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    TEACHERS COMPANION

    Tara Rosling in Saint Joan. Photo by David Cooper

    Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario April 3 to October 28

    FESTIVAL THEATRE

    SAINT JOANBY BERNARD SHAWGrade 8 & up

    MACK AND MABELBOOK BY MICHAEL STEWARTMUSIC AND LYRICS BY JERRY HERMANREVISED BY FRANCINE PASCAL

    Grades 6 & up

    HOTEL PECCADILLOBY GEORGES FEYDEAU ADAPTED BY MORRIS PANYCH Grades 9 & up

    ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE

    THE CIRCLEBY SOMERSET MAUGHAM Grades 9 & up

    THE PHILANDERERBY BERNARD SHAW Grades 8 & up

    SUMMER AND SMOKETENNESSEE WILLIAMS Grades 9 & up

    COURT HOUSE THEATRE

    A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY AFTER TURGENEVBY BRIAN FRIEL Grades 9 & up

    THE CASSILIS ENGAGEMENT A COMEDY FOR MOTHERSBY ST JOHN HANKIN Grades 8 & up

    TRISTAN BOOK, MUSIC AND LYRICS BY PAUL SPORTELLI AND JAY TURVEY Grades 9 & up

    THE KILTARTAN COMEDIES BY LADY AUGUSTA GREGORY (LUNCHTIME) Grades 7 & up

    Spring Edit ion, May 2007

    IN THIS ISSUE... Mack and Mabel highlights

    Student Travel

    Sears Drama Festival

    BOOK YOUR SCHOOL TODAY! 1- 80 0 -511-7429

    Presented by

    THE CIRCLE

    SAINT JOAN By Bernard Shaw, directed by Jackie Maxwell

    Each season, the first Bernard Shaw play at the Festival Theatre is considered the flagship production. Saint Joan is more than deserving of that title: when Bernard Shaw was awarded the Nobel Laureate for Literature in 1925, Saint Joan was highlighted for standing more or less alone as a revelation of heroism in an age hardly favourable to genuine heroism.

    Its small wonder that for women actors, the role of Joan is their Hamlet. Playing the heroine is Tara Rosling, who in four seasons here has drawn audiences to her with many powerful performances, including most recently as the lead in last summers extraordinary production of The Heiress. After months of preparation and rehearsal, and as the opening draws near, our anticipation and enthusiasm for this play only grows stronger.

    MACK AND MABEL Book by Michael Stewart, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, revised by Francine Pascal Directed by Molly Smith

    Theres an exciting buzz around Mack and Mabel. Director Molly Smith, who hails from Arena Stage in Washington D.C., thinks this is composer Jerry Hermans (who also wrote Mame, Hello, Dolly!, La Cage aux Folles) best score: Every once in a while you run into a great musical with a score of ridiculously hummable songs, wildly clever lyrics and a character-driven show. Often, you are in the middle of a Jerry Herman show.

    Instead of using film footage for the scenes called for as filmed in the script, these will be staged as if happening in the moment. Ms Smith didnt want anything to take away from the power of the live performances, so all of the film sequences are re-created in black and white and grey.

    OUR COMPLIMENTS TIMES TWO!Book your school group to see Saint Joan or Mack and Mabel (or both!) and receive TWO complimentary tickets per group, and take advantage of a free backstage tour.

    Call Group Sales to book. Offer ends June 15.

    Kawa Ada and Glynis Ranney in Mack and Mabel. Photo by Emily Cooper

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    TEACHERS COMPANION SPRING 2007

    Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED WITH

    THE STUDENT TRAVEL INDUSTRY?

    The founder of our company was a teacher who began offering excursions in 1974, and in 1978 Educational Travel Services was born. I am also an educator and have been in the travel industry since the late 80s and I have been with ETS since 1996. Student travel is our core business.

    WHAT ARE THE CONSIDERATIONS FOR STUDENT

    TRAVEL?

    Increasing costs are making people look at different options. Traditional destinations (for example, Ottawa) will remain strong, but I also see growth in destinations closer to home that can offer more bang for the buck and some different options that may not be currently considered.

    Q: WHAT SERVICES DOES YOUR COMPANY OFFER

    AND HOW CAN A TEACHER ACCESS THESE?

    We service destinations throughout North America and we recognize that the excur-sion belongs to the students and the school. All of our programs are custom-designed for the individual group and we offer al-most limitless options. We view our job as basically being the one-stop shop for orga-nizing and planning. We consult with the group leaders on their individual needs, make suggestions and offer options. We will source specific curriculum needs and components to meet them. We provide some basic itineraries, but usually require feedback and consultation to meet the in-dividual groups needs.

    Q: WHAT ARE THE COSTS FOR THESE SERVICES?

    Our business is based on volume and we pass these savings on to our clients. We have a small service fee that is incorporated into a package cost and each excursion is based on the individual group.

    Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR

    TEACHERS WHO WANT TO ADD MORE VALUE TO

    THEIR TRIP WITHOUT INCREASING COSTS?

    Travel off-season and book early! The ma-jor cost component is quite often transpor-tation, so maximizing the number of par-

    ticipants per coach helps to keep the cost down. Another consideration would be looking at different destinations the groups may not have considered. A Broadway per-formance is considerably more expensive than a Shaw Festival offering.

    Q: IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE

    TEACHERS TO KNOW ABOUT STUDENT TRAVEL?

    The options are limitless. Sometimes we like to joke that while having some fun we trick students into learning something! We like to say that we have been Learn-ing Outside the Classroom Since 1978. I think that is more important today than it has ever been and we have worked hard to offer alternatives and to make adjust-ments with current situations. Regardless of whether you call ETS for your classroom excursion, the best advice I can give is to use a professional operator who specializes in students. You may also want to check out that operator in a little more detail and ensure that they recognize not only the students needs, but the special respect we have to pay to our clients. Another thing that I think is important is knowing who you are dealing with. To me a Canadian school travelling to our capital region with a non-Canadian company just does not make sense. Anybody providing services to students has to remember to keep the kids in mind, but also recognize the fact that we have to satisfy parents, teachers and school boards.

    For further information, call 1-905-526-0450 or visit www.ets.travel

    Perspectives on Student TravelAN INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL ZUCCHERATO OF EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL SERVICES

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

    Professional Production Day for TeachersFRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 9:30 AM 4:30 PM

    EXPLORE SCENIC DESIGN WITH EXPERTS FROM THE SHAW THROUGH A HANDS-ON WORKSHOP ABOUT THE TECHNICAL ELEMENTS OF PERCEPTION AND DESIGN.

    Registration includes morning and afternoon sessions, lunch in the Green Room, a wine & cheese reception, and an optional evening performance of Mack and Mabel at the Festival Theatre.

    Cost: $80 (plus $7.50 handling charge), includes all taxes. Optional evening performance of Mack and Mabel: $27.50

    To register now, or for more information, contact Rod Christensen, Senior Manager, Education at 1-800-657-1106 ext 265 or education@shawfest.com

    Benedict Campbell in Mack and Mabel. Photo by David Cooper

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    TEACHERS COMPANION SPRING 2007With the support of

    The Carousel Players and The Shaw offer an ideal programme for young people interested in theatre a camp for ages 10 to 15 which will focus on Bernard Shaws Saint Joan. Participants learn about the play, the charac-ters, and the playwright before experiencing the production at The Shaw. Campers also rehearse and perform scenes from the play for family and friends at weeks end.

    Karen Wood, 2006 Camp Instructor, talks about last years camp experience, which fo-cused on Arms and The Man:

    The group was immediately captivated by the play the idea of romance, the soldiers at war, the life and death circumstances, the chocolates, the ladies in nightgowns and the fact that some men and women get very an-gry at each other even when theyre in love!

    After hearing the story, participants were asked how they could relate to specific parts of Arms and The Man. They improvised

    scenes with alternate endings. Each ending reflected opposite moral or ethical choices. Afterwards we discussed what the dilemma was and possible solutions. This helped the students connect more strongly to the con-flicts in the play as well as bring through their own personalities and perspectives in portraying Shaws scenes and his characters.

    On another day the campers re-created a Victorian tea party from the time of the play, and the girls wore bustles and the boys wore uniforms.

    The students adored their trip to The Shaw. They met with design assistant Tyler Sains-bury, saw a performance of Arms and The Man and had an opportunity to meet actors Patrick Galligan and Diana Donnelly, who played the lead roles in the play. The camp-ers couldnt wait to put on their own half-hour version of the play for their families at the end of the week.

    Bernard Shaw Inspires!SHAW SUMMER CAMP FOR AGES 10-15, JULY 23 TO 27

    Patrick Galligan and Diana Donnelly in Arms and The Man. Photo by David Cooper

    Location: Carousel Players in St Catharines. To register, call Carousel Players at 905-682-8326 ext 21 or email outreach@carouselplayers.com $150; add $27.50 to attend the matinee performance of Saint Joan.

    Mack & Mabel

    The 07 season began with a standing ovation for Mack