Aug 27, 2013 1:39 PM by MELISSA CANONE
Grand Coteau, La.- Katherine Clack, Academy of the Sacred Heart student, performed at the American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse this summer as part of the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp. Katherine played the roles of Thaliard and Boult in Pericles by William Shakespeare, one of the three plays produced during an all-day performance festival at the Blackfriars Playhouse on July 14. Katherine and other campers played to a full house of appreciative and enthusiastic theatregoers.
Since 1997, the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia has been responsible for inspiring and teaching the next generation of performers. The American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp is a program for young, aspiring actors who want professional-quality training in a college preparatory environment. The camp encourages participants aged 13-18 to discover more about Shakespeare by studying the original staging practices of his time: universal lighting, audience contact, live music, taking on multiple roles, and cross-gender casting. In each three-week session campers also participate in performance master classes, including stage combat, dance music, theatre history, and clowning.
Throughout the camp sessions, campers audition for and rehearse an hour-long version of a play by William Shakespeare or one of his contemporaries. Plays produced by the ASC Theatre Camp this summer included William Shakespeare's Pericles, As you Like It, Richard II, and The Taming of the Shrew. The campers also performed The Wild Goose Chase by John Fletcher in the camp's first session and Volpone By Ben Jonson in the second session.
Founded in 1988 as Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, the organization became the American Shakespeare Center in 2005 and can be found online at www.americanshakespearecenter.com.