Two Companies. Two Camps. Two Gents. Too wonderful!

Summer Camp for Girls – Ages 10 to 16

Week of August 3 to August 7, 2015

Price: From $315

Register by February 13th to take advantage of early bird prices!

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This summer Oak Park Festival Theatre will collaborate with the extraordinary Chicago Viola Project in simultaneous week long summer camps focusing on Shakespeare’s rarely produced comedy Two Gentlemen Of Verona, the second production of Festival Theatre’s 41st summer season .

The critically acclaimed Oak Park Festival Theatre is not only the Midwest’s oldest professional (AEA) outdoor classical theatre, but it is Oak Park’s only professional theatre and a jewel in the communities cultural crown.  For more than four decades, families have delighted in stunning performances under the stars in idyllic Austin Gardens. Festival Theatre contributes to its vibrant community by creating projects with such local organizations as Prevail, Oak Park regional Housing Authority, Animal care League, and the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association. Deeply committed to offering theatre for all ages, Festival Theatre offers productions are created as multi-generational experiences. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.

_7668797575The Viola Project is a ten year old Chicago company that uses the works of William Shakespeare to unite and empower girls so they may grow up to be whoever they want to be. The Viola Project provides a space for girls aged 10-16 to come together and explore classic texts while engaging in a vibrant discussion of contemporary issues facing girls and women. With Shakespeare’s text is the common thread they use an  interdisciplinary approach to learning combining  self defense, visual arts,  music, stage craft, interviews with  professional women, and attendance at  live performances as well as  perform works of both Shakespeare and their own creation.

For several summers artists from  Oak Park Festival Theatre have conducted Master Classes at the Viola Project summer camp in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago.  Viola Project staff and campers along with their families have enjoyed Festival Theatre productions in Austin Gardens There they  met with OPFT artists both before and after performances.

Now, for the first time, the two organizations will hold simultaneous week long summer camps, one in Chicago and the other in Oak Park. Working with a common curriculum concentrating on Two Gentlemen of Verona, the two camps will be in constant communication sharing their thoughts about the text and their roles in it. The two camps will come together as comrades in art to share their discoveries and insights in a final combined performance of the play for their families and friends on the set on Festival Theatre’s production.

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