Project Shakespeare seeks summer students

 Project Shakespeare’s 2023 production of “As You Like It.”

 Project Shakespeare’s 2023 production of “As You Like It.” COURTESY PHOTO

Published: 04-17-2024 8:31 AM

Project Shakespeare is taking applications from students 7 to 18 years old for its upcoming 30th anniversary summer season. 

No experience is necessary, but all interested candidates should be self-motivated and engaged students. Project Shakespeare promotes creativity, compassion and an examination of that which makes people human through the language of Shakespeare. No audition required.

In PS Too! Speak the Speech, students will explore the fundamentals of Shakespeare’s language in a collection of scenes, speeches, dances and songs selected for students ages 6 to 12 years old and those just beginning their Shakespeare journey. Texts included are “Romeo & Juliet,” “As You Like It,” “The Tempest,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Henry V,” “Hamlet” and “The Taming of the Shrew.”

PS Mainstage includes two productions this summer. Anna Petrova will return to direct Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing” featuring the duo of Benedick and Beatrice, who match their wits in rollicking war of words. Lovers, villains and clowns all take center stage in this story of love and deception where good triumphs over evil, lovers unite and all ends in a merry dance.  

One of Shakespeare’s most-famous tragedies, “Macbeth,” concludes the summer season. Returning from war, Macbeth encounters three weird sisters who disturbing prophecy leads he and Lady Macbeth on a journey from hero to villain. Last produced in 2020 as a socially distanced and masked production, director Deborah Shakespeare Thurber revisits this story set in a chaotic and divided world damaged by war and grief asking the question “Is healing and redemption possible in such troubled times?”

Rehearsals will begin June 24. Performances will run between July 25 and Aug. 4 in various locations, including Jaffrey, Rindge, Peterborough, Keene and Dublin.

For information regarding tuition, scholarships and schedules, contact Thurber at projectshakespeare@gmail.com or visit projectshakespeare.org.

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