Tigger is loving Shakespeare camp. They work really hard and she comes home pretty tired but she is very happy. Last week they did a lot of fight training. And they each learned a passage as an audition piece. The younger ones (of whom Tigger is one) all learned the “All the world’s a stage…” piece. (They are doing As You Like It.) She does a pretty good job of it. They performed it for the director on Friday and will find out their parts today.
On Friday evening we went down to Prescott to see a performance of As You Like It at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. That link has a great photo of the stage and amphitheatre, facing the river (with NY State on the opposite bank). It is less than one-hour drive and we had a picnic first and then watched the play. It was great. And I think the kids got a really good sense of how the whole thing works together. And I won the 50/50 draw! Quite the surprise.
This week might be a busy week for Tigger. They get their parts today and have to have their lines all memorized well by Friday. The guidelines that came home at the beginning suggest planning 1 hour per day for memorization this week. She’s pretty motivated, though, so it’ll probably be fine.
We are going to go to see the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream tomorrow evening. And we’ve been invited to a friend’s for a barbecue on Wednesday evening. That’s Tigger’s birthday so we said we’d bring cake. I guess I need to get on that. She’ll have a party with her friends on Saturday. We’re just going to a local park that has a wading pool and play structure. She’s made loot-bag gifts for all her guests all ready. (If you want to wish her a happy birthday, she blogs here.)
I think this Shakespeare camp might become an annual event for her. It is pretty clear that lots of the kids come back year after year. And they learn lots. Unlike other day-camps, it is not really designed as child-care but rather as an intensive theatre production. We’ll have to work out what that means for drama stuff during the year in relation to the budget.
On the other hand, there are worse ways to learn about English literature. Having that kind of deep engagement with the script at her age might provide a really good foundation for more critical engagement later (in high school years). She doesn’t seem to be bothered at all by either the language or the font. They have scripts in old-fashioned fonts where the “s” looks like and “f”. I hadn’t even thought about the potential impact of that until some of the other moms were talking about it on Friday evening. And we had a reasonable discussion of the reasons why the other company might have staged it the way they did on the way home from the performance.