Project Shakespeare seeks students for ‘Macbeth’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ this summer

  • Project Shakespeare's 2016 production of Macbeth. Courtesy Photo

  • Project Shakespeare’s 2016 production of Macbeth. Courtesy Photo—

  • Project Shakespeare’s 2016 production of Macbeth. Courtesy Photo

  • Project Shakespeare’s 2016 production of Macbeth. Courtesy Photo

  • Project Shakespeare's 2016 production of Macbeth. Courtesy Photo

Published: 3/12/2020 9:28:57 PM
Modified: 3/12/2020 9:28:44 PM

Project Shakespeare, entering its 26th summer season, is an intensive theatre experience for students from 7 to 18 years old offering professional instruction in voice, movement and acting to enable students to experience Shakespeare’s texts in action. Project Shakespeare’s summer season will present engaging and accessible Shakespeare productions with opportunities for all levels of interested students.

Productions offered this summer are:

PS Too! – Speak the Speech, the History Plays, conceived and directed by Associate Director, Sarah Wendy Burman. Students new to Shakespeare will explore the fundamentals of Shakespeare’s language; advanced students will dive into complex monologues and scenes selected from “Richard II”, “Henry IV” Parts 1 & 2, “Henry V” and “Richard III”.

PS Mainstage – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, the popular romantic comedy will be directed by Associate Director Christopher Commander with music and choreography by Burman. Venture into the woods and meet a feuding fairy King and Queen, four runaway lovers, and a troupe of ‘want-to-be’ actors rehearsing a play. Dream is a magical tale of love and transformation.

PS Renegades, Macbeth, conceived and directed by founder and director Deborah Shakespeare Thurber. This new program challenges advanced students to break the boundaries of gender, age, time and place deconstructing text to upset the order and discover new meaning and truth. Macbeth returns victorious from war when he encounters three weird sisters on the heath. Their disturbing prophecies lead Macbeth on a journey from celebrated hero to notorious villain driven by ambition and spurred on by his infamous wife, Lady Macbeth.

First parent and student meeting will be Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; auditions will be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday June 23-25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and, rehearsals will be Monday through Friday, July 6-28 times varying. All meetings and rehearsals will be at the Rindge Meeting House or First Congregational Church, 6 Payson Hill Road, Rindge. Performances will tour to venues in Jaffrey, Rindge, Hancock, Peterborough, Amherst, Harrisville, Greenfield and Marlborough from July 29 through Aug. 9.

Tuition varies from $250 for one play, $350 for two plays and $400 for all three plays. Scholarships are available and awarded based on the merit of the need. No student has ever been denied participation due to financial limitations.

Interested students ages 7 to 18 years old should contact Thurber at Opportunities for students interested in stage management and technical theatre are also available. For more information, visit


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