from The Two Gentlemen of Verona
from A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Youngest Shakespeare Company

The Youngest Shakespeare Company (formerly The Children's Shakespeare Company) was established in Montreal in 1981 as a theatre school designed for children and young people who are serious about the study of Drama.
     In the past, our productions have included KING LEAR, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, MACBETH, ROMEO AND JULIET, TWELFTH NIGHT, AS YOU LIKE IT, THE WINTER'S TALE, THE MYSTERY PLAYS, and excerpts from Greek classics and modern European and North American plays. Our students are encouraged to relate great classical drama to their own lives by understanding the characters and the themes in terms of modern, universal interpretations.
     All training is on a professional level and includes voice, speech, improvisation, Commedia dell'Arte, mime and Awareness Through Movement®. There is a recital in mid-December and a full production in early May.
     In many cases, our students have found professional work and have also gone on to pursue theatre studies at the post-secondary level at College and University.
     The teachers are Christine Stewart, who is a Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and John Tomasino, who is a graduate of the Drama Studio London/USA and a practitioner of the Feldenkrais® Method of Awareness Through Movement.
     The Youngest Shakespeare Company is part of NEW ALLEGRO THEATRE INC., a not-for-profit federally registered charity. Our Board Members include Ron Cameron-Lewis, Christine Stewart and John Tomasino. Ron Cameron-Lewis is a Professor Emeritus, Sheridan Institute, Oakville, ON, where he taught for thirty-six years in the Music Theatre Department, and an Associate in Speech and Drama of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, England.. He has adjudicated hundreds of Drama Festivals throughout Canada and the US. His book, Acting Skills for Life, is now in its third edition and is available as an e-book.
Following YSC's production of Richard III in 2006, Ken Black, a retired CBC Radio and Television producer who had been in the audience, said to us, "You people deserve the Order of Canada for this production!"
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