Apollinaire Summer Shakespeare Intensive Announced for Youth

Apollinaire Theatre will be holding a Summer Shakespeare Intensive, June 27-July 31, for youth ages 11-18 as part of the new and expanded Chelsea Youth Theatre program.

Participants will perform Hamlet in Spanish as part of our Apollinaire in the Park production running July 13-31 in PORT Park. Each summer Apollinaire Theatre Company produces a free outdoor show in both English and Spanish. This summer our Chelsea Youth Theatre students, with help from our professional company, will be presenting the Spanish language version of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

This five-week program will include classes in acting, text, movement, and stage combat, and on-going rehearsals. Actors from the professional cast of Hamlet will also offer special workshops in their areas of expertise. Participants will present Hamlet in PORT Park on Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31.

No prior acting or Shakespeare experience is required, just interest, enthusiasm, commitment, and a desire to learn. All participants must attend a group audition (no prepared piece is needed!). Auditions will be held June 11 & 12 during the Chelsea Art Walk, and on June 16 & 19.  Class work will be bilingual, and the final production will be in Spanish and preference will be given to students who speak Spanish. (English language classes will begin this fall!)  Cost for the program is $575.  Financial aid is available, and all students with an interest in performing are encouraged to apply regardless of financial status — we are committed to providing opportunities to everybody with an interest in the arts.

The program will be directed by Andrea Rios and Armando Rivera. Rios is a dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker with a background in Hispanic Literature.  She recently received her Master of Arts in Theatre Education from Emerson College.  Armando is an actor and director, with degrees in theater and history from Florida Gulf Coast University. He has worked extensively in youth theatre with the B Street Theatre in Sacramento, CA, where he toured California with “Walk in Our Shoes” and was featured in the original production “Dia de los Cuentos.”

Chelsea Youth Theatre will be offering a variety of classes for children and youth in their new youth theatre this fall!  They encourage students and parents to sign up for their email list on their web site, www.apollinairetheatre.com for information.  The new youth arts space will have a black-box theater for youth productions, and offer classes and youth programs year round.  There will also be expanded opportunities for youth to apprentice and intern with Apollinaire Theatre Company, working with professional directors, stage managers, and designers, or participating in productions as actors.

All programs are at the Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet Street (Chelsea Square – across from 222 Broadway) in Chelsea.

The Chelsea Youth Theatre is supported in part by a grant from the Paul & Edith Babson Foundation and the Riseman Foundation.

For more information call: 617/887-2336 or email [email protected]

Chelsea Youth Theatre is a program of Apollinaire Theatre Company, Chelsea’s own professional theater.

Young Actors in 2015 Apollinaire in the Park production.

Young Actors in 2015 Apollinaire in the Park production.

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