May 21, 2007


There are still a few places left in Oddfellows Playhouse Summer Shakespeare Academy, an intensive 4-week Shakespeare-in-Performance program for high school students. The program runs from July 2-28, 2007 and culminates in 3 mainstage double-bill performances of Othello and Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by Playhouse artistic director Jeffery Allen, the Summer Shakespeare Academy offers a challenging, fun experience for teenagers throughout central Connecticut.

Oddfellows Playhouse is Connecticut’s oldest and largest youth theater with a 32-year history of artistic excellence. The Summer Shakespeare Academy meets weekdays, 9 am to 3:30 pm, starting Monday, July 2 and combines rigorous actor training directly connected to the performance of full-length Shakespeare plays. The first week will focus on acting and movement, stage combat, text analysis, and understanding Shakespeare’s historical and cultural background. At the end of week one, students will be cast into parts for Othello and Much Ado About Nothing. Each participants will get a substantial role in one of the productions. Weeks 2 and 3 will be split: mornings will feature additional training and special rehearsals to support the production and afternoons will be dedicated to rehearsals. Week 4 will start with technical and dress rehearsals, followed by a 3-show run on July 26-28.

The Academy is open to anyone ages 14 to 18 who has completed 9th grade. Enrollment is by application and audition. Auditions are by appointment. To audition, students should prepare a short Shakespeare monologue from 12-20 lines. It must be memorized.

The Summer Shakespeare Academy will take place at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown. Enrollment is limited to 20.

For more information or to receive an application form and schedule an audition, call Oddfellows Playhouse at (860) 347-6143 or email