Playing Politics – A Showcase of Power & Payback

Looking for the entrance to tonight’s Showcase performance? It’s okay – the entrance is a little hard to find.

Walking on Frederick Street, you want to turn onto Fillmore Street, where you’ll see a metal fence with a bungee attachment separating you from this big field with the basketball court at one end and the open door right ahead of you. Go towards the door! You’ll find us!

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.

“You met with things dying, I with things new born.”

Auditions, casting, and read-throughs… oh my! The start of the session sure is busy busy busy. Peek behind the scenes of a day at camp with these pictures (and a video montage!) from auditions, the final show cast lists, and photos from tonight’s read-thrus.

While I still mourn the end of Session 1, the Session 2 campers capital-B BROUGHT IT during auditions this morning. I keep forgetting talent is not a finite quality — just because the Session 1 campers had it in spades doesn’t mean anybody in Session 2 got the short end of the talent stick. I mean… take a look:

 

After auditions it’s the lunchtime party, and after the party is the PEG dorm lobby, and round about 5 we gotta leave the lobby and take ourselves to Hunt to post some cast lists.

After posting those cast lists, Vicky and I stayed hard at work creating the Showcase script and getting it cast. Several campers from Session 1 said they wished they’d gotten their Showcase scripts earlier (instead of on our first official rehearsal, which is this Thursday) and unlike some of their other complaints, that’s one I can actually do something about. Hopefully, we’ll be handing out roles by dinnertime tomorrow, and then we’ll be off to the races!

While we were doing that, the campers had their first meeting with their cast, Director, RDA, and Production Intern in order to read through the plays they’ll spend the next three weeks inhabiting. Check it out:

I’m sure the Pestle group was having too much fun to send me any pictures. Well – that’s all for now! See you tomorrow!