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ARTFARM's Shakespeare Slam and Masked Bash!

posted Jun 1, 2013, 10:37 AM by ARTFARM info   [ updated Jun 11, 2013, 10:03 AM ]
Saturday, May 11, 7 pm at Kidcity
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ARTFARM's fourth Shakespeare Slam and Masked Bash features energetic and unorthodox performances of Shakespeare, live music, costumed characters,  celebrity host Chion Wolf of WNPR, food and drink, all in a festive Elizabethan atmosphere where masked adults have fun in a children's museum. Perform, imbibe or simply enjoy the company and entertainment at this unusual fundraiser at 7 pm on Saturday, May 11 at Kidcity in Middletown (119 Washington Street)

ARTFARM's Shakespeare Slam and Masked Bash is a unique event which is built around performances of shorts bits of Shakespeare (2 minute maximum per performer) by performers of all kinds who have been sponsored by generous patrons. Attend as a performer, a patron, or simply as a partygoer. The Slam is the centerpiece of a festive evening of food, drink, music, masks and fun of all kinds with costumed characters under the spell of WNPR’s comic and provocative Chion Wolf.

“The Slambash is a really fun way for people to help us raise the money to produce professional Shakespeare in the summer while having an outrageously fantastic evening,” says ARTFARM Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge. “This July we will be producing Much Ado About Nothing, a terrific comedy which features, among other things, a masked dance. So we thought it might be fun to encourage Slam attendees to wear masks this year. It will add a little mystery and playfulness to the evening.”  

Masks and festive attire are encouraged, but not required. For anyone unable to locate or create a mask of their own, masks made by students at Kidsartspace will be available for a nominal fee.  

Tickets for the Shakespeare Slam are $25 for adults, and $15 for anyone 25 years of age or younger. Performers attend for free, but must have a minimum of $50 of Sponsorships in order to perform. Prizes will be awarded to the performers who generate the most Sponsorship. Tickets include food, drink and entertainment. Wine is provided courtesy of the Bottle Shop, draft beer thanks to City Steam Brewery, and fine comestibles will be donated by It’s Only Natural Restaurant, It’s Only Natural Market, Anoho, Illiano’s, The Bridge, and other fabulous Middletown eateries.

For more information, tickets, or to register as a performer, contact ARTFARM at (860) 346-4390 or email info@art-farm.org. Sponsor forms and performer guidelines can be downloaded at www.art-farm.org. 

Proceeds from the Shakespeare Slam and Masked Ball support ARTFARM’s eighth season of Shakespeare in the Grove. This year’s Shakespeare production will be Much Ado About Nothing, presented outdoors at Middlesex Community College July 18 – 28. The SlamBash is a part of “Shakespeare on Campus” a six month partnership between ARTFARM and Middlesex Community College, which is being funded with the support of the Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Middletown Commission on the Arts, Pratt & Whitney, and generous partygoers, performers and patrons.

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