WELCOME GRANT REVIEWERS!
FIND BELOW:
AN OVERVIEW OF OUR WORKSAMPLE SUBMISSIONS
plus
A BREAK OUT OF "WHAT TO LOOK FOR" IN OUR WORKSAMPLES
(AS REQUESTED BY THE GRANT)
and
DIRECTIONS TO PHOTOS AND VIDEO
 
PART A: OVERVIEW  OF  REQUIRED WORKSAMPLES WE HAVE SUBMITTED:

Our Work Samples for this grant application are found in 4 different places:

I SOME WORKSAMPLES ARE FOUND ON OUR DISC:
  1. ON OUR DISC: Find: “Markers of Excellence” Document providing List of our Awards, Reviewer and Critic comments, plus Audience comments.
  2. ON OUR DISC: FIND 2 MP3 Audio samples of our hallmark infusion of music into and under Shakespearean verse. 
  • There are 2 different examples of our approach to music infusion: one demonstrates one of our more contemporary approaches (in this case, a 1950s Doo Wop approach to presenting Shakespeare.)
  • The second is a demo of an ISE classic or “traditional” approach that fuses New Age ambient music (The Fairy Wood) with the classic symphonic work of composer Felix Mendelssohn in his famous work: “A Midsummer Night's Dream”. 
II SOME WORKSAMPLES ARE FOUND DIRECTLY ON OUR WEBSITE:
  • Find our "Proof of Claims and Data Sources" on Page A of our 3 Reviewer websites in our "News and Announcements" chapter of this website. 
  • While not in the category of "Worksamples", our Key Staff Bios and Evaluation samples are also to be found directly on this website.
III SOME WORKSAMPLES ARE FOUND ON OUR PUBLIC FACEBOOK SITE (no membership in facebook is required there):
  • Find our Photos (Venue, Audience Draw, Costumes, Lighting/Special effects) on facebook
IV SOME WORKSAMPLES ARE FOUND ON OUR YOU-TUBE SITE (Repeated on facebook but you need a membership there to view it.)
  • Find our 3 minute Video on You Tube OR Facebook
BELOW, FIND
REVIEWER GUIDES AS TO "WHAT TO LOOK FOR" and
DIRECTIONS TO PHOTOS (FACEBOOK) AND VIDEO (“YOU TUBE”)
Enjoy exploring our top-notch project!
 
PHOTOS: WHAT TO LOOK FOR
 
We have listed 5 types of photo material on our Required Worksample Form:
Reviewers: please generally look for such qualities as set (elegance of set) and staging, plus specifics as follows:
 
#3 Mainstage Venue Photos:
Reviewers: Look for
  • Prominence of the Venue (stature: with its downtown, riverwalk location and skyline view of Iowa's capital, this is one of THE premiere outdoor stages in the state of Iowa!
  • Note that our "Lit-arch stage" flooded in 2010; we worked with the city to relocate to the nearby bridge so that we would have the Capitol as our backdrop.  This demonstrates our interest in detail both great and small, as well as our perserverance  DESPITE THE FLOOD in ensuring that we provided an extraordinary setting for our shows.  NO ONE had ever staged a show as seen in our "bridge shots (Capital background shots, in case you can't tell you are on a bridge) in the history of Des Moines!  To stage this unique show during the flood (we had only 4 hours notice!) required significant collaboration with the city police department, fire department and 6 other city departments- but we think the Capitol backdrop is completely memorable for our audiences!
     
#4 Festival Crowd Attendance
Reviewers: Look for
  • Robust size of crowds (from 400-900 each night): ours is the largest venue where LOCAL theatre (as opposed to traveling Broadway shows) is performed in the Metro
  • All crowds have close proximity to the stage (we don't distance ourselves from Iowans!)
     
#5 Excellent Costumes
Reviewers look for:
  • All manner of costume detail,
  • Lush (not "cheap") effect
     
#6 Lighting/Special Effects
Reviewers look for:
  • rich colored lighting (hard to acheive in an outdoor setting with ambiant street lights; its notable we can do this!)
  • ability to create "mood"
  • hard to show many special effects in a still photo, but we have attempted to show magical fog in one
 
#7 Dance Infusion
Reviewers look for:
  • classic dance positions
  • imaginitive dance sequences
  • beauty and color saturation of costumes
  • dancer safety (appropriate dance shoes for surface)

 DIRECTIONS

TO VIEW PHOTO (JPEG) WORKSAMPLES

1,) Copy this url into your url space:

www.facebook.com/GrantReviewIowaShakespeare 

This address is CASE SENSITIVE, must use all periods and slashmarks - and do NOT add
spaces.

Troubleshooting: If  you have difficulties landing, make sure all periods, slash, and capitals are in and all is spelled correctly – and remember to hit SEARCH – it
will not come up on autofunction. 

2.) This address will take to you our Public Facebook page, named “Grant Review Iowa
Shakespeare” .

  • This is a PUBLIC facebook page!
  • IMPORTANT: You do NOT have to be a facebook member to access this site!
  • Although the site will have an automatic pop-up box that asks you log in or register,
    you can IGNORE THAT BOX if you wish – simply TAP the main page and you can be on the site without registering and without being a member!
  • Note:  Although many photos will immediately display on the front page of the facebook site, not ALL photos display there, so this is NOT how we request
    Reviewers view our materials, which instead are organized by category and “Albums” for your convenience. 
  • We request Reviewers view photos by Albums- for directions on how to do that, see below.

TO VIEW ALBUMS:

WE ASK YOU “CLICK” INTO THE SITE ALBUMS AS FOLLOWS

  • IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH ALBUMS: Near the top of the site right below the very large picture of our stage, you see a box with a picture that says photos and a box that says videos. 
  • Click “photos” to the “Albums” page.
  • You will see the “front covers” of 7 albums total.  5 of these are required work
    samples and 2 are “additional” albums for Press and News articles. (The "additional materials" albums are described under Page C of our Reviewer Pages)
  • The required work samples Albums are:  1.) Mainstage and Venue Photos, 2.) Festival Crowd Attendance, 3.) Costumes, 4 .) Lighting/Special Effects 5.)
    Dance Infusion
  • NOTE: Although the Album “cover” displays ONE of the photos in the small collections, you MUST click onto the “cover” to see the entire actual collection of worksamples in that category.
  • ONCE INSIDE THE PHOTO ALBUMS you MUST click on each photo to enlarge and view the entire photo (otherwise, you will see just partial half-shots on some photos.)


VIDEO:  WHAT TO LOOK FOR

VIDEO PREFACE AND
BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Iowa Art Council rules allowed the submission of 3 three minute videos (total of 9 minutes of video).  So that we could also submit a good range of photos, we opted to submit only 2 one minute 70 second videos, which we have COMBINED TOGETHER INTO A SINGLE UNIFIED "SHOW" of a total of only about 3 1/2 minutes in length.

Also, we wanted to enable Reviewers to get a sense of the full multifaceted depth of one of our productions, so please further note that to create this video,we opted to use clips from only ONE show.  That's because of course, all acting clips make the most sense when taken in context.

Thus, below you will find important information related to the Video, its context and the actual Shakespeare storyline we are working with. :

VIDEO CONTEXT: 

 Brief Overview of the Story as shown on this particular Video

The Video is comprised of a series of 20-to-30 second segments of our traveling show “Much Ado About Something” by William Shakespeare, produced in partnership with an Iowa Historic Museum.

PLEASE NOTE:  Shakespeare routinely inserted dance and music into his plays, and a similiar insertion of dance and/or music into our Shakespeare shows is an ISE trademark – so this video provides a taste of the way in which we infuse dance/song/and music into our theatre shows as Shakespeare himself did- to open these famous stories more fully to modern audiences.

The clips also were carefully selected to additionally show our portrayal some of the most famous Shakespearean lines of the play, which are broken out below if Reviewers are interested. 

REVIEWERS: TO MAKE SENSE OF THE
VIDEO AS A STORY:

This version of Much Ado was set in the 1920s specifically because the particular historic building where it was performed as a collaborative show was itself built in the 1920s.  In fact, the particular play was chosen because that play centers around one of Shakespeare's most feisty and independent female characters, Beatrice: a character that fits particularly well into the 1920s era when women were increasingly gaining their independence. 

So most costuming for the play was from the 1920s era.

However, because as you will see, the architecture of the building had many Renaissance elements, and because some people get confused if Shakespeare is not set in the Renaissance eras, in this outreach show we brought Renaissance costume elements into the primarily-1920s set via how we handled the “Ballroom party” scenes which were a centerpiece of Shakespeare’s play.  We positioned our interpretation of the Ball as a Renaissance Masquerade Ball which the 1920s Characters attended.  Thus, this particular version of the play mixed Renaissance and 1920s design elements in a deliberate and innovative way.  Audiences found this to be a very rewarding and exciting approach to interpreting Shakespeare, and we were pleased with our ability to thus custom-craft the show to reflect the two eras important to our collaborative partner. 

In reviewing the video,

Reviewers will be assisted by at least a minimal awareness of the story line

and
what ISE/Shakespeare was trying to accomplish. 

As much as possible in
3 minutes, taken as a whole,

the video segments tell the following story.

 

~ ~ VIDEO STORYBOARD ~ ~

An Iowa Shakespeare Experience production of:

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare

A comedy of romance
featuring 2 sets of lovers who sass and swoon their way to the altar
during a summer houseparty: a story of wooing, flirtation, love gone
wrong, and love restored.

Encapsulated Scene
List, Storyline and Reviewer Notes:

(What Reviewers should look for)

NOTES ON CAMERA ANGLES:  Please note that we use volunteers to take our video to keep costs lean and the program free.  Reviewers, be aware that in an outdoor setting, volunteers are finding footing in the dark, often in bushes to keep out of audience sightlines.  Please forgive the occaisional bumpiness!

Also, although this video shows only one glimpse of an audience seating area (which may give the impression there is a single audience seating area), it is important to be aware that there is actually audience all around the set: this show was set as "theatre in the half-round".  That is important because in a few (distance) shots, it may appear actors entirely have their backs to the audience.  That is not true- one actor has his/r face to the audience at all times.  The camera angle is misleading.

BREAK-OUT OF SCENES AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR:

INTRODUCTORY SCENE: As the household and its servants sort thru costumes for the upcoming Renaissance Masquerade Ball, Guests (including an old flame) arrive by Roadster for a weekend house party ball to be given that evening by Beatrice's uncle.

Reviewers please note:  High production values are shown via the incorporation of an actual vintage car and through historically appropriate detailed costumes

AT THE BALl SEQUENCE- WITH A DANCE SNIPPET: At the Masked Renaissance Costume Ball, the earnest love-sick suitor of one of Beatrice’s cousins, Claudio (In the Video seen briefly while carrying his Masquarade Mask), is encouraged in his love by the cavalier Benedict (Beatrice’s old flame) and also by the whole family.  

Reviewers please note: Special effect lighting, costumes, acting, also we briefly show the infusion of live music in a tiny snippet of a dance scene which was part of the action at the Rennaissance Masquerade Ball in which these scenes take place. .

THE "KISS" SCENE: At the Ball, while still in their Rennaissance finery, Beatrice's cousin receives her mother's blessing as her family happily (and humorously) encourages the trysting couple's somewhat naive and inexperienced attempt to woo. 

Reviewers please note: excellent, relaxed acting, impassioned acting, comedic timing, staging.

LIVE MUSIC SHOT/INTERMISSION ENTERTAINMENT: Brief shot of ISE's 5 piece live orchestra during intermission. (Singer is out of view but she can be heard, entertaining during intermission)

Reviewers please note: musical quality, setup, 1920s mirror-ball style special effect lighting.

BENEDICT's LAMENT (SOLILOQUY EXAMPLE) As the night deepens and a light evening (special effect!) mist arises, Benedict exits the dinner and under the night sky, begins to realize his love for his old flame Beatrice. 

Reviewers please note:  relaxed confident excellence in acting, phrasing, command of the scene, direction, lighting

NIGHT WATCHMAN/SPECIAL EFFECTS SCENE: As the night wears on and a thick fog comes up (special effect), an iconic 1920s night watchman (none too smart) keeps an eye out for trouble while the Ballgoers have moved inside for dinner.

Reviewers please note:  Very strong production values: Humorous ultra-heavy Fog special effect. plus attractive moody lighting and live-fire torches along roofline

BEATRICE & BENEDICT 1 and 2 (Dialogue examples): In the several days after the party, Beatrice and her old flame are flirting and falling in love.

Reviewers please note: relaxed confident superior excellence in acting, phrasing, vocal quality, staging, elegant period costumes

 
CHARLESTON GRAND FINALE/CURTAIN CALL: ISE ends all of our Shakespearean comedies exactly the way Shakespeare did: with a dance-filled musical ending (which was called a Bergemask in Shakespeare's time.).  In this particular show, after the weddings the lovers all celebrate with a rousing Charleston – a full-scale closing “production number” featuring 26 Actors plus professional dancers (only the briefest moments of which are seen here.)  The number begins as Benedict calls for music to celebrate his ultimate marriage to Beatrice. This number brings the show to a close in fine style, as Cast positions for Curtain Call and the audience starts to applaud. 


Reviewers please note: the tight (simultaneous) historical references to both the play's setting and to Shakespearean times, and the way in which our rich interpretation and dance infusion opens the work to modern audiences.


FAMOUS SHAKESPEAREAN LINES IN VIDEO INCLUDE:
 
"Friendship is constant in all things save in the office and affairs of love"
"When I said I would die a bachelor...
"Foul words ....
 
DIRECTIONS
TO VIDEO LOCATION

Copy this url into your
url space and hit search!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlmBRc3hDdo&list=PL80E02184F4C72AD6&index=12&feature=plpp_video
Do NOT try to type this!  And, do NOT try to "Google" this.(it won't come up without performing a search.)  Instead, simply copy and paste the entire address into your browser- and don't forget to hit search! 

TIPS:

Be prepared- the video loads automatically and will start to play almost immediately as soon as you get to the site! 

IMPORTANT TIP:  Turn your volume up HIGH before you go to the site:  We specialize in
outdoor theatre and the insect/crickets sounds will tend to drown out the theatre sounds in a recording unless you play with the volume high!

ANOTHER TIP:  If you wish to repeat the video to see it again, simply hit “search” again (if you've left the url in your browser) – the video will replay immediately. 

IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH THIS YOU-TUBE SITE, THIS VIDEO IS ALSO POSTED TO OUR FACEBOOK SITE.  However, while no need to be a member of facebook to view photos, you would have to register or be a member of facebook to view the video there.