High School Outreach
There are a variety of opportunities for groups of high school students to connect with Toronto Masque Theatre in our 2015-16 season:
1) Attend a dress rehearsal:
Groups of 10 or more high school students can attend a dress rehearsal of a Mainstage Toronto Masque Theatre production for the low price of $10 per student (readily waived for students in need). Teachers attend for free. Dress rehearsals include an introduction by the TMT creative team and a chance to meet the performing artists in a post-rehearsal talkback.
DRESS REHEARSAL #1: THE MUMMERS' MASQUE by Dean Burry
Move over Handel, watch out Scrooge. Get ready for a rollicking alternative to your usual seasonal offerings: a celebration of the 400-year old Newfoundland holiday tradition of mummering – when holiday revelers, in disguise, roam door-to-door offering entertainment in the form of music, dance and storytelling.
The beautiful Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is the perfect venue for this Mummer retelling of the adventures of St George (Shannon Mercer), his encounters with a rival knight and dragon (both played by Marion Newman) and romantic shenanigans with the mysterious Princess Zebra (Christopher Mayell). Hosted by Father Christmas (Giles Tomkins), with step dancers, a children’s choir and an all-star jug band featuring Andrew Downing, Joseph Macerollo, Ed Reifel and others led by Larry Beckwith. Directed by Derek Boyes.
Where & When
The historic Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity Street
1:00 pm, Thursday 17 December 2015, 1 hour 40 minutes duration
DRESS REHEARSAL #2: THE FAIRY QUEEN by Henry Purcell
Set in the enchanted world of A Midsummer’s Night Dream, this “Restoration spectacular” from 1692 is a masterpiece of the masque art form. Inspired by the themes of Shakespeare’s play – poetry, sleep, love, nature and marriage – Purcell weaves song, chorus and dance into five short masques that contain some of his most sublime music. Designed as a popular entertainment in its day, The Fairy Queen is the ideal introduction to Baroque masque.
Join us in a setting rich in history for an innovative performance of one of the precious gems created by England’s greatest composer, featuring a wide array of TMT artists, including dancers, singers, and an instrumental ensemble led from the violin by Larry Beckwith. Directed by Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière.
Where & When
The historic Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue
1:00 pm, Friday 27 May 2016, duration TBA (approx. 3 hours including break)
2) Download a study guide and learn more about the masque in your classroom:
Study guides include a general introduction to the masque tradition and a complete history of Toronto Masque Theatre, as well as lesson ideas, activities and assignments to facilitate a "Masque unit," perfect for music, drama, English or dance classes.
To compliment the open dress rehearsal, a complete guide to the enjoyment of the rollicking Canadian Christmas classic The Mummers’ Masque, by Dean Burry, including a biographical sketch of the composer, a history of the Newfoundland tradition of mummering and an introduction to unique and unusual instruments in the band! (in preparation for our December production)
To compliment the open dress rehearsal, a complete guide to the enjoyment of one of the most charming stage works ever written, The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell (1659-1695), including a biographical sketch of the composer, background on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and an introduction to the performance practice of music from the Baroque era (in preparation for our May production)
- A biographical sketch of the influential poet and playwright Ben Jonson (1572-1637) and an introduction to his important stage works (in preparation for our October Salon)
An introduction to the music theatre traditions of India and a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a brand-new masque for Toronto Masque Theatre by composer Juliet Palmer and librettist Anna Chatterton (in preparation for our February Salon)
ay not need this for the highschool offering as they won’t be coming to the Salons.
3) Invite Toronto Masque Theatre to your school for an informative talk and demonstration. Members of the company are always willing to travel to your school to talk about our organization and the special, interdisciplinary aspect of the masque tradition. Please contact us and let us know your needs. We would be happy to tailor a session especially you! There is normally a negotiable cost associated with this.
4) Attend Toronto Masque Theatre shows for discounted student prices:
We keep our ticket prices especially low for students ($20) and even lower for groups of 10 or more ($15).
5) Volunteer for Toronto Masque Theatre:
We always have room for volunteers in our organization, either on a one-off or regular basis. Get in touch with us and get involved in the exciting world of the arts.
Vivian Moens at 416-410-4561 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dress rehearsal tickets:
$10 / students (readily waived for students in need)
Teachers and chaperones attend free of charge
Group discount student tickets (regular shows):
Normally $20, groups of 10 or more pay $15 per student. Teachers attend free.