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Shakespeare’s World: What’s Cool in the Classics

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. You will study the play in depth and take a field trip to see a live, professional production of it.

You will audition for parts and learn 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. 

Rehearsals take place from 9 am –5 pm, Monday through Friday, Saturday from 9:00 – 11:30am and one evening rehearsal. Other activities may include Elizabethan mask-making, sonnet writing, and improvisational games and exercises.

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.  

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.

Although this is an open admission program, students will have casting auditions 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 supper 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.)

This is an anticipated list of items needed for this theatre workshop. You may be required to bring additional items pertaining to the specific production. We will communicate with enrolled students on those needs about 6 weeks prior to the program.

10 – 13

July 16 – July 29, 2023
Two week session

Student Performance
Saturday July 29, 2023
Time and location TBD

Tuition, Room and Board

Day Student Tuition

Lab Fee

Health & Safety Fee

Enrollment Capacity
16 Students
Total capacity includes Residential and Day Students

Johanna McKay, and Judy Heneghan

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