SUMMER 2014

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Thank you for joining us for a fantastic summer! We were blown away by the courage, curiosity, and passion brought to each workshop. We're already looking forward to next summer!  Until then, stay tuned for our 14/15 workshop season.

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All of our Shakespeare summer camps are held at City Lit Theatre, located in the Edgewater Presbyterian Church at 1020 W. Bryn Mawr. 

Our camps for girls 10-16 run M-F (with the exception of our 3 day Speak the Speech intensive, which is M-W) from 9am-4pm. There will always be a Viola Project staff member at the main door on Bryn Mawr beginning at 8:30am. 

All camps end in a performance for family and friends on the final afternoon. 

 


Speak the Speech! -- June 30-July 2
from 195.00

Register for camps during February in order to take advantage of this early bird price!

Are you a veteran Violan?  Want to take your text work and monologue skills to the next level?  Join us for a three day intensive to polish up and prepare two contrasting monologues from Shakespeare's text.  Discover why Shakespeare's character say the things they do and unlock the secrets of how Shakespeare wanted his actors to speak. We'll introduce Folio work and end our session with a mock audition for a real casting director! 

This special 3 day camp intensive is designed for girls who have done one or more sessions with The Viola Project and want to strengthen their acting skills.

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The Quality of Mercy (The Merchant of Venice) -- July 7-11
from 325.00

Register for camps during February in order to take advantage of this early bird price!

Join the Viola Project as we examine justice, mercy and pounds of flesh in one of Shakespeare’s most controversial plays. Experience cross dressing lady lawyers as they command a courtroom and get the inside scoop on how the law worked in Shakespeare’s Venice and how it works today. In this week long camp we will tackle the tough questions that come up in The Merchant of Venice and ponder whether anyone can truly be without prejudice.

This camp will tackle difficult questions dealing with bias as well as include visits from female lawyers

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Sounds and Sweet Aires! -- July 14-18
from 325.00

Register for camps during February in order to take advantage of this early bird price!

Shakespeare's plays were full of poetry and music and so are you!  Join The Viola Project as we unlock the musical secrets within his plays, from Ophelia's song of madness to Desdemona's Willow to Feste's closing ballad.  We'll discover why and when people sing instead of speaking and what might compel them to choose another form of communication when simple words fail. We'll tackle scenes with music head on while generating our own songs and poems.  No musical experience is necessary, but feel free to bring your instrument!  

This camp will include basic to intermediate music instruction in addition to our regular Shakespeare text work.

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Serious Vanity -- July 21-25
from 325.00

Register for camps during February in order to take advantage of this early bird price!

Shakespeare’s heroines were bold, witty and strong.  They also endured constant scrutiny from their male counterparts in terms of how they looked and what they wore.  Join The Viola Project as we respond to the men of Shakespeare while responding to ideals of beauty in our present day.  On our week we’ll encounter great loves like Juliet, spurned mistresses like Rosalind and misunderstood bad girls like Kate.  We’ll tackle media representation from the Renaissance portraits of the Art Institute to the cover of Vogue and even play a little dress up!  

This camp includes a field trip to Chicago's Art Institute as well as a presentation of student generated work responding to standards of beauty for women and girls.

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Oh My Ducats! -- July 28-August 1
from 325.00

Register for camps during February in order to take advantage of this early bird price!

How do you take a bankrupt and endangered kingdom and turn it into a prosperous and powerful queendom?  Just ask Elizabeth I!  The influence of Queen Elizabeth made England a place where playwrights like Shakespeare could flourish.  We'll take a look at her amazing transformation of England as well as scenes in Shakepeare of characters grappling with power, money and titles.  We'll also get savvy on financial matters that affect women and girls today and create an economy of our own within the walls of City Lit. (Don't worry, we'll use fake money!) 

This camp will include an age appropriate presentation on financial literacy and conversations on the importance of financial independence for women and girls.

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