For the serious, young performer: dive into this fun, hands-on approach to the works of William Shakespeare! You will learn about the life and times of Shakespeare and rehearse an adapted version of one of his plays, which you will perform at the end of the session.
July 14 – July 27, 2024
Two week session
10 – 13
Total Capacity includes Residential and Day Students
In this two-week theatre intensive, you will begin by auditioning for parts and learning simple and direct acting techniques for bringing Shakespeare’s words to life. The production also may include basic stage combat, singing, and dancing, depending on the talents of the individual cast members and the needs of the show. You will study the play in depth and even take a field trip to see a live, professional production.
Rehearsals take place from 9am – 5pm, Monday through Friday and Saturday from 9:00 – 11:30am. At least one evening rehearsal is scheduled as the performance gets closer. Other activities may include Elizabethan mask-making, sonnet writing, and improvisational games and exercises.
This is an open-admission program for all interested students, regardless of their level of experience (or lack thereof). Instructors will work with your child at their level. Your child will improve and learn new skills, whether they are a beginner or have been acting and performing for years. They do, however, need to be willing to project their voices and act onstage.
Students will be asked to send in a video of themselves doing a 1 minute Shakespeare monologue using vocal projection for the stage. Instructions for submitting the video will be sent closer to the start of the program.
Please note that this video will not impact your child’s admission to the program; this is an open-admission program for students of all skill levels. Rather, the video will be utilized to determine your child’s skill level and to help with planning for the production that the students will work on.
Please also note that although this is an open admission program (no formal audition is required upon entry), students will have casting auditions at camp after working with faculty.
Water bottle (very important)
For the field trip:
A low beach chair or blanket to sit on at the theater (it will be OUTDOOR theater – so bring a sweater or a jacket),
Money for snacks/ice cream (a bag “lunch” will be provided for a picnic before the show)
For rehearsals and costumes:
Footwear: tennis shoes, boots (black or brown), closed-toed dress, ballet flats, jazz shoes, or character shoes (if you have them, in black, brown, or beige) No sandals, crocs, or flip-flops, please.
Comfortable clothes you can move in
Dark legwear (black leggings, black pants and/or long jeans)
White blouses or shirts (short or long-sleeved)
Tank tops/undershirts to wear underneath as needed (and for modest quick changes)
Any Renaissance Fair-type costumes you may have (flowing skirts, cloaks, corset vests, blouses, pants, hats, small purses, bags, etc.)
You may be required to bring additional items pertaining to the specific production. We will communicate with enrolled students on those needs prior to the program.
Johanna McKay, has worked extensively with writers and composers to create original plays and musicals which she then directs, and has adapted and directed eleven of Shakespeare’s plays. Her adaptation of “As You Like It” was published by Playscripts, Inc. Johanna is the Curriculum Consultant on the Netflix show “Julie’s Greenroom” which teaches children about the arts. Johanna also teaches theater at Los Angeles City College and directs and teaches for P.S. Arts, a non-profit group that integrates the arts into underfunded public schools in the Los Angeles area. She spends her summers at Idyllwild Fine Arts Camp directing musicals, Shakespearean adaptations, and original plays generated by the students. She has also taught acting and improvisation at UCLA. Johanna has trained with The Groundlings, earned her B.F.A from The Theatre School, DePaul University, and her M.F.A. in theater, film and television from UCLA. Besides film and television, Johanna’s acting credits include work at Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Dallas Theatre Center, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and The Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, California.
Judy Heneghan has acted, directed, written plays, and taught both acting and improv for more than 20 years. Judy’s musical credits include being the lead singer of R&B Band, Blue in the Face, in Ireland; she also has numerous musical theater credits. Judy has taught Improvisation Story Theatre in Ireland, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles (LA). She was a teaching artist at the Aaron Copeland Music and Arts Camp in New York. At Idyllwild Arts, Judy has taught Page to Stage, Improvisation Comedy, and Theatre of Myth. Alongside Johanna McKay, she has taught Shakespeare’s World and “The Play’s The Thing.” Judy co-wrote/created and performs as Olive in the long-running comedy musical The Martini & Olive Show, touring theaters and comedy clubs throughout the country.
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