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By July 21, 2015 One Comment

Summer is underway and various Shakespeare summer camps are rehearsing and performing across the United States. Here are a few from this week’s news:

Camp at Winedale

Students participating in the Shakespeare at Winedale summer season in Texas have spent two months working anywhere from fifteen to eighteen hours per day in preparation for performance. From now until August 9, audiences can see productions of Shakespeare’s Henry V, Pericles, Twelfth Night, and John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi.

Winedale’s summer sessions begin with text work – including perspectives and criticism from academia – and moves into an immersive couple of months at the Winedale Historical Complex. The summer performance course began in 1970 with the donation of the Historic Complex land. Camp Shakespeare performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It. Performances are open to students at the University of Texas College of Liberal Arts.

Internships and Intensives in California

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Relámpago del Cielo dancers for SOC’s Romeo and Juliet – photo by Jordan Kubat

Shakespeare Orange County has opened the summer with a new professional actor internship program. Twenty students from the Orange County School of the Arts are currently appearing in a production of Romeo and Juliet which will run through August 1. The cast was assembled as a dilberate attempt to address the multiracial community with involvement from the Korean Social Club or Orange County, Relámpago del Cielo, and Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association. Student actors will receive a stipend for their work.

“It’s just like any internship created by a (college) graduate program except it’s (through) a high school.” – John Walcutt, artistic director [OC Register]

Elsewhere in Pasadena, students ranging from ages six to eighteen began a five week intensive with A Noise Within, a classical repertory theatre company founded by Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez Elliott. The participants studied acting, choreography, combat, design, diction, improvisation, speech, and text analysis with theatre professionals in the conservatory-style program called “Summer With Shakespeare.”

The camp began in 1993 with a three-week session, but its success has prompted directors to expand the program to five weeks. Culimating performances from three age groups took place on July 16 and 17. The eldest group performed a “full production” of King Lear.

Camp in Louisiana

Downtown Lafayette in Louisiana recently saw more than forty young actors perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of the Summer Youth Shakespeare Ensemble. The thirteenth annual summer camp from Acting Up provides actors from elementary to high school ages with a special performing arts camp that culminates in the production of a play by William Shakespeare. The camp also includes a study of dance, music, and set design.

Walla Walla and Seattle Shakespeare

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The summer intensive at Shakespeare Walla Walla

Coming up, Columbia REA presents a Shakespeare intensive camp offered by Shakespeare Walla Walla and the Walla Walla Community College Foundation. During the month of August, interested students, ages fourteen and up, will have the opportunity to participate in the new theater-based summer camp as a part of Shakespeare Walla Walla’s Summer Festival.

Kids who attend the two-week camp will study monologues, scenes, and stage combat under the guidance of professionals as well as interact with the cast of the Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of As You Like It. The students will also perform a warm-up show before the show and stage their own “Shakespeare Under the Stars” finale performance showcase of scenes on August 23.

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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