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.

Playing Politics – a Showcase of Power & Payback

Putting up three plays in three weeks is no easy feat, so adding a fourth production (featuring all 37 campers in the cast) is the sort of extra challenge we love to set before the brilliant, eager minds of the ASC Theatre Camp. 


We’re not as crazy as we sound; we cut each of the three final scripts down to a run time of 60 minutes. As might be expected, cutting a play to one hour often results in a variety of acting tracks, some that give students less time onstage or working one-on-one with their director. The fourth production is our creative remedy – we ask the campers about their Shakespearean dream roles and build the script based on their answers. The result is a showcase of scenes and soliloquies from throughout the canon, woven together with a theme: this session, we’re prying into puzzles of power, pride, prestige, purpose, and payback. In short, we’re Playing Politics.

The Showcase will be this Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 at Stuart Hall’s King Theatre. Admission is free and open to the public. Join us to see these young actors shine shine–and stay for an ice cream social after the ~hour long performance ends. Hope to see you there!

If you can’t make it, never fear! We will be livestreaming the performance on the ASCTC Facebook page — if you can’t be there personally, you can still be there electronically.

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!