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 AND MUSIC – GREEN SPACE

SHAKESPEARE AND MUSIC – GREEN SPACE

One week in the open air is just not enough. We just got started … so let’s take a second week outside in the wide open park of Kenneth Hahn – to create and listen to… the sound of music! 

LISTENING EXPERIENCES

We play excerpts from the best operas, ballets and musicals, inspired by Shakespeare, composing our own movement pieces in response.

  • Mendelssohn – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Wedding March
  • Danish composer Niel Gade – Hamlet Overture
  • Prokofiev – Romeo and Juliet
  • Dvořák – Othello Overture
  • Verdi – Macbeth
  • William Walton – Henry V
  • West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate, Boys From Syracuse, Something Rotten

MOVEMENT EXPERIENCES

  • We will learn a traditional 16th Century Dance, applying to music above. 
  • We will explode out of structure and do freestyle movement juxtaposed against Renaissance style music. 

ACTING EXPERIENCES (Scenes & Song with live instruments supporting) 

  • Two Gentleman of Verona
  • Antony and Cleopatra  
  • Cymbeline
  • Othello 

GRADES 2 through 8 (Fall 2021)

DATES
July 19 – 23
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, MYTHOLOGY & MAGIC – ONLINE

SHAKESPEARE, MYTHOLOGY & MAGIC – ONLINE

This week, we will have a blast as we explode our minds with new ideas…while acting our hearts out.  

To Shakespeare’s characters, Magic is real and Myths are no metaphor. In earlier times, our eyes looked above and below for help and guidance. Our stories involved the Gods and Goddesses of Earth, Sky and Sea – as well as magical potions, mischievous fairies, sprites and scary spirits.  Not only will we get to dive into playing other worldly characters in Shakespeare’s plays, but we  get to share our favorite myths together, exploring their relevance in our lives; Why do such conspiracies abound around the Bard?  More important for these times, how do we critically approach a full fledged conspiracy theory with rationality?  The  icing on the cake of the week will be a lively discussion  on the myths around Shakespeare himself.

ACTING EXPLORATIONS
Our plays may include:

  • Love’s Labours Lost (Greek Play Within a Play)
  • Troilus and Cressida (Trojans vs Greeks)
  • Cymbeline (visitation of Jupiter and the Oracle)
  • Hamlet (as inspired by Orestes)
  • I Henry IV – Glendower (Wizard of Wales)
  • I Henry VI – Joan La Pucelle (Joan of Arc & spirits)
  • 2 Henry VI – (Wizards, Apparitions, Gloucester’s wife, 7 witches)
  • 3 Henry VI – (curses and prophecies)
  • Julius Caesar (ghost, portents, supernatural storms)

GRADES 2 through 8 (Fall 2021)

DATES
July 26 – 30
Monday through Friday – 10 am to 3 pm

LOCATION
Zoom

COST
$180.00
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!

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!

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!