Penobscot Theatre Co Sets the Stage for Summer Fun, Shakespeare, and Rebellion

Penobscot Theatre Co Sets the Stage for Summer Fun, Shakespeare, and Rebellion

Registration is now open for Penobscot Theatre Company's Dramatic Academy Summer 2018. The theatre's summer programs welcome young performers and technical theatre enthusiasts to enroll, regardless of theatre experience level. "We pride ourselves on providing quality theatre education in a safe and supportive atmosphere," said Director of Education Amy Roeder. "This year, we're taking on some beloved classics and bringing in a brand new take on a cherished childhood favorite!" The musical theatre session will focus on Broadway gem Les Miserables while the non-musical session will be divided into two groups with younger students performing Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crookand older students performing Shakespeare's As You Like It.

Session 1

Les Miserables (musical)

For ages: 4-20

Session dates: June 25-July 22

Performance dates: July 19-22

The epic story of Jean Valjean's quest for justice and redemption set against the turbulence of 19th century France. This stunningly beautiful classic is full of some of musical theatre's most memorable characters and best loved songs. Don't wait "One Day More," enroll today!

Session 2

Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook

For ages: 4-11

Session dates: July 30-August 19

Performance dates: August 16-19

Something terrible happened to Junie B. Jones at school today! Someone stole her new furry mittens! So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen of many colors, she should be allowed to keep it, right? Because finders keepers, losers weepers. And guess what? There's a new boy in kindergarten and he is the handsomest. Maybe he will love Junie B. when he sees her wonderful pen! It is okay to keep it, right? Junie B. Jones is not a crook . . . or is she? A hilarious and heartfelt tale based on the best-selling book series.

As You Like It

For ages: 12-20

Session dates: July 30-Aug. 19

Performance dates: Aug. 16-19

A glimpse into the Forest of Arden finds teenagers of Shakespeare's play much like those of today-discovering that love is complicated. Rosalind disguises herself as a boy in her scheme to win Orlando's love. But they are just one of several pairs of odd couples that make this play fun. Meet Audrey, the shepherdess, and Touchstone, the jester; Silvius, the lovesick teenager, and Phebe, the apple of his eye. As the characters try to untangle the web they have woven, the excitement in the forest keeps the audience laughing.

Both summer sessions offer Tech Track, a special course of study for young people aged 13 and up interested in work behind the scenes, including set design and construction, stage management, prop design and construction, costuming, lighting, and sound. Because production and performance go hand-in-hand, Tech Track participants will learn alongside their performing peers. Through Tech Track, students will get valuable hands-on training and play an integral role in producing Les Miserables, Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook and As You Like It.

Classes will run Monday through Friday from 9:00 am-12:00 pm (lunch, noon-1:00 pm, optional) for students aged 4-6; and 9:00 am-5:00 pm for students aged 7 and up. Tech Track will run daily Monday through Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Students may be dropped off as early as 8:30 am. A limited number of scholarships and teen counselor positions are available for each session. Scholarship and counselor applications may be obtained by emailing and must be returned by May 1. An early bird discount is available for those who enroll before May 1. Penobscot Theatre Dramatic Academy summer programs are approved programs for families who qualify for a child care tax credit.

For more information and to register, visit and click on the Education tab.

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