Registration for NCShakes' SummerStage Theatre Camps Now Open

Registration for NCShakes' SummerStage Theatre Camps Now Open

NCShakes announces its SummerStage theatre camps for youth, ages 5-17. Designed for particular age groups and interest levels, each camp offers personalized coaching and specific training in acting techniques. Camps are designed to reach students of all experience levels. Young people who would like to see if they are interested in drama and performance will find SummerStage to be a safe place to explore, while more serious young performers will benefit from the guidance and instruction of skilled professionals in the theatre industry.

This year's offerings include the popular Camp Shakespeare and Teen Theatre camps that appeal to both classical and contemporary theatre students. Jr. Theatre Camp, Kids Theatre Camp and Creative Dramatics will again round out the camp opportunities for potential young performers as young as five years old. New in SummerStage this year are Jr. Camp Shakespeare - because you are never too young to meet The Bard - and a second session of Camp Shakespeare that will focus on exploring Shakespeare through rhythm, movement and voice. Each camp ends with an evening Showcase performance for family and friends.

All camps take place at the NCShakes Spirit Center, located at 807 W. Ward Avenue in High Point. There is a 10% discount for all registrations received by May 15, and limited scholarship funding is available by application.

SummerStage 2014 Schedule:

Auditions Workshop, June 14
1:00 - 5 p.m., Ages 12-17. Cost $40
Whether you're new to performing or have auditioned numerous times, this audition workshop will help you put together an audition that shines! We'll reveal the secrets of audition procedures and give you tips on preparing a headshot, resume and monologue.

Camp Shakespeare, June 16-20
9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ages 13-17. Cost $250
Camp Shakespeare is perfect for serious theatre students who want to advance their classical acting skills. Students will analyze the Bard's romances, tragedies and comedies and learn the tools to create characters utilizing their bodies, voices and imaginations.

Jr. Camp Shakespeare, June 16-20
9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ages 9-12. Cost $250
This workshop is an introduction to Shakespeare's language and work with active ensemble exploration. Students will explore the work of Shakespeare's rhythm and language through the use of movement, percussion and voice. Students will learn to love and understand the special language of Shakespeare through this exciting, active and innovative workshop.

Teen Theatre Camp, June 23-27
9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ages 13-17. Cost $250
Teen Theatre Camp offers an opportunity for those serious about their acting to develop individual skills and confidence. Students spend the morning delving deeply into training in voice, movement, scene study, character development and improvisation. Afternoons concentrate on acting techniques and the rehearsal process.

Jr. Theatre Camp, June 23-27
9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ages 9-12. Cost $250
Junior Theatre Camp offers a fun yet challenging experience for budding actors, with the emphasis on building confidence and introducing basic acting techniques.

Kids Theatre Camp, July 7-11
9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ages 7-9. Cost $200
Students are encouraged to enjoy themselves on stage by combining theatre games, creative dramatics, improvisation, art and lots of fun. Increase self-confidence while learning to think on your feet, create interesting characters, relax in front of a group and become part of the theatre magic.

Camp Shakespeare, July 7-11
9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ages 13-17. Cost $250
This fun and fast-paced workshop is designed for teens who are interested in actively exploring theatre through Shakespeare. Students will explore original practices as a means to unlock a keen understanding of the text. Rhythm, movement and voice will be utilized to bring Shakespeare's exciting language to the stage. Students will learn interactive principals and techniques used during Elizabethan times and apply them to a modern setting.

Creative Dramatics, July 16-18
9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ages 5-6. Cost $200
Children are never too young to discover the magic of theatre! We play games together, act out stories, sing, dance and do theatre arts and crafts. Children will learn how a book can be an adventure as they become a part of the story themselves.

Request a registration packet by calling the NCShakes administrative offices at 336-841-2273 or email info@ncshakes.org; visit www.ncshakes.org/act.cfm to download registration forms. Complete registrations include a $25 nonrefundable registration fee. Payment plans and scholarships are available.

The mission of NCShakes is to employ the art and discipline of theatre to educate and inspire North Carolina students and citizens. The professional theatre company has been based in High Point, N.C., since its founding in 1977.

For further information about the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, call 336-841-2273 or visit www.ncshakes.org.

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