Shakespeare camp adds Puppet Workshop

Kingsmen summer theater program in 30th year

The camp provides opportunities for children to learn theater techniques and try them out on stage while developing self-awareness, confidence and discipline.

Photo: Brian Stethem

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – May 26, 2015) The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company Summer Theatre Camp is adding a new Puppet Workshop to its offerings in its 30th year.

In the new session taught by camp director Aaron Anthony Bonilla, campers 8 to 16 will build and learn to manipulate marionettes. They will present a public showcase of scenes from “Romeo and Juliet.” The half-day camp meets in the afternoon.

In Beginning Shakespeare, children aged 8 to 12 will learn about the Bard, textual analysis, vocabulary, stage movement and combat techniques as they prepare to present a condensed version of “Taming of the Shrew” or “Comedy of Errors.” Training for 8- to 16-year-olds continues with Advanced Shakespeare, which covers Shakespeare scenes, stage combat, period dance and acting techniques in more depth and concludes with the presentation of an abridged “Macbeth.” This year, Advanced Shakespeare will be an all-day camp, and all-day and half-day options will be available for Beginning Shakespeare.

Musical Theatre for 12- to 16-year-olds will cover vocal technique, acting and dance and culminate in a performance of selections from a musical. The half-day camp meets in the morning.

Co-presented by California Lutheran University, the camp provides opportunities for children to learn theater techniques and try them out on stage while developing self-awareness, confidence and discipline.

Bonilla, in his second year as director, helped develop the curriculum and designed the teacher-development program for the apprentices who teach in the camp. A graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts, he has devoted himself to theater production, performance and education for 14 years.

Barbara Wegher-Thompson, who teaches dance and movement at Cal Lutheran and has been involved with the Young Artists Ensemble, will again teach Musical Theatre. Teachers, actors and Kingsmen Shakespeare Company members round out the staff.

Two-week sessions begin June 15 and continue through July 31. Classes will be held in the Cal Lutheran Theatre Arts Building and adjoining spaces.

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company, the professional theater company of Cal Lutheran, presents the annual Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival each summer, coordinates apprentice programs for professional and aspiring Shakespearean actors and provides an educational tour program in local schools.

For more information, visit kingsmenshakespeare.org, call 805-493-3452 or email info@kingsmenshakespeare.org. Registration is available online.

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