Young Shakespeareans Summer Theatre Camps and Teen Workshops

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Bard on the Beach announces the return of its annual Young Shakespeareans Summer Theatre Camps and Teen Workshops, with sessions beginning July 3rd and running through to August 31, 2018.

Registration is now open for the programs, which allow children and teens from ages 8 to 18 to receive coaching by professional actors from Bard on the Beach, and perform some of Shakespeare’s most beloved works on the iconic stage under the white tents in Vanier Park. One of the theatre company’s key education initiatives for more than two decades, this season Young Shakespeareans will grow and expand to include full-day options that take participants beyond the world of performance and into production.

Romeo and Juliet Bard on the Beach Young Shakespeareans
Photo by Joe Biegel

Young Shakespeareans Summer Theatre Camps and Teen Workshops

Dates: July 3 to August 31, 2018
Venue: Bard on the Beach in Vanier Park

Participation costs range from $370.00 to $490.00 for two-week, half-day programs and one-week, full-day programs; and $800.00 for two-week, full-day programs. All programs have additional options available for early drop-off and late pick-up. A Bard Education Bursary Fund is also available for individuals who may require assistance overcoming financial barriers to participation.

About Young Shakespeareans Summer Theatre Camps

The full scope of the Young Shakespeareans Summer Camps and Workshops consists of 16 distinct sessions, most of which are half-day sessions running for two weeks. Each workshop caters to a specific age group (8 to 13 or 13 to 18 year olds) and is centred around one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays (among 2018 options are Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and more). Two intensive workshops are offered for full-day sessions for a single week, for 11-14 and 15-18 year olds.

Over the course of the workshop, professional actors from Bard’s company will help participants bring Shakespeare’s words to life through coaching in voice, movement and dialogue, and with activities designed to boost confidence and foster collaborative relationships. Each session culminates with the opportunity for the young thespians to share their work on Bard on the Beach’s Vanier Park stages.

New for 2018, the traditional two-week, half-day program will expand to include full-day options. Following a morning of learning and rehearsing, participants can choose to stay for the afternoons, going ‘behind-the-scenes’ to learn about the broader workings of a theatre production. These special activities will include explorations of prop and wardrobes, tours of technical facilities, and special visits and activities with guest Festival staff.

Young Shakespeareans is the flagship program of Bard Education, an arm of the theatre organization dedicated to inspiring the Lower Mainland community through dynamic, engaging experiences with the language, characters, and plays of William Shakespeare.

In addition to the summer programming, its year-round operations include performance workshops for adult Shakespeare enthusiasts; community partnerships that bring free programming to disadvantaged neighbourhoods; paid post-secondary internships; classroom programming; teacher training; and more.

Win Your Way In

Win a spot in the Young Shakespeareans Summer Theatre Camps for the young actor in your life! I’m giving away the following, thanks to Bard on the Beach:

  • One spot in the Young Shakespeareans Camp: Shakespeare Shakeup
    (Valued at $490)
  • Aug 13-17, 2018 9:30am to 5:00pm for 11-14 yr olds
  • A one week, full-day intensive that explores the favourite scenes and speeches in the plays.
  • Registration in the camps includes 2 complimentary tickets to a predetermined, mainstage performance. For this camp it will be August 18th performance of As You Like It.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

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Update The winner is Roger!

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5 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Jason BTuesday, May 15th, 2018 — 2:18pm PDT

    I have been to the Globe in London…I am sure this production will be the same…

  2. JanineThursday, May 17th, 2018 — 9:23am PDT

    This would be an amazing experience for my 13 year old son! It would also give hime a better appreciation for the depth and use of the english language.

  3. Roger OldhamThursday, May 17th, 2018 — 12:43pm PDT

    These look amazing! My 13 year old daughter Jasmina would absolutely love the opportunity to be a part of this!

  4. Darren DThursday, May 17th, 2018 — 9:49pm PDT

    My 12 year old daughter is a musical theatre fanatic and would love this experience.

  5. RozTuesday, May 22nd, 2018 — 12:48am PDT

    What a great idea; definately will check it out.

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