Here We Go – Session 2

Welcome, Session 2 Campers and Parents!

We just gathered here in sunny and humid Staunton, Virginia, and already we have put your youngsters to work. We had auditions today, which can be a little grueling to some and super exciting to others. We ask our campers to display several skills during auditions, including:

  • Musical Talents
  • Teamwork
  • Memorization
  • Collaboration
  • Improvisation

Campers face four challenges during auditions: Choreographing a Round, Devising a Dumb Show, Reciting a Monologue, and Redirecting their Monologue. I love watching campers as they audition, because I get to see how talented they are and what they are able to accomplish in such a short amount of time.

Today we are going to attend a lecture with Dr. Paul Menzer, Director of the M.Litt/MFA Program of Shakespeare and Performance at Mary Baldwin College. Enjoy the photos!

Stuart Hall welcomed us as we headed to auditions.

Stuart Hall welcomed us as we headed to auditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Campers devise their choreographed piece

Campers devise their choreographed piece

Counselors teach the campers 'Doubt' the round

Counselors teach the campers ‘Doubt’ the round

Practicing the round

Practicing the round

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until Next Time,

Molly, Camp Intern

College Prep Seminar Presentations

While campers have been rehearsing for their upcoming productions, taking master classes, rehearsing promotional pre-shows, writing sonnets, showing off their talents, composing songs, and more, they have also been studying various occupations in theatre with their seminar groups. At the start of camp, the students divided into six seminar groups, each covering one of the many occupations available in professional theater: Stage Management, Arts Administration, Theatre History/ Dramaturgy, Playwriting, Design, and Directing. After three weeks of research and interviewing with the professionals at the ASC who work in each respective field, campers had an opportunity to prepare a presentation for the whole camp and show off their newly discovered realm of theatre. We all learned there are many more opportunities for involvement in a professional theatrical setting than what you solely see on stage!

PLAYWRITING

Playwriting Seminar lead by Matt Minnicino performed a staged reading exploring historical playwrights from Sophocles to Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams

Playwriting Seminar lead by Matt Minnicino performed a staged reading exploring historical playwrights from Sophocles to Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams

Mattie was the time traveler transporting Rachel the playwright to various times in history

Mattie was the time traveler transporting Rachel the playwright to various times in history.

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DIRECTING

The Directing Seminar lead by Rachel Belleman chose to take portions of Midsummers Night Dream and self-direct their scenes much like the Ren Season does at ASC

The Directing Seminar lead by Rachel Belleman chose to take portions of A Midsummers Night Dream and self-direct their scenes much like the Actors’ Renaissance Season does at the ASC

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Liv played the Man in the Moon!

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DESIGN

the Design Seminar lead by Claire Hilton focuse don the play, Taming of the Shrew. They pretended to be designers presenting thir design concepts to a cast about to rehearse Taming of the Shrew.

The Design Seminar lead by Claire Hilton focused on The Taming of the Shrew. They pretended to be designers presenting their design concepts to a cast.

They gave textual evidence for their choices on costuming, such as Katherine sharing the same color palates as a bee due to her line in II.i "if I be waspish, beware my sting".

They gave textual evidence for their choices on costuming, such as Katherine sharing the same color palates as a bee due to her line in II.i “if I be waspish, beware my sting”.

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They explored traditional design concepts, as well as avant garde

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The design seminar had textual evidence from the script to back each design choice they made.

 

ARTS ADMINISTRATION

Arts Administration Seminar lead by Emily MacLeod pitched an idea for a new theatre company! They covered marketing, developement, for profit theatres versus non-profit theatres, modern admin versus Elizabethan admin, and more!

Arts Administration Seminar lead by Emily MacLeod pitched an idea for a new theatre company! They covered marketing, development, for profit theatres versus non-profit theatres, modern admin versus Elizabethan admin, and more!

STAGE MANAGEMENT

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Jenny Z. played the “stage manager” holding a faux rehearsal to illustrate the vital importance of a stage manager in a production.

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The Stage Management Seminar lead by Justin Shannin performed a faux rehearsal revealing the many magical happenings of stage management supporting all the action on stage.

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Ben gives an overview of a stage manager’s binder which track every actor’s blocking on stage for every page of the script.

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Lexy gives an overview of costume and prop tracking to be sure every actor has the exact prop and costume piece they need for each scene they are on stage

THEATRE HISTORY

Theatre History Seminar lead by Noel Grisanti explored dramaturgy to provide supplementary material to a production. The students chose Romeo and Juliet to research various historical and socio-economic aspects which occurred during the time of the play. They covered the origin story Shakespeare used as inspiration for the play, created a glossary for antiquated terms and phrases, esearched the meanings and connotations behind each character name, and gathered media and sensory media to present in blog form. Each student presented her research in their own creative way from power points to live scenes.

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Theatre History Seminar Group

Theatre History Seminar Group

Their brains have been working at capacity this week, and we still have a weekend full of dress rehearsals and performances!

See you Sunday!

Elizabeth Jordan

Camp Dramaturg

Musicians by Day, Audience by Evening, Actors by Night

Mid-week Wednesday of the final week of camp has been BUSY! Here was our schedule for the day:

  • Warm-up at 8am
  • Breakfast
  • Rehearsals
  • Lunch at 1pm
  • Break
  • Seminar studies
  • Song rehearsals
  • Dinner 5:30pm
  • The Comedy of Errors at the Blackfriars Playhouse
  • Then Measure for Measure cast has dress rehearsal until midnight at the Playhouse

Each cast this week has an opportunity to have a fine-tuned dress rehearsal in front of their peers to prepare for their performances Sunday in front of you all.

The cast of Fair Em meet court and country

The cast of Fair Em meet court and country

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Margaret researches 1950/60′s New York design elements for her seminar’s swank interpretation of The Taming of the Shrew: Shrew Untamed!

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Ava and Roan research for their Design Seminar Presentation tomorrow!

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Theatre History Seminar Group!

Theatre History Seminar Group

 

Campers dressed and ready for the opening of Comedy of Errors!

Campers dressed and ready for the opening of Comedy of Errors!

Measure for Measure in their final number

Measure for Measure in their final number

Measure for Measure in their last number during their preview for the other campers

Measure for Measure in their last number during their preview for the other campers

The cast of Fair Em will have their late night dress rehearsal tomorrow after the ASC’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac. This is a busy and exciting time as the ASCTC staff and campers tie up loose ends!

Hope to see you all Sunday July 13,

Elizabeth Jordan

Camp Dramaturg

Now it’s Tuesday!

Hello Parents and other blog readers,

If you’re wondering why all’s seemed quite on the camp news front, it’s because we have been extremely busy as we head into our final few days. Last night was our first dress rehearsal in the Blackfriars Playhouse. Dress rehearsals are a chance for campers to rehearse on the stage in the costumes they will wear for the show, but the time can also be used to practice entrances or exits as well as any other technical difficulties. I watched as each cast explored the stage, performed their show, and then clean up their space before they left — and they were amazing!  Measure for Measure did a complete run through of their play, and it was quite smooth for only practicing once in the Playhouse before. Fair Em rehearsed each of their entrances and exits; I never realized before how fast paced it was and how often people run around the stage. Tempest has some really exciting stuff happening that I don’t want to give away!

It is incredible how campers can learn all their lines, attend masterclasses, research presentation topics, learn all their blocking, and devise a Pre-Show in just three weeks. Sometimes we ask them to think up new ideas for seminar or to rehearse in their spare time, but they love the work they’re doing, and it shows. Campers work hard everyday from 8:30 AM until 11 PM or even midnight putting these shows together.

We only have a few days left, so if your campers have fallen out of touch with the folks back home, it is because they are laser-focused on their work here in Staunton.

Until Next Time,

Molly, Camp Intern

Here Comes Tech Week!

We are about to enter into Tech Week, which means we start moving the shows into the Blackfriars Playhouse. For most theaters, Tech Week is the roughest part – and though the Playhouse does not have “tech” in the traditional sense of lighting or recorded sound cues, the campers still have lots to do as they transition into the new space. We have to add costumes to the shows, finish the last of the memorization, and figure out all the last minute details. Measure for Measure rehearsed this morning in the Blackfriars Playhouse, and discovered all the minute difficulties of moving from the rehearsal spaces to the stage. The campers have to learn the sight lines backstage while remembering to close doors or move props. The backstage area in the Playhouse also presents greater sound barrier than in the rehearsal spaces, which requires campers to listen more intensely for their cues while offstage.

We can’t wait to see you all Sunday, July 13th!

Isabella at the convent.

Isabella at the convent.

The Duke speaks to a Friar about disguising himself.

The Duke speaks to a Friar about disguising himself

Once rehearsal was done and masterclass was over, it was time for WHAT YOU WILL! Every camper is allowed to display a skill or talent for the group. The campers had everything! Some choreographed a dance, others devised a scene; some played a song or sang and some made animal noises. It was fantastic to see how much talent our group of campers has. Ava and Roan were our MCs for the night and left us in stitches with their corny puns and Shakespearean insults.

Nicole performing a Puck Monologue.

Nicole performing a Puck Monologue.

Jenny singing American Pie.

Jenny singing American Pie.

Becca and Scotty performed a ballet.

Becca and Scotty performing ballet.

Ella's Animal Noises

Ella’s Animal Noises

Miranda's Zombie Dance

Miranda’s Zombie Dance

Caelie's first soft shoe Irish Step Dancing

Caelie’s first soft shoe Irish Step Dancing

Marshall sang some Le Mis

Marshall sang some Le Mis

Rosey at the piano

Rosey at the piano

Liz, Lilly and Katie singing/dancing Barbie's Princess and the Pauper.

Liz, Lilly and Katie singing/dancing Barbie’s Princess and the Pauper.

Alex at the piano.

Alex at the piano.

Dan performing an original composition.

Dan performing an original composition.

Noel and Emily performed a scene from As You Like It.

Noel and Emily performing a scene from As You Like It.

Margret's tap dancing routine

Margret’s tap dancing routine

Valerie sang 'When You Believe' from The Prince of Egypt

Valerie singing ‘When You Believe’ from The Prince of Egypt

Marion, Dan and Scotty performed Hallejuiah

Marion, Dan, and Scotty performing Hallelujah

Lexy, Margret and Becca gave a PSA on whales.

Lexy, Margret and Becca gave a PSA on whales.

Rachel assisted Cat in a song from Once.

Rachel assisted Cat in a song from Once.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until Next Time,

Molly, Camp Intern

4th of July Festivities

Yesterday was a spectacular day indeed and not just because of the fireworks! After rehearsal, the counselors staged a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence with Matt dressed as Thomas Jefferson. We gathered again at three o’clock to have a water balloon battle at the Athletic center, which was quickly followed by a rousing game of capture-the-flag.

After dinner, we had a viewing of 1776 and later s’mores in the courtyard! Then we ended the day in the best way: we watched fireworks at the top of Mary Baldwin’s campus! I hope you all had a Happy 4th, because we certainly did here.

The counselors giving a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence.

The counselors giving a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Water Battle!

Water Battle!

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Liz practicing lines from M4M with water guns from the battle.

Liz practicing lines from M4M with water guns from the battle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Miranda looking for another target.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marshall making a Bond pose.

Marshall making a Bond pose.

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Water Battle Chaos

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The Water Armory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until Next time,

Molly, Camp Intern