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TOURING TALES – story performance by KK – Hippocampus, Chennai, August 1, 2015

Touring Tales @ Hippocampus, Chennai

Touring Tales – a story performance by KK

JUNGLE BUNGLES – story performance for tweens – June 2015

Touring Tales @ Hippocampus, Chennai

Touring Tales – a story performance by KK

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The Bear&BeanBag Children's Theater, Chennai

BnB Theater

a grassroots theatre initiative of

masquerade

brings to Chennai

a story performance for kids aged 7 – 12

JUNGLE BUNGLES

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EVENT: Story Performance (by KK)
DATES: 27 & 28 June, 2015
TIME: 7:15 – 8:30 p.m
VENUE: The Mandala, @ Spaces, #1, Elliot’s Beach Road
(1st building opp the Bessie Beach and right diagonal to Subway outlet)

Ever wondered what it is to take the easy way out and make a hard job of it? That’s what happened to a particular greedy croc and a particular lazy lion who rather preferred not to hunt! They venture out of the forest into the city… Many misadventures after, when they reached the city, what happens? Blimey, come discover what fun it is… On condition you necessarily bring at least one kid aged between 7 & 12. All are welcome, no need for Id card even if you’re above 18. Just remember to bring that child in you.

REQUEST: Click “Going” (on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/893865970678870/ ) only if you’re really coming along. Else there’s always LIKE button. We’re not looking to boost “Reached so many people” but look forward to your actual footfalls. Hope to see you there.

ABOUT : The Bear & Beanbag Children’s Theater was set up as an internal wing of Masquerade – the performance group, to channelise our theatrical endeavours and energies that would best concern to serve the interest of the children (5 to 7 year olds) and the tweens (8 to 12 year olds). We strongly believe in a non-exclusive community and our belief in theatre is so too. However, due to constraints of certain performance requirements, there are times when children cannot be brought into theatre for grown-ups. Hence to clearly draw lines, we set up Landing Stage Youth Theatre Group in 2001, Masquerade Youth Theatre in 2009 and The Bear and Beanbag Children’s in 2010. 

At Masquerade, we believe in talent development. Potential children are identified and training workshops are offered during Summer Holidays. A lot of these children between 8 and 12 keep returning to these workshops and when the reach 13, they transition into the Youth Theatre. At the Youth Theatre too similar process happens. Today we have about 5 of our group who started as children at 6 or 7 yrs and have either moved into MYT and even mainstream Masquerade. Our most experienced actor started as a 6 year old even before the founding days of The Bear and Beanbag and today has gone through 4 summers at MYT. She also occasionally makes her sallies into Masquerade.

So in case you liked our performance, think that our program sounds good, email us at masquerade@masquerade.in and we’ll get back to you appropriately.

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Summer Announcements from Masquerade for 2015

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The Bear & Beanbag Children’s

in collaboration with

KALPATARU HOBBY CENTRE (ECR)

brings

Theatre First

a 10 day beginner’s workshop for

tweens 8 – 12 yrs

Dates: 11 May – 22 May (Weekends excluded)

Time: 10: 15 a.m – 12:00 noon

Venue: Kalpataru Hobby Centre (ECR)

For registration & details, call Ms. Seema – 9600037773

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CAMP NEUVE 7 – MYT SUMMER 2015 for teens

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It’s that time of the year at MYT!

Three weeks of Theatre Workshop for 13 – 19 year olds

Masquerade Youth Theatre, Chennai’s 7th season of Camp Neuve Summer Theatre Workshop for teens begins on 11th May, Monday.

The three-week intensive workshop on theatre essentials is a learn-as-you-practice module for teens aged 13-19 years and would run from 9:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m everyday from May 11th – 29th (weekends excluded). Workshop participants get to explore, create and hone their skills that include scripting, acting, stage management as well as the technical aspects.

The Workshop is divided into three inter-connected modules: Module 1 – Essentials for Theatre Actor; Module 2 – Actor and Space; Module 3 – Voices in the Head. The last module is a natural extension to the first two and is evolutionary; all three lead to the discovery of the self and of the participant as a socially responsive actor.

The workshop would extend into a proposed devised stage presentation for July. For workshop details, dress code and registration, email masquerade@masquerade.in or call Masquerade at +91-98840-29865 or +91-99405-42821. Limited registrations, so call or email in early and register. Or follow the url to register:  http://goo.gl/forms/QdawQmCRI0

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ON-STAGE

a one-day learn’em-all-basics theater workshop

brought to you by Masquerade in collaboration with Dakshinachitra

Date: 14 May, 2015 (Thursday) – Time: 10:00 – 5:30 p.m – Age: 8 – 12 yrs

Registration & Further details, call Ms. Lakshmi, Dakshinachitra – 98417 77779

Pick-up at 8:30 a.m at Madras Crafts Foundation (MCF) office, Besant Nagar &

Drop back at MCF in the evening

It’s going to be a whale of a time by the shores in an exotic setting. Miss Not!
PS: The workshop will wind up with a small presentation by participants and certification

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Residency Theater Weekend

a new sleep-over theater concept for Teens

facilitated by Masquerade in collaboration with Dakshinachitra

Dates: 16-17 May, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday)
Time: 10:00 a.m (Saturday) – 5 p.m (Sunday)
Age: 13 – 16 years

This exhaustive workshop will train passionate teens in Stagecraft, Story performance & Acting Essentials.

If you’re in the age group, you wouldn’t want to especially miss
the late night Bonfire Story Session or the theater at dawn

Registration & Further details, call Ms. Lakshmi, Dakshinachitra – 98417 77779

Pick-up on Saturday (16 May, 2015) at Madras Crafts Foundation (MCF) office, Besant Nagar &

Drop back at MCF in the evening on Sunday (17 May, 2015)

Call today. This is the 1st of its kind Residency theater for Teens in Chennai. A Unique Experience!!
PS: The workshop will wind up with a small presentation by participants and certification

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The Tearjerker – MYT Summer Neuve 6 production

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Masquerade Youth Theater

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presents

THE TEARJERKER – a devised production

performed by CAMP NEUVE 6 workshop participants

Premiere – 8th & 9th August 2014 – 3 Shows, 100% Fun & Riot, 200% Thought-provoking guaranteed

At Skills, #1, Elliot’s Beach Road, Besant Nagar (facing Elliot’s Beach)

Entry Open to All

Tearjerker

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Summer 2014 @ Masquerade

MYT’s CAMP NEUVE continues…

Masquerade Youth Theatre’s 6th season of Camp Neuve Summer Theatre Workshop for teens begins on 12th May, Monday.

CAMP NEUVE 6 – the 6th season of MYT Teen & Youth Theatre Workshop is for youth aged 13 – 19 years. Limited to 24 participants only, it is an annual summer opportunity for both beginners to learn theatre skills as well as regular returnees to sharpen further their skills. The workshop this year would focus on three areas: Body & Space, Voice & Breathing, Words & Gesture.  The three-week intensive workshop on theatre essentials is a learn-as-you-practice module. Workshop participants get to explore, create and hone their skills that include scripting, acting, stage management as well as the technical aspects. Scholarships in the form of post-workshop refunds available, upon successful completion.

The workshop would extend into a proposed devised stage presentation for end June – early July. Dates: May 12 – 30 (weekends excluded), Time: 4 – 6.30 p.m. Venue: Kalpataru Hobby Centre, 4/222, East Coast Road (ECR), Palavakkam, Chennai 41. For more details regarding fee and registration, contact masquerade@masquerade.in or call Masquerade @ 9884029865.

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THE BnB-HOO THEATER WORKSHOP

Look HOO’s knocking on your door, inviting you… to fly along to the Kingdom of NoWorries, where Fantasy King, folksy ministers and fairy daughters delight you in whorls of creativity while the evil lord Tearjerker plans to sink you into the world of serial killers, eternally make you think of tears by the day and revenge by night. If you are between 8 and 13, do you want to miss it? This is your chance to get on the HOOwagon!

Yes… The HOO THEATER is back this summer… after suffering from punctured tyres, deflated tubes and rusty spokes. Get your Imagi-kerchieves into your backpacks along with your favourite bottle of water. Pick your phone, call Hippocampus today for registration, because…. Hippocampus joins hands with Masquerade – the performance group’s Tween wing, The Bear and Beanbag Children’s Theatre, to bring you an unforgettable summer theatre workshop that will end with a rollicking presentation that’s sure to be on your adult shelves as a CD to look back upon!

Event: Theater Workshop; Age group – 8 – 13; Duration: 3.30 p.m – 5.30 p.m (Monday – Friday); Venue: Hippocampus, Old No.4, New No.11, 3rd Avenue, Indira Nagar, Adyar, Chennai–20. The Workshop Fee is Rs. 2600 (Registration Charges included)/- For Registrations, contact, Ms. Chandni / Ms.  Priya, 044 – 24433544 / 42116417 Email: chandni@hippocampus.in For further details of workshop, email bearandbeanbag@gmail.com

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THE ISLAND

The Island

 

The IslandMasquerade, founded in 1994, into its 20 year, has been celebrating March 27, as part of the world theatre community, for the 16th straight year. This year, on the 54th World Theatre Day, Masquerade presents to the Chennai theater community, a timeless play with lasting resonance and a voice of urgency, anger, desperation, hope… THE ISLAND – written in 1973 by the South African legend Athol Fugard and devised then along with his two actors John Kani & Winston Ntshona.

How does it feel to be imprisoned and taken on a three-legged walk with your cell mate to the beach, forced each day to empty the beach sands from your pit, using a wheelbarrow, into your mate’s pit, only to have him do the same? Endless torture! THE ISLAND is about two prisoners on the Robben Island (the same Island prison where the Late Nelson Mandela was incarcerated during his struggle against apartheid), condemned for life, and ironically rehearsing a performance of Sophocles’ ANTIGONE, itself a play against oppression and right to freedom of existence and expression. John receives news that his sentence is commuted and he is soon to be released. How does this news affect John? How does this affect Winston, the younger one? Do they go on to perform in the prison?

The current performance, under the artistic direction of KK, is devised by two of Masquerade’s new brigade of actors – Shrivatz Agaram (John) & Aravind R Vyaas (Winston) – and will be performed over an approximate duration of 80 mins. Lighting conceived and managed by Baskar, sound by G.D. Prasad, play an essential part in this two-hander. The performance is strictly for mature audience.

Special Closed Invite show on March 27, 2014 on World Theater Day. If you are a theatre artist and residing in Chennai, do get in touch with us to attend the show.

If you are a theater enthusiast and would like to support our theater ventures to keep amateur non-profit theater in Chennai alive… then, Donor passes are available at www.eventjini.com and directly at 9840297872 / 9940542821. Part of the proceeds goes to facilitate MYT’s Camp Neuve 7 – a summer youth training initiative by Masquerade Youth Theatre as well as Grassroots – a summer tween theatre initiative for The Bear & Beanbag Children’s Theatre. For details, email masquerade@masquerade.in