Shakespeare Youth Festival 2021

Shakespeare Youth Festival 2021

We are excited to announce our 2021 Season!  We will be Live Streaming the shows in APRIL – and we have new exciting devices and tricks up our sleeves – these productions are going to FLY off the ubiquitous Zoom grid, and be exciting, multi-media productions!!

In addition to the new technical bells and whistles, we will be meeting every month in the park (masked/physically distanced) to create crowd scenes and other aspects of our productions. (The live meetings will not be mandatory).

Without further Ado…please click the links below to explore and learn more about each one of these fabulous plays!!

Midsummer Night’s Dream

Midsummer Night’s Dream

A mysterious forest, ruled over by a Fairy King and Queen, and inhabited by all sorts of magical creatures. A bunch of “civilians” who sneak into the forest to rehearse a play. And four young runaways who are fed up with life in The Court, and get caught up in it all. There’s a reason this is considered one of Shakespeare’s classics – and what better place for us escape to this Winter!

This production will be Live Streamed on Vimeo. While the Players will connect via Zoom, we will be using a variety of technologies to break out of the familiar Zoom grid, and to create a multi-media performance piece.

In addition to weekly Zoom rehearsals, we will be meeting in person approximately once a month – outdoors, masked and socially distanced! The in-person rehearsals will not be mandatory – we understand if your Player cannot participate.

Ages: 2nd grade through 7th grade

Rehearsals:
Saturdays from 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Rehearsals begin on December 12

Performance Dates:
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Sunday, April 18, 2021
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Sunday, April 25, 2021

Tuition:
$350
We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!


Unspoken

Unspoken

The Shakespeare Canon is about to be privatized. A group of minor Shakespeare Actor-Characters are held in a Greenroom while the new “Funders” vote on permanent cuts to the Canon. The actor/characters must stand before the Funders and prove their relevance in their respective plays. A bittersweet comedy, its noteworthy theme embraces all marginalized people and groups having to claim their right to exist in a rapidly intolerant society. It also addresses is the life of an actor, asking the question – are all the sacrifices made for a life in the theatre really worth it?

The characters featured are: Rosaline, Gregory and Lady Montague (Romeo and Juliet), Blind Gobo (Merchant of Venice), Philostrate ( A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Steven Sly (Taming of the Shrew), and Fortinbras (Hamlet), as well as Sal the Stage Manager and Lady Macbeth.

“I loved this play so much. Each character was so distinct and it really seemed like they were the actual Shakespeare character. I recommend this performance to everyone. It is off the charts amazing. Great Writing.”

After premiering at Shakespeare Youth Festival in 2016, UNSPOKEN was plucked from 150 applicants for the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival Scholarship Award, for its themes of marginalization and the life of the Common Actor.

“Every aspect of the play was truly wonderful and inspiring. It really is A MUST SEE. Soooo good. You’ll be at the edge of your seat wondering what’s gonna come next the whole time!”

This production will be Live Streamed on Vimeo. While the Players will connect via Zoom, we will be using a variety of technologies to break out of the familiar Zoom grid, and to create a multi-media performance piece.

In addition to weekly Zoom rehearsals, we will be meeting in person approximately once a month – outdoors, masked and socially distanced! The in-person rehearsals will not be mandatory – we understand if your Player cannot participate.

Ages: 7th grade through 12th grade

Rehearsals:
Saturdays from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Rehearsals begin on December 12
(we will not rehearse on December 26 or January 2)

Performance Dates:
Friday, April 16, 2021
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Sunday, April 25, 2021

Tuition:
$350
We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!

Richard III

Richard III

Remember That Guy We Love to Loathe? Yes, exactly! Who else?!
The Boar…
aka Crookback
aka KING RICHARD III!!

With 2020 behind us, we will now freely flash a 2-ton klieg light on what makes a dysfunctional dynasty.  In our Web of Dysfunction, we weave together the best of characters in the play – from the Boar’s right hand, Buckingham, who manipulates him, to his wife Lady Ann who loathes him, to his sister in law, Queen Consort, Elizabeth, who threatens him, to his enemy (Queen) Margaret of Anjou who curses him ….and finally, his Mother, Cecily Neville, who rejects him. 

This production will be Live Streamed on Vimeo. While the Players will connect via Zoom, we will be using a variety of technologies to break out of the familiar Zoom grid, and to create a multi-media performance piece.

In addition to weekly Zoom rehearsals, we will be meeting in person approximately once a month – outdoors, masked and socially distanced! The in-person rehearsals will not be mandatory – we understand if your Player cannot participate.

Ages: 7th grade through 12th grade

Rehearsals:
Tuesdays from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
(Rehearsals will begin on December 8. We will not meet December 22 & 29.)

Performance Dates:
Friday, April 23, 2021
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Friday, April 30, 2021
Saturday, May 1, 2021

Tuition:
$350
We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!


Fall in with Shakespeare Youth Festival

Fall in with Shakespeare Youth Festival

Join us this Fall as we meet online to write plays, improvise, explore Shakespearean characters, get to know ourselves, and connect with each other!! 



Here’s the schedule:

Merry Gamesters: Improv & Theatre Games
Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:30 pm **
All ages

All Things You: Restorative Theatre
Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 pm
6th grade and up

Improbable Fiction: Playwriting Workshops
Saturdays from 12:30 to 2:00 pm
6th grade and up

Merely Players: Shakespearean Scene Study
Saturdays from 2:30 to 4:00 pm
All ages

Session #2 begins the week of October 19th. 5-week sessions.
TUITION: $100 *

* We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!

** Drop-In Classes available for Merry Gamesters

Merry Gamesters: Improv & Theatre Games

Merry Gamesters: Improv & Theatre Games

Weekly class that exercises your creative muscles with a wide variety of Improv games adapted for Zoom. Sign up for a 5-week session, or drop in!!

Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:30 pm

SESSION ONE
September 15 – October 13

SESSION TWO
October 27 – November 24

AGES: 7 – 17
TUITION: $75


THE DROP-IN OPTION – We will reserve spaces each week for those who would like to drop in for a single class, rather than sign up for a session. Sign-ups will open 10 days before the class, and will run until the class is full, so you have the option to sign up for 1 or 2 weeks at a time.
TUITION: $15 / class

Merely Players: Shakespearean Scene Study

Merely Players: Shakespearean Scene Study

You’ll dig deep into a Shakespearean scene, under the direction of one of our fabulous teaching artists. We’ll combine character-building exercises with intensive scene study, incorporate costumes and props, and culminate in a live-streamed virtual performance.

Saturdays from 2 pm to 3:30 pm

SESSION ONE
September 19 to October 17
Performance – October 17

SESSION TWO
October 31 to November 28
Performance – December 5

AGES: 7 – 17 (we will divide into age groups within the class)
TUITION: $100

All Things You: Restorative Theatre

All Things You: Restorative Theatre

A weekly gathering for those who might benefit from a brave sanctuary where all sides of your humanity can be expressed, addressed and released. Through dialogue and theatre games, we explore a variety of topics, including: Relationships, identity, self-image, handling the unknown. And through the globally recognized techniques of Agosto Boal, we develop the Courage to take positive actions on behalf of others and ourselves.

Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 pm

SESSION ONE
September 17 to October 15 (5 sessions)

SESSION TWO
October 22 to November 19 (5 session)

AGES: 6th grade and up
TUITION: $100

Improbable Fiction: Playwriting Workshops

Improbable Fiction: Playwriting Workshops

PLAYWRITING – Level I
This 4-week workshop is jam packed with brain-clearing writing exercises, inspiring prompts – examples include: fearless writing, music as inspiration, creative partnerships, different stages of theatre-making, a play’s form, developing your writer’s voice – leading to the creation of a short play (10 minutes or less)  We will conclude with a virtual performance of all the plays.

Saturdays from 12:30 to 2 pm

SESSION I:
September 19 to October 17

Performance – October 17

 

PLAYWRITING – Level II
Borrowing from the best playwright’s rituals, we’ll take our writing to the next level. Exercises will be aimed at generating ideas and moving them onto the page. The point is to encourage the emergence of the subconscious and weave it into our work. We’ll also explore what goes into writing a First Draft versus revising a Draft, and will conclude with a presentation featuring virtual “readings” of all the plays.
Prerequisite: Level One, a previous LADC/SYF Playwriting Workshop, or permission from the instructor.

Saturdays from 12:30 to 2 pm

SESSION II:
October 24 – November 21

Performance – November 21

AGES: 6th grade and up
TUITION: $100 / session