October 28, 2021

Shakespeare Summer Camp seeks teens for day programs

WATERVILLE – The Shakespeare Summer Camp for Teens is taking early registration for its six-week day camp program which runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays beginning July 9 and ending Aug. 19. The program will be held at the Waterville Junior High Theater.

The camp has openings for up to 35 teens and openings for five additional teens to apprentice and participate in the technical and production aspect of the camp, under the direction of Thomas and Adam Gee.

Teens may attend the full six-week day camp, which includes five presentations and a final full production of “Taming of the Shrew” for a cost of $400 ($300 if registered by May 1). Teens can also attend the camp for the first five weeks, participating only in five presentations, for $275; or teens can attend one full week for $100.

The camp is in its second year and is under the direction of Charles O. Blaisdell, a scholar of English, theater and Shakespeare for four decades. Blaisdell is the founder, producer and director of the West End Theatre in New York City for which he produced and directed most of Shakespeare’s plays, the farces of Aristophanes and Moliere and the off-Broadway revival of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” He also directed the revival of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and Paper Mill Playhouse and the State Theatre of New Jersey, which toured nationally for four years.

Additional information and registration and scholarship materials are available 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the Alfond Youth Center registration desk, or contact Charles Blaisdell at 453-1757.

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