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Shakespeare Summer Camp

A Midsummer Night's Dream

For young people ages 10–18
July 11 to 29
at the Billings Estate.

A three-week day camp—young performers will act, sing, dance, and work together to bring the characters of this fun-filled play to life.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies. In an enchanted forest, a mischievous fairy called Puck wants to help his master play a trick on the fairy queen, but his magic accidentally lands on four young people from Athens who are suddenly all running after the wrong person.

What impressed me most was how quickly you got to know each camper and built on their strengths while making adjustments for individual differences. You were very insightful in knowing when someone needed a little more encouragement or individual attention.—a parent

The camp is held outside, on the beautiful grounds of the Billings Estate Museum, 2100 Cabot Street, near Billings Bridge. We have access to some indoor space in case of rain, but there’s something magical about learning lines and rehearsing a play among the trees, the gardens and the fresh air.

No experience necessary. This play is a great introduction for beginners. For those with experience, it’s a chance to be challenged and to bring your work to the next level, while having a lot of fun.

Camp leader Rosemary Nolan is a theatre professional and certified teacher who has acted in 17 productions of Shakespeare plays and directed six!

“Hello Rosemary, this is Abbie from camp. I got your email from my mom. I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful camp and great experience. I had an amazing time learning stage fighting, performing, making friends that like acting just like me, and overall having a great summer!! I found it incredible that you could direct a play (and actually make it good) in only three weeks, as well as learning some things that we didn’t even need to learn for the show. You even found time for auditions, which is always a great experience, no matter if you have done it 100 or 0 times. I enjoyed it so much and learned a lot. Expect to see me next year…Abigail”

Dates and Times: July 11-29, 9 am to 4 pm

Fees: $850 per camper, for the full three weeks. Sibling discount available.

● More about the camp here.
● Request more info here.
Registration form here.

Ah Spring!

We’re celebrating April with The Wind in the Willows (April 9 and 10—online)
The Wind in the Willows: join Mole, Rat and Toad on a boat ride, a car crash, a daring escape from jail, and an epic battle against some weasel-y bullies. A brand-new video with puppets, masks, storytelling, music, and special effects!
Reserve your free Zoom link here.

Other events:

Toronto School of Puppetry Workshops (adult classes)—this weekend!
Just Shoot Me: Exploring Puppetry Video Techniques, with John Nolan, Saturdays, April 2 & April 9, from 11:00 am to 12:30 EST.
Sew you want to make a puppet? Sewing ideas for puppets and puppet costumes, with Kathy MacLellan, Sundays, April 3 & April 10, from 11:00 am to 12:30 EST
Check out the courses here.

Felicity Falls

In an animal village, one little rabbit can’t sleep. Another one loses a teddy bear. Others see a hot air balloon that changes everything. Gentle funny stories about families, told with stuffed animal toy puppets.
Saturday, April 23 at 11:00 and 3:00 
Live and in person at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, 3 Rosamond St E, Almonte Ont. We are thrilled to be doing Felicity Falls as part of a series of three shows to preview the return of the Almonte International Puppet Festival, Puppets Up!
Tickets are $12.50 (plus fees). Get tickets here.
Read more about Felicity Falls, Pirate Treasure, and Punch and Judy: The Silly Version here.

Shakespeare Camp

It’s back! A three-week day camp for ages 10-18, at the beautiful Billings Estate Museum, from July 11 to 29, 2022, presenting A Midsummer Night’s Dream. More info here.

Hat Trick with Centaur Theatre

Hi Everyone!

We are very happy to let you know that Hat Trick is the first in a series of free online family shows presented by Centaur Theatre of Montreal.

You can watch it anytime until February 21 here.

Hat Trick is a staging of three books by acclaimed Canadian author Jon Klassen: I Want My Hat Back, This is Not My Hat, and We Found a Hat. The show features puppets, poems, songs, stories, dances, and crazy situations that will make even the most serious children laugh out loud.

Puppeteers John Nolan and Kathy MacLellan worked with six awesome collaborators, including two dancers, who teach some fun steps to get everyone up and moving to amazing music! With dancers Nicola Fridgen and Sarah Hopkin from The School of Dance, musicians Patrick Kline (cello) and Reiko Lokker (violin) from 234 Strings, and multi-instrumentalists Russell Levia and Ainsley McNeaney.

Centaur is offering free on-demand viewing of a selection of theatre and animation digital projects throughout February and March. You will find the videos on the featured Children’s Series page on the listed dates. Watch them as many times as you like

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