>If I were a kid, I would so be begging my parents to let me do this. It’s the Midsummer Day Camp of the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, held July 14-18. In fact, if the ages weren’t restricted to 9-12, I might sign up myself (except that it overlaps with the first week of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, so that would be a problem). But the kids learn a little bit about Shakespeare while acting and doing music and learning stage combat and other stuff that sounds like it would be a blast. Granted, $300 for a week isn’t exactly cheap ($275 for early registration), but it sure looks worth it to me. What a great experience!
And there’s more: there’s also the Young Company Theater Camp, the first session of which (for kids 13-16) is already underway, with the second session (for kids 16-18) set to begin in mid-July. Last year after the YCTC I attended a regular performance at the Blackfriars at which some of the kids showed their stuff. It’s a wonderful service ASC provides, and a great opportunity for the kids.