals
Taste of Shakespeare is cancelling the Shakeshop for March 21. While our gatherings are generally smaller than the current limits on large crowds, they do put many people in close quarters for an extended period of time. So – in abundance of caution, and in alignment with the closing of Longmont Theatre Company until mid-April, we will cancel our current activities as well. As we approach the time for our April Shakeshop, we will evaluate conditions at that time.
We do still hope to provide our summer Shakespeare offering, “Much Ado About Nothing”. Auditions for this show are not until May, and the show opens in July. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and follow the guidance of our parent organization, the Longmont Theatre Company.
Our Taste of Shakespeare group is available for hire, to appear in your school. They can deliver scenes from the show your class is studying, or conduct custom acting seminars for your theater class. Contact the TOS Company Manager by e-mail for details
Audiences can enjoy our free stagings of full Shakespeare shows each summer, in indoor and outdoor venues. Watch the season page for details on when and where we perform. And if you want to play instead of watch, then audition for the show! See our audition page for details.
Shakeshop.org – On-line theatrical training
If you can’t join us for workshops or performances, you can still benefit from the training we offer. Many training videos, presentations, and papers are available at Shakeshop.org, a site created and sponsored by some of our “Tasties”.
There are many other sites that have Shakespeare-related materials. Here are a few we like.
|Title and link||Description of site contents|
|Shakespeare’s script and text of plays||A site with the scripts, synopses, biographies, historical information.|
|Shakespeare’s Sonnets||All of Shakespeare’s sonnets, annoted with commentary and explanations. Also contains a single down-loadable text file containing the complete text of all the sonnets.|
|Monologue Archive||A selection of monologues from Shakespeare’s plays.|
|General Shakespeare information|
|Shakespeare On-line||A lot of everything — plays, poems, analysis, essays, etc…|
|About Shakespeare||The “About” database on Shakespeare. More on the plays, poems, biographies, etc.|
|Shakespeare’s Birthplace||Tourist, archival and other related information about Shakespeare’s
birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon.
The Globe Theatre
|A newly expanded site from the home of the rebuilt Globe Theatre in
London. Includes photos, historical information, schedules, and more.
William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon: Brief History, Times and
|Similar to the Birthplace Trust, but focused on the Elizabethan
history of Stratford.
|Historical material with some Shakespeare-related materials|
|Theater Database||Loads of 16th and 17th century stuff (along with loads of stuff from other centuries)|
|English Literature: Early 17th Century||Materials on early 17th century English liturature.|
|Resource Guide to Elizabethan Era Costumes||Information on period costumes.|
|Shakespeare Resource Center||Collected links from all over the World Wide Web to help you find
information of all sorts on William Shakespeare.
|“Who’s on first”, Shakepearean style.||A YouTube recording of a pair of Shakespearan actors doing a variation of Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First”, in iambic pentameter.|
|Shakespearean insult kit||A simple generator for Shakespearan-style insults. Your opponent, unless equally well versed, will have no idea just how badly you impinge his honor.|
|Shakespeare, as inspiration for theater seating||A brief article on Shakespeare, and numerous links to other sources. The reference was located for us by a middle-school student doing extended research with his tutor.|