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From Musicals to the Bard

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 13:05

Bay Street Theater’s summer programs for kids in the coming weeks include a puppet camp for little ones, musical theater, Shakespeare workshops, and master classes and musical immersion for teens.

Liz Joyce, the founder of the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre, will lead a weeklong Puppet Power camp for ages 4 to 7 starting on Aug. 5. Also that week, Kristen Poulakis, a vocal coach and piano instructor, leads My Life: The Musical, in which ages 7 to 9 work on scripts, songs, and choreography. The program will repeat for ages 9 to 12 from Aug. 12 through 16.

Older kids ages 7 to 9 can Remix Shakespeare in a weeklong workshop with Bethany Dellapolla, an actor, teacher, director, and choreographer, starting on Aug. 19. Others ages 9 to 12 can dive in to an abridged Shakespeare production with Suzanne Clifton-Walsh, a theater specialist, from Aug. 19 to 23.

All camps run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and culminate with performances for family and friends. The cost for each is $475 per week, with discounts offered for those enrolled in more than one.

Four teen master classes are planned. The first, Bard’s Best, on Monday, will be taught by Julia Motyka, an actress, producer, and playwright. Participants will analyze and experiment with a classic Shakespeare scene as they tackle his language and meter. Scott Schwartz, Bay Street’s artistic director, will lead a master class on musical theater auditions on Friday, Aug. 2. Wade Dooley, a playwright and actor whose “The Prompter” came to the Bay Street stage this summer, will teach a class on making a monologue on Aug. 5. Finally, Will Pomerantz, Bay Street’s associate artistic director, will lead a master class on play analysis and scene study on Aug. 12.

All four will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $125 for one class, $220 for two, and $325 for three.

One of the musical immersion workshops in August will dovetail with the Bay Street production of “Annie Get Your Gun.” Teens will see a matinee on Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. and then follow up the next day with a workshop with a cast member. The cost is $200. For teens who sing, dance, and act, a Triple Threat training from Aug. 19 through 23, also from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will help them hone their talents for musical theater. This one costs $500.

Advance registration is a must for all workshops and camps.


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