2020 Shakespeare Under The Stars

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Shakespeare Under the Stars is a 6 week high school Shakespeare Intensive that begins on June 22nd and concludes on August 1, 2020 with nine performances.

The 2020 Shakespeare Under The Stars production will be The Comedy of Errors.

Shakespeare Under the Stars Auditions:
This year our Shakespeare Under the Stars program, a 6-week Shakespeare Intensive for students age 13-18, will be working on and performing The Comedy of Errors. Because we are unable to have auditions at the theatre now, due to taking Covid-19 precautions, all auditions will be submitted by video and emailed to bridget@emilyann.org. Your audition must consist of a memorized one-minute Shakespeare monologue of your choosing. At the start of the video, please slate (say your name, age, and what roles you are most interested in). Videos must be emailed to our Artistic Director no later than May 17th. The program runs from June 22nd through August 1st, every day Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm for the first four weeks, and then just in the evenings for performances for the last two weeks.

The EmilyAnn Theatre was founded to provide a permanent home for Shakespeare Under the Stars (SUS). Originally a program of Wimberley High School, Shakespeare Under the Stars has been fully funded and administered by the EmilyAnn Theatre since 1998. This unique Shakespeare Intensive offers students ages 12 - graduating seniors the opportunity to study and perform one of Shakespeare's plays. Students audition in May and memorize their lines before arriving in July. Students select an area of technical theatre (set construction, costuming, or lighting) on which to focus. With guidance from the Artistic Director, theatre professionals, and interns, students aid in the construction of the costumes and sets. When not working on their assigned technical area, students rehearse with the director, working on acting and the understanding of Shakespeare's plays. Students also attend workshops taught by theatre professionals in topics such as fight choreography, characterization, and text analysis. The 6-week experience culminates with the production of nine performances of full-length plays.

The goals of Shakespeare Under the Stars are to:
  • foster a love, appreciation, and understanding of Shakespeare's works,
  • enable students to assist in producing a full-length play,
  • provide students with a solid background in theatre industry practices and safety standards,
  • and build students' self-confidence, team-work skills, leadership skills, and competence in theatre arts.
Shakespeare Under the Stars is under the Artistic Direction of Bridge Farias. Bridget, who holds a BFA in Acting and Directing from Texas State, has directed Shakespeare Under the Stars productions since 2008. She is the full-time Artistic Director of the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens. For more information about Shakespeare Under the Stars, please contact Bridget at bridget@emilyann.org.