May 13, 2008

*ODDFELLOWS PLAYHOUSE 2008 SUMMER SHAKESPEARE ACADEMY*

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 June 30-July 26, 2008 and culminates in fully staged mainstage performances of /The Taming of the Shrew/ and /Measure for Measure/. 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 33-year history of artistic excellence. The Summer Shakespeare Academy meets weekdays, 9 am to 3:30 pm, starting Monday, June 30 and combines rigorous actor training directly connected to the performance of full-length Shakespeare plays. The first week will focus on understanding the historical and cultural background of Shakespeare’s world, text analysis, and casting of the plays. Each participant will be cast in a significant role in either /The Taming of the Shrew/ or /Measure for Measure/ and a supporting role in the other production. Students who wish to participate but do not want the responsibility of a major role will be cast in both plays in a supporting role. Weeks 2 and 3 will focus on voice and movement, stage combat, and character work in the mornings and rehearsals in the afternoons. Week 4 will start with technical and dress rehearsals, followed by 4 performances on July 23-26..

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

The Summer Shakespeare Academy will take place at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown. Enrollment is limited to 25. Tuition is $650 for the entire program; limited financial aid is available

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