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Puppets added to Kingsmen Summer Festival | O, What Learning Is!

By June 2, 2015 No Comments

kscNow in its thirtieth year, the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company theater camp will add a puppet workshop to its roster of offerings. Co-presented by California Lutheran University, the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company presents an annual festival each summer.

The new half-day puppeteering session will aim teach participants, ages eight through sixteen, how to build and use marionettes for a public performance of Romeo and Juliet.

As the professional theater company of Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, the company facilitates student performances, coordinates apprentice programs, supplements festival staff with teachers and actors, and provides an educational tour program to local schools.

Other courses include Beginning Shakespeare (for ages eight to twelve), which explores history, movement, stage combat, and textual analysis toward a completed presentation of a abridged play. Advanced Shakespeare (ages eight to sixteen) will investigate acting, combat, dance, and scene work with a culminating performance of a condensed Macbeth.

From the Kingsmen website:

Each year KSC offers opportunities for high school, college and university students to apprentice with Kingsmen’s professional company during the Summer Festival. High school students can become junior apprentices performing during pre-show activities and in minor roles on the mainstage. Interns provide the core of the production and support staff of the Festival and are primarily drawn from the CLU student body. Apprentices are recruited nationally from college and university theatre programs throughout the country through a competitive audition process. Interns and apprentices understudy major roles and perform in mainstage productions.

Workshop sessions begin June 15. This year’s festival includes mainstage performances of Measure for Measure and Richard III.

Author Claire

Claire Kimball earned her Master of Letters degree in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College. She has served as a dramaturg for the American Shakespeare Center and Brave Spirits Theatre. Claire has presented her research to the Shakespeare Association of America, the Blackfriars Conference, the Southeastern Renaissance Conference, and the Comparative Drama Conference. Her essay on developing a rehearsal technique for early modern drama appeared in Renaissance Papers 2008.

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