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Tuesday, 30 April 2013 07:22

April 2: Field Trip "Shear Madness"


The 2013-14 end-of-year outing takes SEARCH participants to the Charles Playhouse in Boston where they will see "Shear Madness," a play which has been running since 1980.

Shear Madness" is one of the most popular entertainments in the world, delighting audiences night after night with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery.

Presenter: Simone Beaubien

Boston SlamMaster and world-class MC Simone Beaubien will return to SEARCH to host the annual poetry slam. The event always starts with an opportunity for students to read or perform their own poetry in a supportive, exciting environment. Beaubien, a 2008 National Poetry Slam finalist, will draw four other national competitors from the New England scene to perform their own original work in the slam.

Monday, 18 February 2013 21:16

Field Trip - Blue Man Group

Project SEARCH end of year field trip.

"I saw the show for the first time (after wanting to see it for about 10 years now) on Valentines day 3 years ago, and fell crazy in love with what they have put together in the show. Being that I am a big kid myself, I feel like I really connected with the group. So, now for the last year and a half I have been trying to get in the group.

Saturday, 07 April 2012 19:29

Poetry Slam, or competitive poetry

Presenter: Simone Beaubien

Boston SlamMaster and world-class MC Simone Beaubien will return to SEARCH to host the annual poetry slam. The event always starts with an opportunity for students to read or perform their own poetry in a supportive, exciting environment. Beaubien, a 2008 National Poetry Slam finalist, will draw four other national competitors from the New England scene to perform their own original work in the slam.

Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:01

12/7/2011: Poetry Slam, or competitive poetry

Presenter: Simone Beaubien

Boston SlamMaster and world-class MC Simone Beaubien will return to SEARCH to host the annual poetry slam. The event always starts with an opportunity for students to read or perform their own poetry in a supportive, exciting environment. Beaubien, a 2008 National Poetry Slam finalist, will draw four other national competitors from the New England scene to perform their own original work in the slam.

Poetry Slam is a thirty-year movement conventionally defined as “the art of competitive performance poetry.” It’s a fast-paced competition where poets have a limited amount of time to impress judges randomly selected from the audience: storytelling, lyricism, and stand-up comedy all come together in  what’s evolved to a modern oral tradition.

Slam is not a passive performance; in addition to the judges, other audience members are strongly encouraged to participate by cheering, whistling, or mildly heckling the hosts or judges. Kids and adults alike learn the power of a single word, line, or figure of speech when spoken aloud.

Alexander Nemser’s poems have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Paris Review. One of his poems is read aloud by a future CIA operative in Robert DeNiro's film The Good Shepherd. Nemser has been involved in performance poetry for the past year: first chanting poems to the backdrop of clanging cymbals and amplifier feedback in the basements of Boston, then a nomadic stretch of poetry declamations in apartments, lofts, galleries, open mics, and on street corners across the continent. He has performed internationally, including at the New York Fringe Festival and the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka.

April Ranger grew up in rural main and discovered poetry slam in Boston while attending Emerson College. She represented the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge as part of the venue's team at the 2008 and 2010 National Poetry Slams, including an appearance at Finals in 2008, and was the venue's sole representation at the Individual World Poetry Slams in 2009 and 2011. She has informally served as the Cantab team’s vocal coach since 2008, and is a valued workshopper and featured performer throughout the region. An emerging playwright, April received Emerson’s 2007 Nicole Dusfresne award for her play Street Sweepers, and her ten-minute play Frabjous Day premiered at the 2008 Boston Theatre Marathon at the Boston Center for the Arts. Her poems have appeared in Muzzle Magazine and Off the Coast.

Carlos Williams was a founding member of the Emerson College slam team (“The Gringo Choir“) that achieved CUPSI semi-finals in 2008. In 2009, the Emerson team competed at CUPSI Finals and Carlos was selected by his peers as Best Male Poet of the tournament. He also competed at the National Poetry Slam as part of the Boston Poetry Slam's team that same year. He hosts and works at the Cantab Lounge.

Mckendy Fils-Aimé hails from Manchester, New Hampshire. He is a four-time competitor at the National Poetry Slam, representing Slam Free or Die in 2008 and 2010 as well as Worcester Poets' Asylum in 2009, and the Boston Cantab Poetry Slam team in 2011. In early 2011, he toured the country as part of a poetry quartet called No More Ribcage. Some of his work can be found in literary journals such as Amoskeag, Radius, and Borderline.

 

The Boston Poetry Slam is held weekly at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, where Simone operates as SlamMaster, host, bookings agent, and more. Simone will also serve as the artistic director for the 2011 National Poetry Slam in Boston/Cambridge.

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Thursday, 05 April 2012 01:01

Field Trip "Shear Madness"

shear-madness-faintThe 2011-2012 end-of-year outing takes SEARCH participants again to the Charles Playhouse in Boston where they will see "Shear Madness," a play which has been running since 1980.

This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor.  During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime.The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem.

Voted "Best Comedy of the Year" seven times by the Boston Globe and recipient of the  title "Best Play of the Year" by both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Philadelphia Enquirer, "Shear Madness" has also received the Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America and has been inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame, the first play ever to receive that accolade.  "Shear Madness" is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the longest running play in the history of the USA.


Wednesday, 08 December 2010 00:00

Poetry Slam, or competitive poetry

Presenter: Simone Beaubien

A poetry slam is held at the Cantab Lounge every Wednesday night, year-round. The rotating cast of hosts is led by SlamMaster Simone Beaubien. She competed at the National Poetry Slams in Seattle, St. Louis, Albuquerque, Austin, Madison, and St. Paul.  She coached her 2008 National Poetry Slam team to a fourth-place finals finish, Boston's highest rank since 1995. She was the sole emcee for the finals of the 2007 Individual World Poetry Slam in Vancouver; and will serve as the artistic director for the 2011 National Poetry Slam in Boston/Cambridge. She operates as SlamMaster, host, bookings agent, and more for the weekly Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge.

Resources

Thursday, 14 April 2011 00:00

Field Trip - Blue Man Group

Project SEARCH end of year field trip.

"I saw the show for the first time (after wanting to see it for about 10 years now) on Valentines day 3 years ago, and fell crazy in love with what they have put together in the show. Being that I am a big kid myself, I feel like I really connected with the group. So, now for the last year and a half I have been trying to get in the group.