Monday, April 5, 2021

Reminder: All The World's A Stage! The Bard at Bell Works Outdoor Arts Festival

APRIL 11-25

AT BELL WORKS IN HOLMDEL, NJ

(LOCATED ON ROOF DECK & MAIN ATRIUM)

 

To celebrate William Shakespeare’s 457th birthday, join us for The Bard at Bell Works, an outdoor arts festival located at Bell Works Roof Deck. The festival will run April 11-25 and will feature Shakespeare classics, bard-inspired ballets, and live music.

 

This exciting event was created by Gabriel Chajnik, Artistic Director of Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater (AXCBT), Monmouth County’s premiere professional ballet company, and Director of Axelrod Performing Arts Academy (APAA), a pre-professional performing arts program residing in Bell Works.



A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

 

The first presentation of this fairy-filled fable is Gabriel Chajnik’s acclaimed ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream—Ballet. This whimsical retelling of the classic comedy features AXCBT professional dancers, APAA students, and the dynamic narration of Shakespearean actor Patrick Poole.

 

 

THE BARD ON BROADWAY

 

AXCBT professional dancers and the students of APAA also present The Bard on Broadway, a revue of songs and scenes from Shakespeare-themed shows and the plays that inspired them, such as Kiss Me, Kate, Something Rotten!, and West Side Story. Chajnik’s dancers will also premiere his original choreography for his West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet.

 

In preparation for this program, APAA’s pre-professional students were coached by our professional Broadway staff including Brian O’Brien (Chicago), Ross Lekites (Disney’s Frozen) and Aaron Kaburick (Something Rotten!).

 

 

THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE OF NJ presents

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

 

The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ (STNJ), one of the leading Shakespearean companies in the nation, will also perform Shakespeare’s classic comedy

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

directed by STNJ Director of Education Brian B. Crowe

 

In addition to incredible performances by AXCBT, APAA, and STNJ, festival goers can also experience Shakespeare-inspired foods created by Bell Market and short educational talk-backs regarding all things Shakespeare!

There will also be free, limited-seated screenings of Max Reinhart’s 1935 classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Michael Hoffman's 1999 interpretation, available only in AXCBT’s dance space.


 

*All performances will be held with socially distanced seating at

BELL WORKS’ beautiful outdoor roof deck, following all COVID-19 Safety Procedures.


Summer is Just Around the Corner!

 

 

June 28—August 7

 

Immerse yourself in

Dance, Acting,

Voice and Musical Theatre

at

 

 

 

• Study with top professionals in their fields

• Explore artistic classes that will technically challenge you

• Discover your path and explore your potential

 

APAA is dedicated to bringing our students world-renowned guest faculty.

APAA's Summer 2020 Guest Faculty included:

DANCE: Michael Trusnovec (Paul Taylor), Michelle Fleet (Paul Taylor), Gilbert Bolden (NYCB), Blakeley White-McGuire (Graham), Samuel Lee Roberts (Alvin Ailey), Nicolas de La Vega (Radio City), and Dylan Pearce (Radio City Spectacular Assistant Choreographer).​​ THEATER: Brian O'Brien (Chicago), Ross Lekites (Frozen), Gary Cooper (Aladdin), Susan Egan (Tony Nominee, Beauty and the Beast), Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman's Guide), and Joanna Gleason (Tony Winner, Into the Woods).

 

Auditions for new students required.

Work Study and Scholarship opportunities available on a limited and select basis.

*APAA and Bell Works follow all COVID-19 Safety Procedures. Students will be required to wear masks and maintain social distance from others during their class. Students are required to sign a waiver upon registration for class.