CENTER HIGHLIGHT: 2018 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival Kicks Off- Offsite!

The official kick-off for this year’s Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival is upon us! Here are some of the festivities taking place around the area:

Shakespeare After Hours kicks off the festival July 13th at 9:00 pm at LangLab (1302 High St, South Bend). Here is the info:

The NDSF Community Company kicks off the 2018 season with Shakespeare After Hours, returning after a filled-to-capacity inaugural year. Come enjoy Shakespeare at his bawdy, boozy, bloody best as local artists present scenes intended for a mature audience. Patrons will raise a glass (literally) and toast the Bard’s scandalous side on Friday the 13th!

July 14th at 2:00 pm at Washington Hall is the annual ShakeScenes performance. Here’s more on it:

NDSF’s Community Company presents the 15th year of ShakeScenes, an annual mashup of Shakespeare performed by young people from throughout Michiana. For 2018, ShakeScenes too will take up the plight of the other, the stranger, and the outcast. Come join in the fun that has served as a first experience with Shakespeare for thousands of young people.

 

On July 15th the Touring Company begins its run of The Merchant of Venice in Valparaiso. The company will perform throughout the area at outdoor venues and end right back here at Notre Dame in front of the Main Building 6:30 pm on Monday August 20th. Here is the summary:

 

Bassanio is in a bind. He’s in debt to his dear friend Antonio, and now needs even more cash to woo the wealthy woman Portia. Bassanio’s strategy forces Antonio to borrow from Shylock, and if they fail to repay him, Shylock’s legal bond comes due: one pound of Antonio’s fair flesh.

Shakespeare’s inimitable slapstick comedy, featuring a controversial yet sympathetic villain, leaves you wondering who’s truly guilty. The Merchant of Venice is a hilarious, poignant comedy never to be missed on stage.

Shakespeare in Fremont Park has a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on July 26th & July 27th at 7 pm. Here is the info:

Shakespeare in Fremont Park is a seven-week program involving community based organizations in South Bend. Focused on the city’s west side, the effort will allow young people to work directly with adults to create, rehearse, and perform a theatre production inspired by Shakespeare. Working and rehearsing indoors, Shakespeare in Fremont Park will perform outside at Fremont Park (1800 Fremont St. at W. Hamilton St.).

 Emerging from the mission of the Fremont Park Foundation, which seeks to provide positive activities for young people and adults alike, the community wishes to build on its recent successes (a new splash pad, playground equipment, and new basketball courts), with an offering open to all, which residents can enjoy whether on stage, behind it, or even simply enjoying a show from a blanket or lawn chair.

Much happening all around and then in August we’ll get the big show!

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SPECIAL EVENTS: National Volunteer Week!

 

 

 

 

 

This Sunday starts National Volunteer Week! In appreciation of all of you and the great work you do for us, we will have ice cream treats available after every shift! Actual National Volunteer Week is April 15th-21st, but we’ll extend it from tonight (April 13th) to next Sunday (April 22nd) so we can get more of you in to enjoy. Thanks again for everything you do for us!

SPECIAL EVENT: Wednesday 8/31 Ice Cream Social!

Ice-Cream-Cone-Wallpaper-ice-cream-6333735-1024-768I know, training isn’t enough time to see everyone’s smiling faces! Two all-usher events in one month?! Yes, we are sneaking in our Ice Cream Social on the last day of August. This will give us a chance to gather in a more informal setting before the rush of the new season begins. Also it is a way to meet the new student ushers as we’ve scheduled their arduous orientation training to be right after!

We’ve made a shift and signed everybody up. Please confirm if you can make it and remove yourself from the shift if you can’t.

Wednesday 8/31 6:00 PM Guest Services Ice Cream Social

Ice Cream is always fun, so we look forward to seeing you there!

AUGUST EVENT: Mandatory Summer Training

 

services_trainingYou’ll notice on the Listing of Events that we have a TENTATIVE date for the mandatory training and it is Tuesday August 9th from 5:45 PM- 9:00 PM. Right now it is tentative as we’re awaiting a definite confirmation from our NDSP representative, but we have a good idea that this will be the date. This should be confirmed by time we open shifts next Sunday.

In the meantime please check your schedules and save the date.

Again our training is going to focus on safety and emergency procedures and we stress that this is mandatory, as we want everyone to be as prepared as possible for an emergency situation during a shift. Please let us know if you have any conflict that would keep you from being able to make the training. Thanks!

SCREENING TITLE ADDED: June 29th Pre-College Summer Scholars Program Screening

MV5BOTc3NDE2NzYyOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTMwOTMxMjE@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,706,1000_AL_The movie playing this Wednesday in the Leighton for the Pre-College Summer Scholars Program is Poverty, Inc. The thought-provoking documentary will be followed by a panel discussion. Here’s a little synopsis (that I didn’t write):

The West has made itself the protagonist of development, giving rise to a multibillion-dollar poverty industry. From TOMS Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. food aid, this film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?

 There you go! Find out if you’re part of the problem on Wednesday night!

The film is open to the public so if you’re not ushering feel free to come down and watch.

AUGUST EVENT: Mandatory Summer Training!

ClassroomYes it’s that time. As some of you remember every few years we do a mandatory refresher training for ushers. The last time was 2013 with “Camp DPAC”. I wasn’t here but it sounds like everyone went camping at the Center. I might be mistaken. Anyways, the periodic training helps you brush up on your ushering skills, gets us all on the same page and gives you time to ask us questions. So everyone benefits!

This time around we’re going to concentrate on Emergency and Evacuation Procedures. We can all agree that it is important to be prepared for a variety of different emergency situations and that this training is beneficial for both staff and ushers. We’ll be learning along with you!

Members of the Notre Dame Fire Department and Notre Dame Security Police will be on hand as well as the Center performance staff to run through various scenarios that can go wrong on a shift and how to deal with the emergencies as quickly and safely as we can. We plan to have ushers and staff stationed in multiple venues to best simulate an emergency scenario that could occur during a shift where performances in many venues are going at once.

We stress that this is mandatory, as we want everyone to be as prepared as possible if any incident were to happen during a shift. We are looking at an evening in early August to do this so we can get the training in before the 2016-2017 season kicks off. We’ll let you know soon what day we have booked as we are awaiting confirmation from the NDFD and NDSP representatives that will be joining us. Thanks!