SANDWICH — Advice To The Players, Sandwich’s Shakespeare Company, is celebrating its 20th anniversary season this summer with performances, concerts, readings and more, including its Shakesperience Summer Camp, the highlight of its education program each year. With an exciting lineup of teaching artists, this summer promises to be one of the best yet.
Pam Schnatterly and Lucy Randall-Tapply, returning this summer as teaching artists, have spent many years as actors in Advice To The Players’ company and are also full-time educators.
Ellie Bartz and Luke Haskell are both trained teaching artists with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass, and have both acted with Advice To The Players in the past year.
Lily Kepner is a camp alumna returning for her fourth year to assist with the littlest campers. Aléxei du Perier and Pauline de Gourcuff are joining the company all the way from France where they have both trained and worked as theater artists (de Gourcuff is also an Advice To The Players camp alumna).
Advice To The Players' two-week camps are theater experiences in which the teaching artists immerse youth ages 5 to 15 in the art and craft of acting, and the terms and techniques used to create Shakespeare’s plays.
These experiences and skills include theater games, stage combat & clown skills, movement and dance — all of which culminates into a rousing performance of Shakespeare’s work at the end of camp, adapted by our teaching artists and campers.
“Camp performance is my favorite day of the year,” Advice To The Players Executive Director Jessie Chapman. “It’s just magical seeing each age group perform their own spin on Shakespeare, and always lots of fun.”
There are three available age group options: ages 5 to 7, ages 8 to 11 and ages 12 to 15. Camps run July 15 to 26, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $225 per student (financial aid available).
Advice To The Players also offers a more intensive Practicum experience for teens age 13 and up, including four weeks of specialized training and participation in one of our professional productions (on stage or backstage — students’ choice). Cost is $395 per student (financial aid available).
And don’t forget to mark your calendars for this year’s final camp performance, July 26 at 10 a.m. in Quimby Park in Sandwich.