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Adult and Teen Theatre Classes for Those Interested in Shakespeare

Register with Irmo Chapin Recreation Center at Saluda Shoals Park  (803) 731-5208.

One Day Shakespeare Workshop  

May 30th, 10:00-2:00

This workshop will help you conquer your fear of Shakespeare.  We will give you tools to understand these famous, yet sometimes confusing, plays.  We will look at the history of William Shakespeare, his language and writing style and explore one of his plays.

“Though this be madness, yet there is method in it!”–Hamlet

Teachers who have specifically trained in classical Shakespeare works in London, New York, and Chicago, will lead the group and spend one-on-one time with each participant. We will help you learn in a safe and fun atmosphere.

You will leave with the confidence to read Shakespeare on your own, laugh when you go to the theatre (and not just because everyone else is) and maybe even audition for a show!

‘This is the long and short of it” –Merry Wives of Windsor

We will focus on:

  1. Elizabethan England

  2. Vocabulary

  3. How Shakespeare tells a story

  4. Scenes from famous plays

This is your chance to get rid of the fear, answer your questions, and finally truly enjoy the world‘s most famous plays ever written!

Now, you can tell someone:

Thou art as loathsome as a toad!”—Trolius and Cressida … and know what it means!

Future Saluda Shoals Classes

Intensive Acting Workshop—Teens and Adults- 5 hours, One day

June 14th 2:00-7:00

This class will give you an intense look at the world of an actor. Is this something you may want to pursue in the future? Have you always wondered and want to give it a try? This is a fun way to feel the work it takes to tread the boards! No experience necessary, just a positive attitude and comfortable shoes

Seniors Acting Series—8 classes— Age 55+

Aug 11-Sept 29, 2:00-4:00

In this series, those interested in acting for performance sharpen their skills for the stage. The series will end with a live performance!

Improvisation            Creating a character

Stage presence           Dialogues

Monologues               Voice

Shakespeare Series—4 classes–Adult2 hours each, Age 18+

Mondays Sept 14, 21, oct 5, 19th, 6:00-8:00pm

Dive deeper into the classics! This series will allow participants to gain a better understanding of some of the most famous plays ever written. We will look at the context of the writings and learn tools that will help you appreciate these famous works—all in a fun, comfortable environment!

(Offered one per week or one per month, may vary, Classes may be taken separately or sign up for series)

  • Class One:

Introduction to William Shakespeare and Elizabethan England

Analyze scenes from Midsummer Night’s Dream

Scene work (read scenes aloud, allow participants to act on their feet)

  • Class Two:

Review of Shakespeare and Elizabethan England

Analyze scenes from the History Plays (King Richard I, II, III and King Henry)

Scene work (read scenes aloud, allow participants to act on their feet)

  • Class Three:

Review of Shakespeare and Elizabethan England

Analyze scenes from Hamlet

Scene work (read scenes aloud, allow participants to act on their feet)

  • Class Four:

Review of Shakespeare and Elizabethan England

Analyze scenes from Twelfth Night

Scene work (read scenes aloud, allow participants to act on their feet)