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Friday, June 27, 2008

San Ramon Shakespeare Camp

Bay Area Shakespeare Camps

Announced by San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

SAN RAMON, CA – The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival announces that it will offer its yearly Bay Area Shakespeare Camp aspiring actors in San Ramon.

Two-week sessions, for ages 7-13, will be held at the Front Row Theater. The Camp meets weekdays from August 4 to August 15. All sessions run from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m..

Each two-week session is led by theater professionals who, in addition to their stage credentials, are also trained teachers and camp counselors. Camp sessions are designed to instill a sense of fun and creative exploration while developing and refining the skills used for performance. Campers develop various aspects of acting craft, including vocal projection techniques, improvisation skills and more, while learning to master the Bard’s verse. They also design and build their costumes, props and sets, learn stage combat and put all of their newly acquired skills on display for family and friends at a celebratory performance on the camp’s final day. Campers leave the camp with a new sense of confidence and self-esteem. The camps are perfect for both beginning and intermediate performers.

“We’re always excited to offer new camp locations,” said Rebecca Ennals, the Camp Director and Artistic Associate of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. “There’s something about bringing Shakespeare to new friends and neighbors that makes it extra special.”

Perhaps the strongest testament to the success of the camps comes from the returning students. Of last year’s 800+ participants in 31 camps all over the Bay Area, about two-thirds of them were returning campers from prior seasons or personal referrals who also wanted to get in on the fun!

At 2:00 p.m. on the final day of each camp, campers will stage their own mini-performance of a Shakespearean play for family and friends. A cast party will follow the performance.

“It’s amazing to see what can be accomplished in two weeks and parents are always astonished when they see their children perform,” adds Ennals.

“Many campers say that camp is their favorite summer vacation experience and some have attended camp for five or six summers.”

The cost for each Shakespeare Camp session is $420. Aftercare is available for 7-13-year-olds at an additional charge of $135.

Registrations are now being accepted by phone at 415-558-0888 with a credit card or by mail. The registration form may be downloaded at and submitted with payment. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. The camps often sell out, so early registration is strongly encouraged.

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