Thursday, March 29, 2012


Putnam County  Playhouse will conduct its 8th annual Youth Theatre Workshop beginning Monday, June 18.

 Interested students should be enrolled or entering middle school, be  high school age, or just beyond.  No audition is required and the workshop is free!  

Bringing to  young people a love of Shakespeare’s beautiful and lively language, providing  them a venue to explore their own creativity and talents in which they can perhaps  find their own niche, and allowing them to express themselves while connecting  to a brilliant mind that lived 400 years ago is the passionate mission for the  Youth Theatre “Shakespeared!” Workshop.

This year, each  group will render into manifestation a version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  The younger group directed by Alisa Isaacs-Bailey, and the high school  students, directed by Caroline Good, will creatively collaborate on their own versions of the play with the obligatory soundtrack of  popular music, chase scenes, and cultural references bringing the play’s  essence to life.
The entire “Shakespeared!” experience is designed to challenge the young player and to  demystify the bard’s lively text in a fun and engaging way, empowering them  with ownership of it.   In addition to interacting  with Shakespeare’s text and learning the play, students will have the  opportunity to directly apply instruction in acting technique, movement, voice, improvisation, timing, character development, and subtext. 
The groups will  meet daily for two weeks in the afternoons.  

 The middle school group meets 12:30-2:30pm and the high school group  3:00-5:30pm Monday-Friday for both weeks with the final performance on  Saturday, June 30, at 7 p.m. at the Hazel Day Longden Theatre. Tickets for the  performance will be available at the door.

We  welcome all participants; there will be parts for everyone.  We do not hold auditions, but we do  cast the roles according to interest, experience, and vocal abilities.  Therefore, it would be extremely beneficial  to have some familiarity with the play’s story and characters coming into the  workshop.   Check the drop down menu at the top of the page under Current Season - YTW.

Fill out the online application HERE.  
Deadline for enrollment in June 10.

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