Behold! The Session 1 Final Performance Festival approacheth!

We’re heading into a week of midnight dress rehearsals and the camp takeover of the final preshow songs before the shows put on this week by the  ASC resident troupe. It’s the home stretch, and we’re so excited to polish the work we’ve been doing these last two weeks and show it off to everybody on Sunday, July 9!

We now have an official schedule of events for the entire day, including the order of the shows as they will be performed on the day itself.

2017 Session 1 Performance Festival Schedule

Sunday, July 9

10:00 am —————————————————————–

Welcome Brunch at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Complimentary and open to immediate family (RSVP required)

11:00 am —————————————————————-

Blackfriars Playhouse opens for seating

Admission is free and open to the public.
Seating is first-come, first-served.
No RSVP necessary.

11:15 am —————————————————————-

Official Welcome to the Playhouse and the Festival

Director of Mission Ralph Alan Cohen, Director of Education Sarah Enloe, and Camp Director Lia Wallace will welcome friends and family to join us in celebrating this festive occasion

11:45 am —————————————————————-

Henry IV, Part 1 performance

12:45 pm —————————————————————-

Lunch Break (1 hour)

Pick up preordered lunches in upstairs lobby.
Additional lunches will not be available for sale on the day of the Festival.
Campers are not permitted to leave the Playhouse.

1:45 pm —————————————————————-

Titus Andronicus performance

2:45 pm —————————————————————-

Coffee Break

Join us in the Playhouse lobbies (upstairs and downstairs) for complimentary coffee and nibbles

3:00 pm —————————————————————-

The Sea Voyage performance

4:00 pm —————————————————————-

Strike and Photo Sessions

Parents are welcome to hang around for the picture sessions and take their own group shots, but please follow any and all instructions given by our official photographer, Lindsey Walters of the fabulous Miscellaneous Media Photography — she knows what she’s doing. Parents will get access to all production photos (including the group photos) once Lindsey finishes editing them and creating galleries for you to access.
No need to wait for your camper, who will have lots to do after the photo sessions. Instead, parents should head on up to the Celebration Picnic when the shows (or pictures) are done — we’ll bring your campers up to the picnic for food, fawning, and final festivities.

4:45 pm —————————————————————-

Celebration Picnic in Hunt West Dining Hall

Complimentary to friends and family (RSVP required)

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm ————————————————–

Camper Check Out

‘Til next summer! We’ll miss you.

Questions? Quibbles? Queries?
Contact me at
Or Vicky at
Or Adrienne at
We’ll do our best to accommodate whatever you may need in a timely fashion!

Getting Ralph’d


One of my personal favorite things about Camp is introducing a room full of whipsmart young adults to my boss’s boss, the co-founder and Director of Mission of the American Shakespeare Center and the founder of the Mary Baldwin University Shakespeare & Performance graduate program, Dr. Ralph Alan Cohen — – or, as Sarah Enloe likes to call him, “the southern Baptist preacher of Shakespeare.”

When students ask me about my experience in graduate school, I always start by telling them that in the first year of the S&P program, you get Ralph’d. And you get Ralph’d hard. Getting Ralph’d is an over-the-top affirmation of loving “that thing you love” — in our case, Shakespeare. Imagine: the man who built the Blackfriars Playhouse sitting (standing and jumping in excitement is probably more like it, if we’re being accurate) with you as you discover together just how much feeling Shakespeare could cram into 5 little words.

I wish I could give the campers three years of Ralphing, but alas, three hours will have to do. Here’s just a taste of that Ralph sampling:

Come see the fruits of this labor when the campers perform on Sunday, July 9.

Text Prep Day: introductory rhetoric class

Check out the campers in Vicky Vail’s introductory ROADS to rhetoric workshop:


I swear I didn’t even stage this moment, where Vicky asked the class about applying this new knowledge to understanding Shakespeare:

Be still my heart.

Announcing – 2017 Sweepstakes Winner!




Check it out:

Congratulations to Maren-Machel Ostlund, the 2017 ASCTC Shakespeare Sweepstakes winner!

Thanks to all the entries – I wonder how we’re going to top this next year?


Learn more about the Shakespeare Sweepstakes.

*By which I mean we painted Shakespeare’s head onto a watermelon and wrapped (nearly 900) rubber bands around it until it exploded quite spectacularly.