This was our most extensive summer season, and we served almost double the number of kids as we had previously. Due to construction at the Lyric, all sessions were held at Fais Do Do, enabling us to achieve something we’d wanted for a long time – the union of our two troupes.
Our second Young Playwrights Festival was a huge success. A company of actors, including LA professionals and several of our teens, performed twelve world premieres.
Our first of three Shakespeare Intensives explored and expanded on the phrase, “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.”
The second Shakespeare Intensive focused on Conflict – discovering famous adversaries like Mistress Quickly and Falstaff, Mercutio and Tybalt, Ajax and Thersites, and more.
Our older students went “Beyond Shakespeare,” exploring playwrights like Moliere, Kyd, Suzan-Lori Parks, Federico García Lorca and Arthur Miller.
In Knighthood and Chivalry, our Knights learned Renaissance dances, stage combat, and created Orders committed to making positive change in the world.
We closed with the last Intensive – Shakespeare and the Greeks – where we explored mythology used in Shakespeare’s plays, and performed not only Shakespeare scenes, but an original piece based on the words of the Greek philosopher Epicurus.