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The Bard on the Pod

The Bard on the Pod

By Valley Shakespeare Festival
A podcast by Valley Shakespeare Festival
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S1E5 Part 3 - A Christmas Carol

The Bard on the Pod

S1E5 Part 3 - A Christmas Carol

The Bard on the Pod

What it takes to put on a show!
Putting on a show each summer is a huge undertaking. In order to offer it to the community at no charge, we have to raise tens of thousands of dollars. We pay our actors, we pay our staff, we pay our vendors, and we have costumes, housing, travel, props, printing, signage, and so many other costs to cover. It has always been the mission of VSF to offer the summer show to the community so everyone could have the opportunity to see a professional show without traveling or spending a ton of money. How do we raise that money? 1. Ticketed shows during the rest of the year (which we haven't been able to do in 2020 or 2021 due to COVID) 2. Grants (which have been hard to come by for arts programs thanks to COVID) 3. Corporate Sponsorships (which have been coming in much slower than in the past due to COVID) 4. Individual supporters donating during The Great Give, Giving Tuesday, at fundraisers, becoming Patreon members, and the $10 suggested donations at the Park shows (individual giving is also down thanks to COVID) (Join our Patreon! Last year we put on a show. This year, our 9th year, we are putting on a show. We can't and won't let COVID stop us, but we really could use some more support. We have some options: Option A: If you can, please consider donating here through the fundraiser Erin Bennedum set up. Option B: Become a Patreon member. Memberships are $5, $10, or $15 a month and come with some pretty cool perks. ( Option C: Let us know if you can take on corporate sponsorship and we will send you information. We have some great benefits to offer throughout the year. Corporate sponsorships start out as low as $500 for the year! ( Option D: Attend a show and donate there. How much did you spend on your last trip to Broadway? Maybe you can consider making a matching donation to VSF. No matter if you can give $5 or $15,000, we appreciate you and hope to see you at the show. We know times are tough and not everyone is in the position to give. You do NOT have to donate in order to attend our summer show going on now through Sunday at Quarry Walk in Oxford. We offer the show to you at no cost, but it is not free to put it on. Please consider supporting Valley Shakespeare Festival in any way you can and we hope to see you at the show! Thank you.
July 23, 2021
BONUS Episode To Promote The Adventures of Pericles
In this BONUS episode, Tom and Kayleigh speak to two of the five actors who will star in The Adventures of Pericles Shows will take place at the Parks in Shelton and in Oxford! Hosts: Kayleigh Mihalko Tom Simonetti Guests: Eric Bermudez Zak Risinger Visit for details and become a Patreon supporter by visiting our PATREON PROFILE ___________ THE ADVENTURES OF PERICLES By William Shakespeare and George Wilkins TWO WEEKS.  TWO LOCATIONS. JULY 15th-18th at 7 PM in Veteran's Memorial Park, 38 Canal Street E. Shelton, CT JULY 22nd-25th at 7 PM at Quarry Walk, 300 Oxford Road in Oxford, CT FREE! with suggested $10 donation ​ Get ready to go on an ADVENTURE with VSF this summer! ​ Join us in Veteran's Memorial Park for this epic story of love, loss, and pirates! ABOUT: A storm at sea brings love into the life of Pericles, Prince of Tyre; another snatches it away. Many years must pass before fate guides the wandering hero to a poignant reunion with the family he thought he had lost forever. RUN TIME: Approx. 80 minutes, no intermission GOOD FOR: Ages9+
July 8, 2021
S1E8 - 10 Myths and Misconceptions of William Shakespeare
*This episode has a language warning! You might not want to listen with young children.* Hosts: Kayleigh Mihalko and Tom Simonetti.   Edited and Produced by: Kayleigh Mihalko and Tom Simonetti.  In this episode, Kayleigh quizzes Tom on myths and misconceptions on The Bard. For an additional TWO myths, become a Patreon member! Become a Member:
March 28, 2021
S1E7: How To Pick A Season
In this episode, Tom and Kayleigh talk about how the season of shows is chosen and discuss books! Become a Member: Show Notes:
February 26, 2021
S1E6 - 2021 Season and Membership Announcements
Hosts Tom and Kayleigh talk all new things happening in 2021, including the season and the brand new membership program - Friends of VSF.
January 26, 2021
S1E5 Part 4 - A Christmas Carol
VSF podcast hosts, Kayleigh and Tom, are joined by local community leaders to do a reading of Charles Dicken's Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol, adapted by Tom Simonetti.
December 22, 2020
S1E5 Part 3 - A Christmas Carol
Kayleigh and Tom are joined by more community leaders for the third part of the VSF community reading of A Christmas Carol.
December 19, 2020
S1E5 Part 2 - A Christmas Carol
Kayleigh and Tom are joined by more community leaders for the second part of the VSF community reading of A Christmas Carol.
December 14, 2020
S1E5 Part 1 - A Christmas Carol
VSF podcast hosts, Kayleigh and Tom, are joined by local community leaders to do a reading of Charles Dicken's Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol, adapted by Tom Simonetti.
December 8, 2020
S1E4 - Food In Shakespeare's Time
In this episode, Tom and Kayleigh speak to Jim Calkins of Seasonal Catering about food and traditions in Shakespeare's day. 
November 14, 2020
S1E3 - The Ghosts Of Shakespeare
It's that time of year. Haunting season! Listen as Tom and Kayleigh discuss the ghosts of VSF's past, present, and future.  Performances from both Shakespeare's "Macbeth", "Hamlet" will keep you haunted for the Halloween season!
October 29, 2020
S1E2 - VSF goes to the Farm
Join Valley Shakespeare Festival down on the Farm...well, Massaro Farm exactly.  Family programming abounds this year on October 10th and 11th when VSF presents a socially distant SNOW WHITE at Massaro Community Farm in Woodbridge, CT.    Tickets can be found here: This podcast features Massaro's Executive Director, Caty Poole,  and Maragaret Remboski and Killian Meehan who were past members from our inaugural production on the farm of the classic, "Charlotte's Web".
September 28, 2020
Cyrano in COVID-19
Take a look into Valley Shakespare Festival's CYRANO, playing September 3rd through 6th, 2020 at 7 PM in Veteran's Memorial Park in Shelton, CT. In this quick episode we talk to our three actors, and our fight choreographer Carlo Riveccio.
August 31, 2020
The Park that Started A Tradition
In this episode, we talk to actors and audience members of Valley Shakespeare Festival and our annual tradition of Shakespeare in the Park.  In 2013, Tom Simonetti and an intrepid group of actors rehearsed and performed the first VSF Shakespeare in the Park production of "The Comedy of Errors" and an annual tradition was born.    We will also speak with past actors and crew members from our 8 years of performing the park, and their experiences in 99-degree heat, how much we love the rain, auditioning for VSF and the importance of education and training to become an actor. This episode features Erin Bennedum, Jessica Breda, Theresa Carroll, Mitchel Kawash, Kristen Kingsley, Steve Mazzoccone and Megan McGarvey. With your hosts: Kayleigh Mihalko and Tom Simonetti
August 12, 2020
Teaser for The Bard On The Pod
Hey there...are you a fan of theater, backstage stories...and also can’t get enough classical theater in your life?  Join us, Tom Simonetti, and Kayleigh Mihalko, on the Valley Shakespeare Festival’s podcast. Our episodes will be about how VSF operates and will be both educational and entertaining. We will discuss Shakespeare’s original practices, how his works relate to today in a fun and unique way, and we explore the production side of things!  Hiring and firing actors, running a non-profit theater company, and everything that has made Valley Shakespeare Festival tick since 2013.
July 22, 2020