S H A K E S P E A R E O N T H E S O U N D
LAUNCHES NEW SUMMER ACTING PROGRAMS
STUDENTS AGES 5-17 WELCOME
Rowayton, CT – Shakespeare on the Sound, Connecticut’s premier outdoor summer theater company (Artistic Director Joanna Settle), has announced that it will launch new summer acting programs for students ages 5-17. This year summer camps will run in Greenwich and in Rowayton during the weeks of the performances of Romeo and Juliet, Baldwin Park in Greenwich (June 26 – July 8, 2012) and Pinkney Park in Rowayton (July 18 – July 29, 2012).
Shakespeare on the Sound's Director of Youth Programs, Claire Kelly explains: "We decided to expand our programs after the success of last year's offering of a new camp for 5-8 year olds, called the Groundlings. We realized that the wonderful resources we bring to the community as a professional theater company would also make us a great provider of unique educational summer theater experiences.Each camp will be structured around the theme of opposition that we find in Romeo and Juliet."
The Groundlings, ages 5-8, will look at friendship/enemies; the Globe Players, ages 9-13, will focus on comedy/tragedy and the inaugural Folio Ensemble ages 13-17 will create their own theater piece around dark/light in a two-week acting intensive. The Folio Ensemble is an exciting brand new program for Shakespeare on the Sound. Students will have the benefit of studying with our nationally-recognized scholars and artists who have worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway and at some of our finest regional theaters. As Kelly explains, "Theater students in the area will have a great opportunity to hone their theater skills; they will be able to workshop monologues, practice audition techniques, and create an ensemble piece using Shakespeare."
"These programs" enthused artistic director Joanna Settle "are built to go hand and hand with our main stage summer offering in the parks. We seek not only to bring you a bold and engaging production of Romeo and Juliet, but to offer children who love art, storytelling and drama an opportunity to train and develop into exciting young artists."
Shakespeare on the Sound will present Romeo and Juliet, directed by Joanna Settle with music and songs from Stew and Heidi Rodewald, in Greenwich, CT June 26 – July 8 and Rowayton CT July 18 - 29. Now in its 17th season, Shakespeare on the Sound has established itself as one of the most popular summer theater companies on the East Coast, drawing large audiences to each performance in the unique under-the-stars settings of its waterfront venues. All performances are free, and start at 7:30pm.
To more information, and to sign up for these camps, go to www.shakespeareonthesound.org.