Rag & Bone
Shakespeare Camp

Shakespeare Summer Camp

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Spend your July outdoors on the beautiful grounds of the Billings Estate Museum.
For young people ages 10 to 18.
 

Actor withe hat.

Young actors will perform Shakespeare's comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The camp is centred on acting skills, including stage combat (with swords), voice work, singing, using the acting clues in Shakespeare's first folio, commedia dell'arte and more!

No acting or Shakespeare experience is necessary. This play is a great introduction for beginners.

For those with experience, this is a chance to be challenged and to bring your work to the next level, while having a lot of fun.

 

July 4 to July 21, for 3 wonderful weeks

From 9 am to 4 pm each day.

Shows: 7 pm July 20, 2 pm and 7 pm July 21.

 

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Lead by artists Rosemary Nolan and David DaCosta


Rosemary NolanRosemary Nolan is a teacher, director, actor and playwright. She has a BA in Theatre and Mathematics from Queen's University, and a Bachelor of Education.

Her play Transcript has toured the Ottawa area. She recently directed Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde.

This will be her third year as leader at Summer Shakespeare Camp.


David daCostaDavid daCosta is an Ottawa-based actor, musician, and teacher. Most recently, he was a member of Rag & Bone’s ensemble that toured A World of Stories across schools throughout the Ottawa region.

He received his RCM Grade 10 piano certificate with honours, and has taught music at West End Music School, the Ottawa Waldorf School, and has also composed scores for multiple theatrical productions.

He is looking forward to returning for his second summer at the Summer Shakespeare Camp!

Valentine Rescuing Sylvia from Proteus

The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a play Shakespeare wrote early in his career. It's about young people struggling with love and friendship, moving away from home for the first time, and finding a path in life.

It also has outlaws, a dog, disguises, betrayal, clever and not-so-clever plans, and more.

Intros and summaries to Two Gents:

Here and here.

Text online:

Modern spelling, from a great reference site: here.

Transcription of first folio (spelling from Shakespeare's time): here.


Painting by William Holman Hunt - Art Renewal Centerdescription, Public Domain, Link

The Billings Estate Museum

The Billings Estate

The camp is held outside, on the beautiful grounds of the Billings Estate Museum, Ottawa. We do have access to some indoor space in case of rain, but the majority of camp is outside in the fresh air among the trees.

It's at 2100 Cabot Street Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6K1.

Read more about the Estate here.

Cost: $800 per camper. (+ 13% HST for campers over 15 years only) Sibling discount available.

Click here to request more information, or to ask a question about the camp.

Download a registration form here.

Here's a bit more background from Rosemary:
  • The camp will run with anywhere from 15 to 25 participants, depending on enrollment. Everyone gets a part. We try to make sure everyone gets a part that will challenge them appropriately i.e. it feels like a big part but is not overwhelming. Usually, some characters are played by more than one actor, in different scenes. So might have 3 people playing Proteus (one of the two gentlemen) for the beginning, middle, and end. Other actors might get to play more than one character. If we have fewer campers, we cut the text down a bit but still play the whole story.
  • The show is at the Billings Estate, outside or under the tent, depending on weather. We rehearse in the same place we perform. It's a Shakespeare in the Park sort of feel, kind of like what the profession actors in Bear and Company and A Company of Fools do in parks around the city.
  • In the first week, everyone is given a bit to work on; either a monologue or a scene with one other person. We don't expect anyone to be able to perform it on the first read through; and we teach them different techniques for building character and approaching text. We perform these on the first Friday and then "show parts" are given out on the Monday of the second week.
What to bring:

• A healthy lunch to get you though an active day. Probably more food than you pack for a regular school day.

• Sunscreen and a hat.

• Extra layers in case of rain or cold.

• Your script (which you will get on the first day of camp) No acting or Shakespeare experience is necessary.


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Start date is July 4...