Our mission is to teach Shakespeare in a manner which dispels the fear and mysticism associated with Shakespeare; we nurture a comfort with, and ownership of, his language. We believe Shakespeare is for everyone regardless of age, race, gender, and socio-economic background. Our programs illuminate Shakespeare’s relevance in our lives today.
SPRING BREAK CAMP
Whether you sign up for an entire week of Shakespeare fun or drop in as your schedule allows your child will have fantastic time exploring some of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters and plays. Our vacation camps are based in creative play and imaginative discovery. Campers will learn the basics of acting through theater games, playful text work, and creating a character. The winter break camp theme is Shakespeare’s heroes and villains; the spring break theme is Shakespeare’s comedies.
2019 SPRING BREAK CAMP
When: April 15—19
Hours: 9:00am — 12:00pm
Ages: grades 3-5
Where: The Studio for Performing Arts, New Canaan
Cost: $300 for the week. $250 IF YOU REGISTER BY APRIL 1
2019 SUMMER CAMPS
We offer summer camps for children ages 6-15. The Groundlings introduces 6-8 year olds to Shakespeare, his language and his plays. The First Folio players is perfect for 9-11 year olds who are interested in acting and performing scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. The Jr. version of our season’s play is for the “serious” performer. Designed for 12-15 year olds who crave the experience of performing an hour long Shakespeare play, campers will participate in a ensemble building workshop prior to auditioning for the play. Once cast the campers will work together to bring the play to life and perform it on our mainstage for an invited audience of family and friends. No Shakespeare experience necessary for any of our camps!
2019 summer camps will run June 24 — July 5 *
AGE: 6-8 year olds
DATES: June 24-June 28
LOCATION: Rowatyon Community Center, Grace Room (upstairs)
Campers will explore the charac and plot of Twelfth Night through theater games and fun activities. They will learn basic acting skills, become familiar with Shakespeare’s language, and learn to work as a team when creating theater. The camp will conclude with a 20 minute performance for family and friends.
THE FIRST FOLIO PLAYERS
AGE: 9-11 year olds
DATES: June 24-June 28
LOCATION: Rowayton Community Center, Grace Room (upstairs)
This camp is perfect for children who are interested in acting but do not want the pressure of auditioning for and performing in our Twelfth Night Jr. Campers will learn to work as an ensemble though theater games, acting exercises, and trust building activities. The campers will develop their acting skills as they work on scenes from Twelfth Night. Each camper will have a “big role” in at least one of the scenes and learn how to create multiple characters as they will be playing more than one part. On the final day of camp the campers will perform their scenes from Twelfth Night for family and friends.
TWELFTH NIGHT JR
AGE: 12-15 year olds
DATES: June 24th-July 5 (Saturday June 29th will be a half day; no camp Sunday June 30 or on July 4).
PLEASE NOTE: Because of the holiday we may offer alternate dates for the camp which would be Sunday, June 23rd-Wednesday, July 3. Camp would meet every day from 11am-6:30pm.
TIME: 11:30am-5:30pm June 24, 25, 26, 27, 28; 11-3 on June 29; 11am-6:30pm July 1,2,3; 11am-1pm with 2pm performance on July 5.
LOCATION: Darien Arts Center. Final performance in Pinkney Park in Rowayton.
Run in partnership with the Darien Arts Center, Twelfth Night Jr. is designed for the avid theater performer. Over 10 days campers will explore and rehearse a 50 minute version of Twelfth Night which will be performed on the main stage in Pinkney Park for family and friends on the last day of camp. Campers will learn to create ensemble through theater games, improv, and trust exercises, They will explore acting on a deeper level learning more advanced techniques and approaches to creating character. Although no prior acting experience is necessary, this is a performance focused camp and campers will audition for their role. Not every camper will have a leading role BUT every camper will have an important and active role in bringing Twelfth Night to life. **campers will be invited to attend an optional 2.5 hour workshop prior to camp which will introduce them to Shakespeare’s language and the characters and plot of Twelfth Night. Register for this camp through the Darien Arts Center: https://reg139.imperisoft.com/DarienArtsCenter/ProgramDetail/3438333638/Registration.aspx
*There will not be camp on July 4.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Nick Urda at email@example.com