Young Shakespeareans

For over twenty years, our Young Shakespeareans Workshops have inspired, nurtured, and encouraged the dreams of children and teens from ages eight to eighteen. Professional actors from our company help participants bring Shakespeare’s words to life through coaching in voice, movement and dialogue, and with activities designed to boost confidence and foster collaborative relationships. We want our Young Shakespeareans to gain ease with the language, passion for the text and friendships that last long beyond the workshop.

Summer Registration Now Open! 

Young Shakespeareans: Summer Theatre Camps and Teen Workshops

NEW in 2018:

  • Full day options!
  • Optional add-ons: early drop-off for morning camps and late pick-up for afternoon camps
  • No sessions on stat holidays (July 2 and August 6)
  • Friday presentations (for some sessions)
  • After registering for one Young Shakespeareans camp or workshop, enjoy a 25% discount for any additional camps/workshops purchased this summer for the participant or siblings

As always, included in the cost of your camp or workshop registration are 2 tickets to a scheduled performance of one of our Mainstage productions, to be used by the participant + a guest. Participants also get 20% off at the Bard Boutique when wearing their new, complimentary Young Shakespeareans t-shirt!

Please note: as you register online, you’ll see some prompts that are more geared toward buying tickets. No worries! This is just the way our system works. When you “choose seats”, you’re just booking your spot in the program. When it suggests you “buy extra tickets” with “supplementary events” that’s just the opportunity to add on the early drop-off or late pick-up options.

Theatre Camps (8-13 year olds)

*Participant must have completed grade 3 or have turned age 8 before the start of the camp.

Hamlet

When the ghost of Hamlet’s father appears asking for revenge, Hamlet is faced with a dilemma and ponders one of life’s biggest questions: “to be, or not to be”. In one of Shakespeare’s most powerful and memorable plays, mystery meets friendship, family duty and the supernatural.

July 3 – 13 | 9:30am – 12:30pm
*No session Monday, July 2
Presentation: Saturday, July 14 at 10:30am
$370 (+$45 for drop-off at 8:30am)
REGISTER NOW

Romeo and Juliet – FULL DAY OPTION

One of Shakespeare’s most famous plays shows us what happens when a society chooses hate over love, while the young people at the heart of the story express what’s most important in life using the most exquisite language.

New in 2018!

Romeo & Juliet: In Performance will be our regular half-day camp, in which participants present an abridged version of the play on the final Friday.

Romeo & Juliet: Behind-the-Scenes will feature activities and adventures with special guests from our festival staff. There will be a supervised lunch and activity break for participants registered for the full day.

Register for both, and the afternoon workshop is 25% off!

Romeo & Juliet: In Performance
July 16 – 27 | 9:30am – 12:30pm
Presentation: Friday, July 27 at 11:30am
$400 (+$50 for drop-off at 8:30am)
Sold Out

WAITING LIST

Romeo & Juliet: Behind-the-Scenes
July 16 – 27 | 2 – 5pm
$400 (+$25 for pick-up by 5:30pm)
REGISTER NOW

Comedy of Errors

When two sets of long-lost twins end up in the same town on the same day, mayhem ensues! This early Shakespeare comedy is not only full of slapstick fun, but also full of the joys of family reunion.

July 30 – August 10 | 9:30am – 12:30pm
*No session Monday, August 6
Presentation: Sunday, August 12 at 10:30am
$370 (+$45 for drop-off at 8:30am)
REGISTER NOW

Julius Caesar

As the famous Julius Caesar rises to power, the political balance of power is thrown into chaos. Friendships are tested by ambition as the characters in the play must stand up for what they believe is right. But what is right?

July 30 – August 10 | 2 – 5pm
*No session Monday, August 6
Presentation: Sunday, August 12 at 10:30am
$370 (+$25 for pick-up by 5:30pm)
REGISTER NOW

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – FULL DAY OPTION

Unsuspecting mortals find themselves in an enchanted wood where magic and mayhem rule. Perfect for Young Shakespeareans, this play strikes the imagination instantly and invites them to bring all the magic and silliness they can muster to the stage.

New in 2018! 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: In Performance will be our regular half-day camp, in which participants present an abridged version of the play on the final FRIDAY.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Behind-the-Scenes will feature activities and adventures with special guests from our festival staff. There will be a supervised lunch and activity break for participants registered for the full day.

Register for both, and the afternoon workshop is 25% off!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: In Performance
August 20 – 31 | 9:30am – 12:30pm
Presentation: Friday, August 31 at 11:30am 
$400 (+$50 for drop-off at 8:30am)
Sold Out

WAITING LIST

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Behind-the-Scenes
August 20 – 31 | 2 – 5pm
$400 (+$25 for pick-up by 5:30pm)
REGISTER NOW

 

Shakespeare Shakeup – One Week Intensive
(11-14 year olds)

*Participant must have completed grade 5 or have turned 11 before August 13.

Think of all the Shakespeare plays we never get to do in Young Shakespeareans. Now’s your chance to explore excerpts from the lesser-known plays as we create a presentation of speeches and scenes from a variety of Shakespeare’s plays, including the deep tracks!

There will be a supervised lunch and activity break for participants who stay for the full day.

August 13 – 17 | 9:30am – 5pm
Presentation: Friday, August 17 at 4pm
$490 (+$25 for drop-off at 8:30am; +$12.50 for pick-up by 5:30pm)
REGISTER NOW

 

Teen Workshops (13-18 year olds)

*Participant must have completed grade 7 or have turned aged 13 before the start of the workshop.

Romeo and Juliet

One of Shakespeare’s most famous plays shows us what happens when a society chooses hate over love, while the young people at the heart of the story express what’s most important in life using the most exquisite language.

July 3 – 13 | 1 – 5pm
*No session Monday, July 2
Presentation: Sunday, July 15 at 10:30am
$450
Sold Out

WAITING LIST

Much Ado about Nothing

The war is over and our characters are ready for courtship as well as playful conflict. It’s a world of eavesdropping, gossip and trickery, but when is it all in good fun and when has it gone too far?

July 16 – 27 | 9:30am – 1:30pm
Presentation: Friday, July 27 at 12pm
$490
Sold Out

WAITING LIST

The Winter’s Tale

Irrational jealousy tears family and friendships apart. But can the next generation bring redemption with a new mission: love against all odds?

July 16 – 27 | 1 – 5pm
Presentation: Friday, July 27 at 3:30pm
$490
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Richard III

Sibling rivalry and family conflict have never been more dangerous, but Richard makes his brutal ascent to the throne nothing less than gripping. With a cast of amazing characters, this play demonstrates how Shakespeare turned history into pop culture.

July 30 – August 10 | 9:30am – 1:30pm
*No session Monday, August 6
Presentation: Saturday, August 11 at 10:30am
$450
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The Tempest

A spell is cast. A ship is wrecked. And Prospero is presented with a choice: use his magical powers to take revenge on those who wronged him in the past, or find a greater power through forgiveness and love.

July 30 – August 10 | 1 – 5pm
*No session Monday, August 6
Presentation: Saturday, August 11 at 10:30am
$450
Sold Out

WAITING LIST

Julius Caesar

As the famous Julius Caesar rises to power, the political balance of power is thrown into chaos. Friendships are tested by ambition as the characters in the play must stand up for what they believe is right. But what is right?

August 20 – 31 | 9:30am – 1:30pm
Presentation: Friday, August 31 at 12pm
$490
Sold Out

WAITING LIST

Comedy of Errors

When two sets of long-lost twins end up in the same town on the same day, mayhem ensues! This early Shakespeare comedy is not only full of slapstick fun, but also full of the joys of family reunion.

August 20 – 31 | 1 – 5pm
Presentation: Friday, August 31 at 3:30pm
$490
REGISTER NOW

 

Shakespeare Shakeup – One Week Intensive
(15-18 year olds)

*Participant must have completed grade 9 or turned 15 before August 13.

Think of all the Shakespeare plays we never get to do in Young Shakespeareans. Now’s your chance to explore excerpts from the lesser-known plays as we create a presentation of speeches and scenes from a variety of Shakespeare’s plays, including the deep tracks!

Participants will be free to leave the Bard on the Beach site during a short lunch break each day.

August 13 – 17 | 9:30am – 5pm
Presentation: Friday, August 17 at 3pm
$490
REGISTER NOW

 

Cancellation Policy

There is no fee for transfers (based on availability); please phone Katie Johnstone at 604.737.0625 ext. 262.

Withdrawals:

  • Full refund, if cancelled via email before April 15, to ysw@bardonthebeach.org.
  • After April 15, until 2 weeks prior to the start of your session, 50% of the fees are refundable.
  • No refund within 2 weeks of the start of your session.

Young Shakespeareans Bursary Information

Established in 2009 by the Bard Volunteers, the fund helps individuals, families, schools and organizations overcome financial barriers to participation in our programs.

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If you have any questions about Young Shakespeareans Workshops, please email ysw@bardonthebeach.org or phone 604.737.0625 ext. 262.

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