Short Shakes at Seattle Shakespeare Company is more than just putting on a play, it is an experience that fosters compassion, creates better listeners, promotes critical thinking, and develops courage. And it’s a whole lot of fun with new friends. Who knew a play could do all that?
You will audition, rehearse, and perform your own classic play. Seattle theatre professionals lead a seven-week process that culminates in three performances. All the while, you’ll make friends, learn about Shakespeare’s language, discover basic acting concepts and techniques, hone your comedy skills, and step into roles that may stretch you, but in a good way.
Fall 2017 Short Shakes: The Government Inspector
by Nikolai Gogol
When small town officials mistake an inventive clerk for an undercover inspector sent to root out corruption, the whole village flies into a tailspin. A comic web of bribery, lies, and rampaging self-delusion entangles everyone in chaos.
Enrollment Fee: $375 ($315 early-bird before August 1st)
Enrollment Deadline: September 17, 2017
Start Date: October 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Rehearsal schedule: Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays from 6:00-8:30 pm until November 12, 2017
Performances: Monday November 13, & Tuesday November 14 at 7:00 pm
Spring 2018 Short Shakes: The Merchant of Venice
by William Shakespeare
The wealthy heiress Portia is forced to set her suitors a challenge for her hand in marriage. In order to woo her, Bassanio finances his plan with money borrowed from his friend Antonio. All would be fine except Antonio has taken out a loan from the moneylender Shylock on the assurance that his ships will make it back to the city. They don’t, and Shylock demands repayment with a pound of Antonio’s flesh. Students will perform on our main stage!
Enrollment Fee: $375 ($315 early-bird before January 1st)
Enrollment Deadline: February 2, 2018
Start Date: February 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Rehearsal schedule: Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays from 6:00-8:30 pm until April 1, 2018
Performances: Monday, April 2 and Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm