Session 2 Final Performance Festival – the deetz

I can’t believe how quickly these sessions fly by… but here we are again, gearing up for another Final Performance Festival during ASCTC 2017. I’m excited, but the imminent end of camp is always bittersweet.

Without further ado, here is the schedule of events:

2017 Session 2 Performance Festival Schedule

Sunday, August 6

10:00 am – Welcome Brunch at Stonewall Jackson

Complimentary and open to immediate family (RSVP required)

11:15 am – Doors open at the Blackfriars Playhouse 

Admission is free and open to the public.
Seating is first-come, first-served.

11:45 am – Love’s Labour’s Lost

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 – King Lear

2:45 pm – Coffee Break (15 minutes)

Complimentary coffee served in the upstairs lobby.
Feel free to step outside and stretch your legs or visit By & By.
Don’t go too far! The final show will begin promptly regardless of your attendance.

3:00 pm – The Knight of the Burning Pestle

4:00 pm – Strike and Photos

Photo session on the Playhouse stage: group photos of each cast and an all-camp photo.
Parents are welcome to stay and take pictures as well; if you decide to do so, please stand behind the official photographer and do not use your flash.

4:45 pm – Celebration Picnic

Held on Mary Baldwin University’s campus in the 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.

Check out the Festival section of the website for more info.

Reflection on Titus

As the Session 2 campers arrive today, I felt the need to make one final reflection on working with the Titus cast. They all put on a wonderful show last Sunday and I want to fully appreciate the work everyone put into that show. I was incredibly nervous going into it. I didn’t know how the students would interact with the difficult themes. I wasn’t sure how the race elements would play out. I was worried some plot elements would be disturbing to campers.

I channeled all of my anxieties into the one aspect of the show I had control of: the song. I was in charge of arranging and teaching our a capella rendition of “In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins. So my “is this going to a traumatizing experience?” worries masked themselves as “is that mezzo note an A or A#?” worries. My biggest fear was tempo. I loved the way the song sounded without a metronome, but without anything to guide the pace, could the campers all stay together? Getting it right in rehearsal is one thing, but getting in front of a live audience always changes the way a performer behaves: they may get nervous and go too fast, or try to counteract this and end up going too slow to overcompensate. I trusted the campers, but being a ball of anxiety wrapped in floral dress, I was still very worried about the song when we all walked on stage for the final performance. But at that moment, something beautiful happened. Everyone got to their pitch. Scarlet tapped out the tempo. The cast started singing, all counting along in their heads, all in sync, and all in perfect harmony.

I believe that moment is an excellent representation of how the rehearsal process went as a whole. The campers were both literally and figuratively in tune with each other. Despite the difficult themes, everyone engaged with maturity and care. The morning after our tumultuous dress rehearsal, I saw members of the cast checking in with each other, hugging, and being ready to listen and provide the care others needed. It was a beautiful thing. Pretty ironic coming out of a play all about about murder, severed limbs, and more murder.

I am still in the education portion of my theater career, so it’s not as if I’ve worked with many professional casts. That being said, this has been the most mature, focused cast I have ever worked with, and I am so thankful I had the opportunity to be a part of this show.

But now the Titus performance is over. The beast is slain (because the campers totally slayed in the performance. Heh. Shakespeare related puns). However, that doesn’t mean that the themes in Titus are not still relevant. As Aaron says, “Let not your sorrow die though I am dead” (5.1.981), I am saying “Let not your contemplation of institutionalized racism and sexism die though we are no longer working on Titus.” Maybe that wasn’t as concise as Shakespeare, but still. We still plan on exploring race, gender, and other relevant topics in Shakespeare. [Editor’s note: And we will continue to do so until the day such issues become irrelevant; i.e when we fix systemic racism and rape culture.] I will continue to post about my findings both in Titus and the shows I am working on this session, Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Knight of the Burning Pestle.

Therefore, farewell Titus! And stay tuned next for some posts about sexual assault, racism, and gender expression.

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 lia@americanshakespearecenter.com
Or Vicky at vickyv@americnashakespearecenter.com
Or Adrienne at adrienne@americanshakespearecenter.com
We’ll do our best to accommodate whatever you may need in a timely fashion!