Shakespeare at Winedale

Camp Shakespeare Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Fri, June 1, 2012
Camp Shakespeare Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Camp Shakespeare will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with public performances of two of Shakespeare’s big hits, Much Ado about Nothing, Shakespeare’s brilliant comedy of intrigue and wit, and the haunting Tragedie of Macbeth. Performances of Much Ado are scheduled for the Crystal Theater in Gonzales, Texas, on Thursday, June 21, at 3:30 p.m., and at Winedale on Friday, June 22, at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 23, at 1:00 p.m. Macbeth will be performed at the Gonzales Crystal Theater on Thursday, July 12, at 3:30 p.m. and at Winedale on July 13 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 14, at 1:00. Admission to all performances is $5.00.  Children under 12 will be admitted free of charge.

The fourteen campers selected for each of the two sessions out of an applicant field of 82 are from Austin, San Antonio, Houston, La Grange, New York, Mineola, Dallas, Carmine, and Denver. The Fayette County participants are Josie Drydale, of Carmine and Jeremy Kubos, Thomas and Tory Borgstedte, of La Grange.

During each of the two sessions, campers follow a rigorous schedule of daily activity, beginning the day at 5:30 a.m. with physical and verbal exercise before breakfast. During morning and afternoon periods, campers explore through performance the language, characterization, and conflict of the plays. Their days wind down with highly imaginative improvisations after supper, concluding finally with sessions on evaluation and journal writing before retiring at 9:15 p.m.

The Camp Shakespeare site is Briarfield B & B, hosted by Mary Stanhope and Roland Nestor.  Camp Director is Jim (Doc) Ayres, Founding Director of Shakespeare at Winedale and Professor Emeritus of The University of Texas at Austin.


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