The Syracuse Shakespeare Festival is now accepting applications for its 2021 theatre program for students in 5th through 12th grades, KIDS, (Kids Doing Shakespeare). Set for July 12th through 16th, 10 am to 3 pm, rookies and returning students will be taught together in Thornden Park’s Carriage House in cooperation with the Syracuse Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs Dept. and funding from B&C Storage and the Syracuse Teachers Association. This exciting programming mix of speaking skills, stage techniques, costume design, set painting, Renaissance music & dance and English country dancing usually sells out quickly so don't delay. All students will perform some part of the chosen scene as a culminating activity on the last Friday of our intensive (but fun) theatre week. The scene will be selected from our 2020 Shakespeare-In-The-Park main stage show, The Comedy of Errors, Aug. 6th-15th, 2021 in Thornden Park's beautiful Amphitheatre.
We are aiming for a class size of 12 students in order to accomodate social distancing needs.
Please note: We have proposed a "Summer Slide/COVID-Catch-Up" component to the program where students will select a book after class that focuses on science, technology, engineering, math, history or literature and meet (in person or virtually) with one of our teachers to discuss how students can understand, analyze and prepare to read the book they select. Every two weeks on Fridays on July 23, Aug.6, Aug 20 and Sept 3 students will meet with a teacher at a local library (or virtually) to discuss how they will present their book focusing on what they've learned so far. Homework will include vocabulary in context to be shared at the next session. If possible, stuydents will share in small groups. By the fourth session on 8/20, the book should have been read by the student and the progress of their presentation project will be shared. Students will share their book and project at the last session on 9/3 and write/give a 3 minute speech about their book/project.
The "Summer Slide/COVID-Catch-Up" was NOT funded by John Ben Snow Foundation so I am looking to other funding sources to see if we secure a grant to cover the extra expenses involved in the program. If that effort is not successful, we will run our regular Kids Doing Shakespeare program as we have for the past 16 years.