The true appreciation of art comes through enjoyment of the author's genius. Shakespeare on Stage immerses students in the "Shakespeare experience" to arrive at a better understanding and appreciation of the legendary playwright. The camp will touch on:
The theaters and theatrical practices of Shakespeare's time
The poetry and rhetoric of Shakespeare
How to perform and understand the plays
Key plays from each genre representative of each period of Shakespeare's writing
Personal coaching for acting Shakespeare
Because the plays are ultimately scripts, students will both analyze and act out portions of the plays to grasp the brilliance and cleverness of Shakespeare: the page will meet the stage.
Love delving into literature? This camp will give you the tools to understand and enjoy Shakespeare’s works. Prefer to be on stage performing moments of great comedy or tragedy? Some have said that if you can perform Shakespeare, you can perform anything, and this camp will bolster your acting arsenal with the Bard’s greatest works.
The primary text will be the tragedy Macbeth, which will serve as a focal point uniting the various subjects of the camp. The camp will culminate with a performance on Friday. Shakespeare's brilliance lives on—discover it by studying and acting!
Christian Fernandez is an alumnus of Patrick Henry College, where he earned his B.A. in Literature. He is currently studying at Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia, to earn his Master of Letters and his Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Performance. While at PHC, Christian directed a production of Shakespeare's Henry V and returned as an alum to direct Macbeth. He wrote and directed a theatrical adaptation of the first half of the book of Exodus in spring 2017, and he was the assistant director for the Motley Players MFA Company production of Doctor Faustus at Mary Baldwin this past fall. Christian's studies focus on the history of Tudor-Stuart theater, Shakespeare's works, and the poetic and rhetorical climate of early modern England. Upon completing both master's degrees, Christian intends to pursue a Ph.D in English and teach on the collegiate level.