The American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp hosts free final performances
The 2014 ASC Theatre Camp Session 2 shows final performance is on Sunday, August 10.
The second session of American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp presents their final performances (free and open to the public) on Sunday, August 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m at the Blackfriars Playhouse. The ASC Theatre Camp is a program is for young, aspiring actors who want professional-quality training in a college preparatory environment. For three weeks, campers learn Shakespeare’s rehearsal and staging conditions by participating in performance master classes including audience contact, cue scripts, rhetoric, stage combat, music, and more, while rehearsing for their final performances. This summer, the ASC will host campers from 19 different U.S. states (ranging from California to right here in Virginia.) This session also features the runner-up winner of the English Speaking Union’s National Shakespeare Competition, which held its final competition at Lincoln Center in New York City
in March. The runner-up winner from Louisville, KY, Chloe Bell, received a full scholarship to attend the ASC Theatre Camp.
Kimberly Newton, Director of College Prep Programs for the ASC, knows the impact that these three weeks make on the campers’ lives: “The ASC Theatre Camp is a key part of the mission of the American Shakespeare Center. Our campers discover and explore their passions for creating theatre using Shakespeare’s staging conditions, and they can receive college credit and make lasting friendships.”
This group of talented young actors will perform abridged versions of William Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part Three (with two casts) and All’s Well That Ends Well. Henry VI, Part Three is Shakespeare’s pinnacle epic drama about the Wars of the Roses in which the Yorkists and Lancastrians battle over the crown of England. Queen Margaret fiercely defends her son’s claim to the throne while York’s sons topple the army of King Henry VI. In All’s Well That Ends Well, Helena pursues Bertram in the French court, though his unrequited love and forced marriage to her drives him to seek out other affections and wartime glory in Italy. Helena schemes to be reunited with her husband.
The final performances are free and open to the public, and the ASC invites everyone to come out and support these young actors as they take the stage with these exciting shows.
The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, recovers the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education. The ASC’s Blackfriars Playhouse, the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, is open year-round for productions of classic plays, which have been hailed by The Washington Post as “shamelessly entertaining” and by The Boston Globe as “phenomenal…bursting with energy.” Founded in 1988 as Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, the organization became the American Shakespeare Center in 2005 and can be found online at