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Senior Summer Shakespeare


Directed by
 John Hadden with Keeley Eastley
Ages: 13-19

Tuition: $500
July 23 – August 10  Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
 Performances: August 10-12
Friday, August 10 at 7pm
Saturday, August 11 at 2pm and 7pm
Sunday, August 12 at 2pm

*Auditions Required

This three-week program offers deeper work on language, voice, and physicalization for the teen actor. The heightened language demands of the play coupled with its unique prominence in the theatrical cannon make this an ideal selection for young actors. Directed by guest artist John Hadden with additional Linklater vocal coaching from Master Teacher, Keely Eastley.

A rugged warrior, Macbeth, after squashing a rebellion against his king, receives a prophecy that he will become king himself. His wife eggs him on to kill the king in his sleep, which he does while the king and his retinue are visiting him at his castle. One calamity leads to another, both in the world and in the minds of the two Macbeths. By the end, they are both completely unhinged:  Lady Macbeth kills herself while plagued by hallucinations, and Macbeth, who hasn’t been able to sleep for weeks, fights to his climactic death. What makes this play unusual, apart from the beauty of its telling, is that Macbeth tells us all along what is going on in his inner self, so we can feel his gradual decline during his rise and fall. 

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