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Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Bash!
East Liberty Presbyterian Church
Pittsburgh, PA
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Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Bash!
Birthday Party with Mrs. Shakespeare
2:00 to 4:00 pm
A family-friendly party for the Bard featuring live music, with The Bard to the Bone Players; art-making activities; Shakespeare stories with storyteller, Alan Irvine; monologues and scenes from "A Midsummer Night's Dream," presented by Hope Academy students; stage combat demonstrations by Tonya Lynn; interactive "insult hurling"; and yes, there will be birthday cake!

Shakespear-ience:  An Evening of Romance, Murder and Intrigue
6:00 to 9:30 pm  Activities and Music
6:30 pm  Performance Tour #1
8:00 pm  Performance Tour #2
Adult-themed performances   based on "Romeo and Juliet," "The Tempest," "Othello," and "Macbeth"   will take the audience through East Liberty Presbyterian Church on "performance tours" featuring monologues and scenes, opera, dance and stage combat, with our own strolling minstrels, The Band of Misfits, leading the way.
There will be two tours, one at 6:30 pm and one at 8:00 pm; with activities in the social hall all evening long - so come early, or stay late,  to meet, mingle and make things. Magic Organs art squad, DS Kinsel and Julie Mallis, will live paint; Joe Kennedy, of DJ duo Tracksploitation, will spin and remix some Shakespeare inspired tunes; and there will be art-making for the adults, too! Keep checking back for additional artists and activities.

All events are FREE, and charitable contributions will be gratefully accepted, to help pay the artists, musicians, actors and storytellers who are helping to make this birthday party a bash.

Reserve your spot for the afternoon birthday party and/or one of the two evening performance tours now! (tickets will be limited).  

#HAshakes450 is the official hashtag of Hope Academy's 450th Birthday Bash. To share your experience, use #HAshakes450 on Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites.

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To honor Shakespeare's 450th birthday, we will be exhibiting 450 original portraits of him, created by YOU  amateur and professional artists, of all ages. Please submit a drawing, illustration, painting or digital creation of Shakespeare's portrait and then drop your artwork off, or mail it to:

Hope Academy
East Liberty Presbyterian Church (ELPC)
116 S. Highland Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

You can also email a jpeg of your work to: with the subject line "Shakespeare Portrait."

Include your name, age and email address on the back of the original artwork, or in the email, so that we can credit you properly.

We would like to receive all artwork by April 1, 2014.



East Liberty Presbyterian Church (View)
116 S. Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
United States

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Arts > Theatre
Arts > Visual
Other > Family-Friendly
Other > Festivals

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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