Prelude

Welcome to the site for The Shakespeareans of Tamanend Park.

Please refer to the posting "Introduction" below
and examine the end of the page for maps
and details about special events,
such as the parade
or other events
that may occur remotely
from the stage
at the Park.

Cinema Under the Stars is left at the top of the page because the films, which are intended to be shown on alternating weekends, require frequent updating.

The show-times are approximate
because of the changing sunset time and go up when it is dark enough.

You are advised to arrive early to choose a good spot in the field. We have concession items available and in the future may have blankets available for rental.

Be sure to bring insect repellent, although we do use citronella to cut back on mosquitoes, you will need to protect yourself.

Refer to the IMS Virtual Studio for a countdown to the current film showing.

In the Event of Rain;

Live Performances at the stage are canceled if the sky is not clear and the ground dry by 1:00 p.m. with no forecast of rain for the remainder of the day.

For Cinema Under the Stars the ground must be dry by 5:00 p.m. and no forecast for rain that evening.

Unless otherwise specified there is no rain date.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Personnel

Heart-felt thanks to those of you who walked in the parade with us this year.  I've heard good things about our presence and many people were looking forward to seeing us again.

This same posting is present on Facebook as a note if you care to comment there.

I got to thinking about what is happening with The Shakespeareans and I've come to conclude that we need a few principle players involved in order to properly implement these programs.

Not only for practicality sake, in terms of management, but also because there are funding possibilities that we can avail ourselves of if we have an established group of dedicated people, some of which may sit on the Board of Directors.

There have been a number of people helping out from time to time, but I think it is now appropriate to fill specific management roles.  The Board of Directors is another issue.

That being said, I will be looking for the following job titles to be filled.  These will eventually be paid, but they are not yet compensated financially.

These apply to both the  Shakespearean performance time-slots (currently three)  and the Cinema Under the Stars program.  If you are interested, broach the subject with me.

* Stage Manager- to oversee set-up & strike and the operations of the stage during performances, including setting the pre-show & post-show atmosphere and controlling the backstage activities  and to participate in some degree in the maintenance and improvement of the stage facility.

* Technical Director- to implement the directives of the stage facility maintenance and improvement, to construct and maintain the inventory of materials and supplies for the stage, to supervise access to the shop and supplies, to implement the technical requirements of incoming productions and to oversee the operation of the technical requirements of any production as it is presented to the public.

* House Manager- to oversee set-up & strike and the operations of the front of house during performances.  Set-up includes the lighting on the trails and the signage directing the public to the stage during Cinema Under the Stars and Shakespearean Performance and grooming the field, stage area and trails. (the fields are mowed by the Public Works, but we mow a smaller area again to identify the parameters of the seating area and to groom around the concessions stand)

* Box Office Manager- to supervise the operations of the concessions stand and assure that all elements are properly implemented, that the published materials are disseminated, that the public is aware of the need for contributions and that packaged foodstuffs are available for purchase.  In the case of a ticketed event- to hand all monies and tickets and to coordinate with security when that is present.

* Marketing Director- to disseminate the appropriate publicity materials to local businesses and individuals and to market The Shakespearean Journal to potential sponsors, to distribute press releases and to explore other media opportunities for publicity.

* Program Producers/Directors- programs presented at The Meadow Amphitheatre will each have their own staff and numerous programs may be combined to create one presentation.  Each program is required to have it's own budget and raise it's own production funds.  Some resources are available and provided by the facility. The facility is being developed to have a fixed number of resources available. Any special resources required for a production need to be gathered by that production. Likewise, personnel for each production need to be gathered by the producer of that production.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The 2010 Shakespearean who walked in the Parade


I would like to offer a warm and heartfelt thank you to all of you who have worked so hard on both the parade and the performance schedule which took place on the Fifth of July this year.  This was our first attempt to make a presentation in the midst of all the events going on around Southampton Days and our performances at the stage made a nice presentation considering the how much was going on all morning long and the number of details that needed to be tended to.

We had 10 folks walking in the parade along with a horse and wagon. It became clear that the horse and wagon is a very important part of what we do in the parade, because it gives us an anchor point to work around and it gives us a way for folks to take a rest from walking.

We had Robin Hood, Little John, Maid Marion, The Sheriff of Nottingham and two of his henchmen, Ladies Elizabeth & Justine, and our wagoneers which included our Queen from last year and one of the bandits from Sherwood forest.

I want to especially thank Lisa Kuffs for her fantastic costume which was gorgeous and had amazing bead work, all done by her own hand.  If anyone out there wants to have costumes made, you might talk to her about that. She does excellent work.


I was surprised to find that the general invitation for Renaissance Folk in the area to join us in the parade did not produce results.  As a thespian, I can ask the question "Where else in this area can you have an audience of ten thousand in on day".  I'm sorry more folks did not choose to join us.  We all had a lot of fun.

We all want to give a special thanks to Bucks County Carriages of Solebury for being willing to come down to be in the parade, even though our fund raising for the parade got off to a slow start this year.

I would also like to thank Southampton residents Mike & Cindy Lally for their excellent work on painting the drops for this years presentation. They look marvelous and added a great dimension to the stage. The feeling back stage was so much more energetic because the drops made the stage feel more professional.

I can't forget to mention anther couple of Southampton residents Gary & Lise (our Lady Elizabeth) for their hard work in helping to prepare the stage for both the "Cinema Under the Stars " and the afternoon performances on the fifth. I'm sorry I forgot to entice Lise onto the stage to do some reading in Spontaneous Shakespeare. (a program that needs to be managed differently to make it more effective)

It is very important that we have residents of Southampton  helping us to set-up and operate these programs, not the least of which is because I do not want to burn people out with seeing me doing all the introductions onstage.  I tend to forget important details and ramble on (as evidenced by the video tape of the performance.  On that vein please refer to the Performance Review posting.

Thanks again to all of you who have participated, in costume, backstage and our sponsors who have helped us greatly with the burden of expense... and also to the folks who came to the performance and  contributed generously to show their appreciation.  AG
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