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We are currently working on dates for our 2021 summer camps. Check back in for future updates on our 2021 Summer Camp offerings! We look forward to a summer full of fun and safe drama (the good kind)!
Please contact director of education, Veronica Von Tobel, at email@example.com with any questions.
Dir. Of Education Veronica Von Tobel & ISF School of Theater Teaching Staff
Each camp concludes with a performance open to the public. Performances are the last hour, of the last day of camp unless otherwise noted. Any camp performance is subject to change depending upon safety regulations.
Shakespeare and Me! – Ages 3-5
The wee players learn lines from some of Shakespeare’s most famous scenes and act them out for you. Families will glow as the students demonstrate their brilliance in a performance on the last day of class.
Shakespeare Showcase – Ages 6-8
A super fun, game-filled class where students are immersed in kid-friendly versions of some of Shakespeare’s wackiest plays! They will learn how to fly like a fairy, clown around like a court jester, and rule like royalty. This is a class all about play, whether it’s reading stories, making arts and crafts projects, or singing songs. The play’s the thing!
Short Shakespeare – Ages 9-11
Lots of adults find Shakespeare intimidating, how can a kid understand? That’s exactly what this class is about! Making Shakespeare accessible, whether it’s setting A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a school or Macbeth on the moon, this camp focuses on putting on a 10-minute version of one of Shakespeare’s plays. Sometimes with updated language and narration. It is all about learning how to have fun while putting on a play. Why not use one of the greatest playwrights of all time as inspiration!
Shakespeare Intensive I – Ages 12-14
Whether your camper has plenty of acting experience or has never stepped foot on a stage, this camp is right for them. All that’s needed is an interest in theater and telling a good story! Instructors will work over 3 weeks on putting together a 45-minute version of a Shakespeare play. They will work as an ensemble to create the world of the play, being involved in the scenic, sound, and costume elements, as well as playing a character. This camp is a great way to learn about everything that goes into putting on a play and performing it on a professional stage! Please note: Performances will be at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival Amphitheater.
Advanced Shakespeare Intensive – Ages 15-18
Whether your camper has plenty of acting experience or has never stepped foot on a stage, this camp is right for them! All that’s needed is an interest in theater and telling a good story! Instructors will work over 3 weeks on putting together a 45-minute version of a Shakespeare play! They will work as an ensemble to create the world of the play, being involved in the scenic, sound, and costume elements, as well as playing a character! This camp is a great way to learn about everything that goes into putting on a play and performing it on a professional stage! The Advanced Intensive can be a springboard to the ISF High School Apprentice Program. Please note: Performances will be at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival Amphitheater.
Camp Broadway – Ages 6-9
A popular one-week musical theater camp for youngsters itching to sing and dance their heart out! Students will perform songs and choreography from Broadway musicals and other popular hits at the end of the incredibly fun-filled week.
Camp Musical – Ages 10-18
Our biggest and most popular camp! Sing, dance, and act your heart out while experiencing the joy of musical theater. Each group of students will dive deep into what it takes to be on Broadway! Students will learn choreography and music from some of Broadway’s hits and put all they have learned into a toe-tapping performance at the end of this one week camp.
Camp Improv! – Ages 9-18
Learn to “think on your feet” and say “yes” to the basics of Improv games and exercises. Students will learn to sharpen their wit and sense of comic timing with this fun and fast paced class! A performance at the end of this one-week camp will show friends and families just how witty their students can be.
The office of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival is at the corner of 9th and Fulton and is housed in the same building as Boise Contemporary Theater. There is parking to be found around the area and there are two pay lots directly across the street. Be careful about the No Parking signs, they are enforced. Do not park in the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Complex lots – those are private parking. You’ll see the signs.
There’s a big porch at Boise Contemporary Theater and students come in the big silver front doors, through the Lobby area and downstairs to their classes (Classrooms A, B, and C). The Instructorst will be there waiting for their students to arrive.
As a reminder, we do not have pre or post class child care – please be prompt in picking up your student. You can come into the Lobby of the Boise Contemporary Theater to wait for your child or pick them up outside. The teachers will not allow any student to leave the theater porch area until you arrive.
Arrival and Departure
The teachers will be waiting for your student in the classrooms downstairs. It is very important that you pick up your student ON TIME. We are sorry but we do not have child care available for after class times.
Water & Snacks
Please send a water bottle with your student. Acting is thirsty work! If your child needs to have a snack, feel free to send something small and easy for him or her to handle.
Short skirts, bare middles, tight clothing — no fun! If the student is afraid of something showing, all that creativity will go right out the window. Please have your student wear loose, easy-going clothing! It’s time to play and have fun!
We have found that students participate more fully and are more focused when loved ones are not present. If you would like, you may stay for the first 20 minutes of their first class, but if you stay you will have to play! We will take good care of your children and you are invited to see all the wonderful work they’ve done at their final performance. If there are special circumstances please contact our education manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s all about play and we want all our students to have lots of fun & enjoy the creative experience! So if a student becomes disruptive instead of joining in — we just use the “time out” method & invite the student to rejoin the group when they’re ready. However, if behavior becomes an issue, we’ll contact you to help us.