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Theatre Intensive: From Shakespeare to Song & Dance (Sold Out)

This program has sold out, with no waitlist at this time. To join the waitlist, please complete the Camper Application for all ages. Here is a guide to joining the waitlist.

“From Shakespeare to Song & Dance” is an exciting 3-week theatre workshop composed of fun-filled and challenging classes in Shakespeare, improvisation, creative writing, dance, and vocal work culminating in a performance featuring students acting, singing, and dancing in a musical theatre adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s famous plays!  

Johanna McKay directs student actors with passion and humor to bring out the power, talent, and personal best of each individual while providing the necessary tools for a strong mastery of classical theatre that will have actors hitting the stage with new-found confidence. . .  acting coach, Judy Heneghan, will assist the students in character development and scene analysis through engaging improv workshops and creative writing classes… as choreographers Billy and Mishka teach movement though diverse dance classes and choreography sessions that increase flexibility, technique, and performance quality.  

For Campers:  At the end of the second week, your creative results from the workshop will be featured in a fun, informal, in-camp performance. Entertain your fellow campers with a rollicking, short evening of sketch comedy featuring monologues and scenes you’ve written, Shakespearean insults, songs, improvisation games, sword fighting, retelling the play from your character’s point of view, pieces of dances you’ve learned, and/or comedic lessons in theatre etiquette and backstage blunders! 

For Parents and Campers:  At the end of the third week, you will perform a musical theatre adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s plays under the stars with professional lighting, sets, costumes, and music!  

For auditions:  Please come prepared with 16 bars of a song, a short monologue, and a special skill that shows off a talent (cartwheel, juggling, a piece of your writing, magic trick, etc.).

Theatre workshops are open admission. 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.

Although this is an open admission program, students will have casting auditions after working with faculty.

  • Water bottle
  • Black/dark dress or skirt, or black/dark leggings, pants and/or jeans
  • Black dress, character, or jazz shoes, closed-toe dress shoes, or black sneakers
  • Black socks
  • White blouse or camisole
  • White button-up long-sleeved shirt
  • Comfortable clothes you can move in
  • Athletic or tennis shoes
  • Rehearsal blacks (pants and shirt)
  • Hair ties or clips for long hair
  • Combat/winter boots (optional)
  • White blouses/shirts
  • Tennis shoes (jazz shoes and/or jazz sneakers/ballet slippers if you happen to own them, otherwise tennis shoes and socks will be just fine. Please no sandals, crocs, or flip flops.
  • Comfortable clothes you can move in             

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.

Find the full schedule and materials list here.

A typical day might be:

  • 9 am – 12 pm – Warm up, dance technique, choreography, singing rehearsal
  • 1:15 – 5 pm – On stage acting techniques, blocking rehearsal
  • 6:15 – 7:30 pm – Workshop games, improvisation and creative writing to dive deeper into character

A day in the Theatre Intensive program will be filled with fun and excitement as we prepare to perform our play!  We’ll dive into what the Shakespearean text means and create characters, work as an ensemble to learn dances and songs, develop our improvisation skills to play acting games, and dive deeper into our characters with some creative writing.  Every day will involve all of these elements including warm ups and blocking on our gorgeous outdoor stage, with the breeze wafting through the pines as we work together to create theatre magic!

Johanna McKay is an award winning actress of theatre, television, and film who has directed young people in Shakespeare for over 25 years. She teaches acting to underprivileged children through P.S. ARTS and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theater at LACC. Her adaptation of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” was published by Playscripts, Inc. 
IMDB: Johanna McKay

Judy Heneghan – Judy has taught acting, writing, and improvisation for more than 20 years. Having studied theatre at the UW-LaCrosse and U-MN., improvisation w/ Paul Sills, and acting at the Uta Hagen Studio in New York; Judy went on to teach at the Virginia Avenue Project, Otis School of Design in Los Angeles, and the Aaron Copeland Music & Arts Camp in New York; as well as improv classes from Minneapolis to Ireland. In addition to numerous acting credits, Judy was lead singer of an R&B band based in Ireland and an acapella girl-group in NYC. At Idyllwild Summer Arts, Judy has taught Page to Stage, Theater of Myth and Folklore, and worked with Johanna McKay assistant directing Shakespeare’s World. Judy has written and performed her solo story/shows at many theatres in LA and MN. She co-wrote/created and performs as “Olive” in the long running comedy musical  “The Martini & Olive Show”- touring Theatres and Comedy Clubs thru-out the country. (AEA, SAG, AFTRA)

Billy Rugh & Michelle “Mishka” Benton – Billy and Mishka have been choreographing and teaching dance together for 20 years.  Their work can be seen recently on the first two seasons of Legacies (Netflix),on America’s Got Talent, the VH1 Trailblazer Awards, and at Disneyland; with artists such as LeAnn Rimes, Lily Tomlin, Alan Cumming, Susan Eagan, Rachel York, Joanna Gleason, Jennifer Holliday, Stephanie J. Block, and Jason Graae; in theatres including Disney Hall and the Dolby.  Their work has been performed internationally in Canada, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina.  They have served on the Congressional Arts Committee for Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Congresswoman Judy Chu and were awarded the David Chow Humanitarian Award for Arts Education. IG @billyandmiska

Age: 14-18

July 3-24, 2021
Three-week session

Student Performance
Friday, July 24, 2021 at 8 pm

Performance of a musical adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s great comedies!

Tuition, room and board:

Day student tuition:

Lab fee:

*Enrollment limited to 10 students.
Total capacity includes Residential and Day Students.

Johanna McKay, Judy Heneghan, Billy Rugh, & Michelle “Mishka” Benton

*The total enrollment of the program may increase to 16 pending changes in Health Guidelines from the CDC and local authorities.

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