COVID-19 Response

Summer Instructional Series for ages 13-18

A New Educational Offering from Shakespeare in the Parks

"When the wind is southernly, I know a hawk from a handsaw." ~Hamlet, Act II, Scene II

This summer, we're building upon the lessons we learned with Virtual Shakes and offering an online class series for students ages 13-18 all centering around the play, Hamlet. Students can participate in one, two, or all three courses through the summer.

Each course is $125/student. A $25/course discount is applied for each additional course. Discounts also exist for multiple students from the same household.

Courses are facilitated by master educator, Stephanie Chavara.

Monologues and Solos - July 20-29

Led by instructor, Sarah West, participants will engage in group activities, peer learning, and high caliber monologue and solo coaching in this unique class. Combining play with a Shakespeare text-intensive, participants will take their audition game to the next level, and learn how to be a resource to one another when preparing material independently. All participants will perform a piece at the end of the class but this is not just for serious actors. If you’ve ever been curious about Shakespeare or acting, directing or learning more theatre games, strengthening your public speaking skills or having fun with like-minded people this is a way to dig in deep to the speeches of Hamlet and to experiment with theatre in our current moment in time. The class will consist of daily group activities (virutally, of course!), guided activities designed by MSIP staff, and some peer-to-peer collaborative learning.

Bonus! Monologues and Solos will be augmented by a two hour stage combat workshop.

*Limited to 14 students

Creating a Scene - August 3-14

Have you ever wondered how to stage a scene from Hamlet? Or thought about learning a different aspect of the theatre-making process? Join us for “creating a scene”, a chance to decode Shakespeare’s most famous play, Hamlet through text work, staging, and design. Led by Aila Peck, create an ensemble from across the state to stretch the possibilities of performance in this virtual class. With the guidance of MSIP’s highly trained staff, participants will learn how to base directorial, design, and acting choices in the text all while adapting a scene as an ensemble. Participants will meet daily via a virtual platform and will continue their work with guided exercises provided by MSIP as well as time collaborating with their peers. For anyone interested in understanding Shakespeare and bringing his plays to life, actors, directors, designers, and the theatre-curious. The course will culminate in a presentation of scenes and a Q and A for the ensembles to break-down and explain their art-making process.

*Limited to 14 students

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