Much Ado about Nothing

Much Ado about Nothing

The sincere Hero (kind girl) is loved by Claudio (dashing soldier) – but through sheer malice, she’s framed as “deceitful” in a trick crafted by the jealous and disgruntled Don John. Hero is dumped at the altar until her bestie Beatrice (forceful independent upstart) insists on getting justice for Hero!  What follows is both shocking and funny, with Beatrice herself finding a soul mate in her arch rival, Benedick. This classic Shakespeare comedy comes complete with a whole pack of full and colorful characters like the impossibly charming Don Pedro, the devious and mischievous Borachio, the hilariously inept Constable Dogberry, and more, and an ending that satisfies … after some hairpin plot twists!
Ages: 2nd grade through 7th grade

SATURDAYS – 3:30 PM TO 5:30 PM

Rehearsals begin: October 30th
Winter Break: December 18 – January 7 (Rehearsals resume January 8)
Additional rehearsals (tentative): Sunday, February 27; Monday, February 28; Wednesday, March 9. Sunday, March 6; Monday, March 7; Wednesday, March 9.
Performances: March 12 & 13, March 18 & 19
Rehearsal location: TBD (MId-City / West Adams location)

Tuition: $625
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!

The Winter’s Tale

The Winter’s Tale

Our veterans have requested this complex problem play, as it explores deep and unexplainable mental afflictions, idiosyncrasies, and behaviors in our natures. In other words – this could happen to us! . We will be working with our Players as they create their own take on this play, and provide input on how the characters are portrayed, including non-binary and LGBT possibilities.
Ages: 8th grade and up

SATURDAYS – 1:00 PM TO 3:00 PM

Rehearsals begin: October 30th
Winter Break: December 18 – January 7 (Rehearsals resume January 8)
Additional rehearsals (tentative): Sunday, February 27; Sunday, March 6; Monday, March 7; Wednesday, March 9; Monday, March 14; Wednesday, March 16;
Performances: March 18 & 19, March 26 & 27
Rehearsal location: TBD (MId-City / West Adams location)

Tuition: $625
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!

Outspoken: Shakespeare in Shackles

Outspoken: Shakespeare in Shackles

A part of the “Spoken” series, by our very own Blaire Baron
What happens when some of Shakespeare’s most idealistic and rebellious characters are locked up together in the infamous London prison, The Clink?  With this notorious prison as the backdrop of its world, Outspoken brings in a variety of Shakespeare characters from the Canon (crossing the time/space continuum) to explore themes of classism and oppression – while using humor, compassion and camaraderie. As each character recounts the event that landed them in prison, they explore what it means to speak truth to power, and how our perspective of our own lives does not always match up with what others see.
Ages: 7th grade and up

TUESDAYS – 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Rehearsals begin: November 2nd
Winter Break: December 18 – January 7 (Rehearsals resume January 8)
Additional rehearsals (tentative): Sunday, February 27; Sunday, March 6; Thursday, March 9; Thursday, March 15; Thursday, March 29;
Performances: March 26 & 27, April 1 & 2
Rehearsal location: TBD (MId-City / West Adams location)

Tuition: $625
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!

Summer with SYF

Summer with SYF

Registration is now open for Summer with SYF 2021 – a fantastic way to introduce kids to Shakespeare!

Each session meets Monday through Friday, and culminates with a recital, sharing the work with parents, friends and the community.

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!

YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’ FESTIVAL

YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’ FESTIVAL

THE PLAYS THE THING! WRITE/DIRECT YOUR SHORT PLAY
The program consists of rigorous, exciting storytelling and playwriting sessions throughout the day, creating short plays out of improvisations with prompts, autobiographical moments, and stories the group creates together. We will also discuss the art, craft and business of playwriting.

The playwrights will work with an ensemble of actors made up of professional actors and LADC actors, who will perform the plays at the end of the week.

Grade 7 and up (Fall 2021)

DATES
June 21 – 25
Monday through Thursday – 10 am to 1 pm
Friday – 10 am to 3 pm

LOCATION
Zoom

SHAKESPEARE IN NATURE – GREEN SPACE

SHAKESPEARE IN NATURE – GREEN SPACE

After what we’ve all been through, let’s take a week to be outside, feet on grass, voices reverberating in the open air. 

In the 16th Century, we were still in harmonious communication with the dirt below our feet and the spheres and lights above. In Western culture, this has become lost, but our minds and bodies still maintain a desire to be in harmony with nature. Let us take a week to unplug and find our connection to nature under trees and sky. 

EXPLORATIONS

The Power of Plants in Shakespeare’s Plays – The medical use/mis-use of plants – from the diabolical flower-potions of Cymbeline’s Queen to the Nurse’s weaning baby Juliet with wormwood, to Imogen’s powerful coma drug, to  Falstaff’s belief in the power of potatoes, to hebenon put in a King’s ear by his own brother. 

Climate Change – We aren’t the first to have the conversation. We’re on a volatile ball in space made from fire. Deforestation, endangered species, and climate change were also concerns in Shakespeare’s time. 

Nature and Us Together – Shakespeare alludes to at least 63 different kinds of birds in his plays and poems. How many birds will we identify in our urban park this week? The pleasures and dangers of humans and green spaces – what happens when we mess with nature and its creatures? 

OUR PLAYS – Earth, Sky, Water, Fire

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Cymbeline
Pericles
King Lear
Macbeth
A Winter’s Tale

GRADES 2 through 8 (Fall 2021)

DATES
July 12 – 16
Monday through Friday – 10 am to 3 pm

LOCATION
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
4100 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90056

COST
$225.00
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!



SAFETY PROTOCOL
– Camp will take place entirely outdoors.
– All staff over 16 years of age are fully vaccinated
– All participants must wear masks. Masks can only be removed when distances of 6 feet can be maintained.
– Kenneth Hahn has bathrooms with hand-washing facilities. SYF will provide soap, disposable towels, and hand sanitizer, to assure that campers can follow proper hygiene practices.

SHAKESPEARE YOUTH FESTIVAL: LA ’21

SHAKESPEARE YOUTH FESTIVAL: LA ’21

SHAKESPEARE YOUTH FESTIVAL 2021

In April, we’ll be presenting Shakespeare Youth Festival LA 2021, live on Vimeo! Our Virtual Box Office will open in March … join our mailing list to be notified of the Festival performances.

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 – come escape with us!!

Friday, April 16 at 7 pm
Saturday, April 17 at 2 pm
Sunday, April 18 at 2 pm

UNSPOKEN: SHAKESPEARE’S PERSONAE IN PERIL

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?

This bittersweet comedy is a SYF original, and was a smash hit at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe!!

Friday, April 23 at 7 pm
Saturday, April 24 at 2 pm
Sunday, April 25 at 2 pm

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. 

Friday, April 30 at 7 pm
Saturday, May 1 at 2 pm
Sunday, May 2 at 2 pm

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!