Camp Shakespeare Presents Taming of the Shrew
Fri, June 17, 2011 • Sanford Schmid amphitheater, La Grange; Winedale Historic Center Theater Barn
Student performing Puck in last year's Camp Shakespeare performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
The first summer session of Camp Shakespeare which began on
June 5 will conclude with public performances of Shakespeare’s
early farcical comedy, The Taming of the Shrew at the
Sanford Schmid amphitheater on the La Grange fairgrounds on
Friday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m., and at the Winedale Historical
Center’s Theater Barn on Saturday, June 18, at 1:00 p.m.
Admission for the performances is $5.00. Youth under 12 are
free. Reservations for the Winedale performance are
encouraged. Please e-mail jayres@cvctx for information and
Participating are campers from Dallas, Houston, Mineola,
Gonzales, Austin, and Brenham. La Grange is represented by
Bea Burton, daughter of Lori-Learned Burton and George
Burton. The campers were selected for the two two-week
residential experience from a field of 83 applicants from around
Texas and beyond.
Since arriving, they have not only been confronting the
challenges offered by the demands of the play and the
daily routines of physical and vocal exercise, music and singing,
cabin-cleaning, improvisations, journal-writing, textual and
character analysis, and scene work, but also the ever-present
Texas heat. Hourly Gatorade is an essential part of the routine.
Camp Shakespeare director, Jim (Doc) Ayres, reports that he
and his staff are very pleased with the progress. “We have great
kids in the program, a great staff, and a great play,“ he said.
The second session begins on June 26 with students from
various Texas cities as well as Brooklyn, Hong Kong, New
Orleans, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and Ontario. Victoria
Borgstedte, daughter of Drs Allyson and Thomas Borgstedte,
will represent La Grange. These campers will explore
Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.
The site of Camp Shakespeare is Briarfiled B & B, near Round
Top. Ayres will expand the program to three sessions next year
to accommodate the increasing interest in Camp Shakespeare.