William Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets in addition to his plays. He dealt with themes of love, loss, aging, jealousy, and the nature of writing.
Our really fun Celebrity Sonnets event is held twice a year: In North County at the Dove Library in Carlsbad, and at the Old Globe in Balboa Park.
At each Celebrity Sonnets event, we ask actors, local celebrities, musicians, dancers and specially invited guests to perform their choice of Shakespeare’s immortal and mysterious poems of love and passion. They can interpret them in any way, so it is always a unique and creative event.
Here are our Celebrity Sonnets events for 2016!!:
North County Celebrity Sonnets
- Monday, August 8th, 2016. 7:30pm. Doors Open at 7:00 pm.
- It’s FREE, donations welcomed.
- Dove Library’s Schulman Auditorium, City of Carlsbad
Our 15th Annual Celebrity Sonnets at the Old Globe Theatre
- Monday, October 10th, 2016. 7:30pm. Doors open 7.00pm.
- The Old Globe Theatre, Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Balboa Park
– Includes music, dance, poetry and lots of fun.
- This is always a Bard-tastic night out!
- Tickets: $20 Non-Members, $10 Members/Senior/Military.
– Tickets can be purchased by credit card through PayPal, at the door or in advance by mail.
– To purchase tickets by mail, send check payable to SDSS to 7442 Conestoga Way, San Diego, CA 92120, and tell us the number in your party.
This year’s performers at the Old Globe include:
– Vox Nobili Madrigal Ensemble
- Leigh Scarritt Productions Ensemble
– San Diego Civic Youth Ballet with Vanessa Dinning
– Tangocentric Dance Project
– Jonathan McMurtry
Our Master of Ceremonies at the Old Globe this year is Mr Verbivore himself, the wonderful Richard Lederer.
Our Celebrity Sonnets events are our main fund raiser to support our Annual Student Shakespeare Festival.
WATCH THE SAN DIEGO SHAKESPEARE SOCIETY 2014 OLD GLOBE CELEBRITY SONNETS PERFORMANCE!!!
Recorded at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park, San Diego. October 13th 2014
The video was recorded and edited for us by Shamus Brown. THANKS SHAMUS!
>> San Diego Union Tribune: Article by Richard Lederer about the 2015 Old Globe Sonnets
PAST CELEBRITIES HAVE INCLUDED:
– Jonathan McMurtry, Actor and Associate Artist at the Old Globe
– Zandra Rhodes, internationally famous fashion designer and set designer for opera
– Ross Porter, KSDS FM
– Richard Lederer, Union Tribune Columnist and Noted Author. See his article.
– San Diego Civic Youth Ballet
– Leigh Scarritt Productions
- Claudia Russell, Program Director, and Jeff Dalrymple, KSDS Jazz88.3 FM
– Catalina Zelles (actress/student)
– Kasey Kay, Concert Pianist
– Des McAnuff, Tony award winning Artistic Director
– Barry Edelstein, OId Globe Artistic Director
– Vox Nobili madrigal ensemble
– San Diego Civic Dance Arts
– Miles Anderson
– Cynthia Stokes, SD Opera Director
– Diane Welch, Writer
– Pat Launer, Art Critic
– Dr. William A. Nericcio, Professor of Comparative Literature, SDSU
– Michael Morgan, Educator, Conductor & Vocal Director
– Gabe Krut, Student, Actor, award-winner Student Shakespeare Festival
– Choral Scholars, USD
THANKS TO OUR CELEBRITY SONNETS SPONSORS
The Celebrity Sonnets are brought to you with a generous donation from the County of San Diego, Community Projects Grant and with major funding from a grant from the Commission for Arts and Culture.
Thanks also to the Old Globe Theater in San Diego’s beautiful Balboa Park.
We also thank all of our other wonderful sponsors and donors. See a list of them.
And our special thanks to Walkers Shortbread for their generous donation of delicious shortbread at Society events.
Thanks also to our performers and you the audience!