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Internationally recognized Shakespeare Company launches season at Toronto Centre for the Arts
Over 50,000 students will attend the Classical Theatre Project’s 2012/13 season
TORONTO, Ontario – Nov. 5, 2012 – On Nov. 13, the Classical Theatre Project, Canada’s leading producer of Shakespeare for youth, opens its eleventh season with a twist on the Bard’s classic Twelfth Night. The Toronto Centre for the Arts’ Main Stage hosts this exciting, vaudevillian-style production, which features five hilarious actors undertaking all of the play’s roles. Over 1,000 students and teachers, from middle and high schools across the province, are expected to attend the first performance, including groups from Cambridge, Peterborough, Burlington and Toronto.
“We are thrilled that so many English and Drama teachers are sharing live Shakespeare with their classes,” says Associate Producer Tanya Doroslovac. “At CTP, we believe that students of all backgrounds can recognize themselves and their world in Shakespeare's plays. We hope that by using theatre to stimulate, educate and inspire students, we can increase their confidence and cultural literacy. Our goal is to make Shakespeare accessible and relevant for a 21st century teenage audience.”
Pim Schotanus, General Manager of the Toronto Centre for the Arts (TCA), says, “The TCA’s five-year partnership with the Classical Theatre Project is exciting for both our organizations. We hope to welcome many more students through our doors in the future.”
The Classical Theatre Project’s 2012/13 season runs November – May, and includes three productions on the Main Stage of the Toronto Centre for the Arts: Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night. To learn more, visit: www.classicaltheatreproject.ca.
Based in Toronto, Canada, the Classical Theatre Project is an internationally recognized and award-winning company dedicated to entertaining and inspiring student audiences through professional productions and workshops. Since 2001, the Classical Theatre Project has brought its work to more than 750,000 audience members in Canada and the USA.
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Rebecca Russell - Communications Coordinator
Classical Theatre Project
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