Shakespearin’ Things Up!

The Shakestar campers serenade the audience with the song of
‘The Cuckoo’ in the final scene of Love’s Labours Lost.

After another week’s performances of OTHELLO and AS YOU LIKE IT, we’ve welcomed our final cast members into the company–The Shakestars!  And with the entrance of the Shakestars, we’ve opened our third show of the season: LOVE’S LABOURS LOST.  One hallmark of the MaineStage Shakespeare experience is the practical stage experience that each camper gains in just one week.

The Shakestars and MaineStage Company members listen to a pre-show pep talk from Artistic Director Chiara Klein before the opening of LOVE’S LABOURS LOST.

The recipe for a typical day at camp is simple and effective.  After mornings spent taking classes in Improvisation, Voice and Speech, Stage Combat and Playwriting, our Shakestars change gears in the afternoon.  The younger of these fresh-faced youths imagine and create an original play as a member of the ‘Playgroundlings,’ while the more veteran campers take their place alongside the MaineStage company as supporting roles in our Saturday matinee performances of LOVE’S LABOURS LOST.

The Shakestars in rehearsal on a rain day spent at Kennebunk Town Hall.

In live theatre, no show is ever the same, but a MaineStage Saturday matinee is particularly unique as each performance features an original short play and a freshly minted version of LOVE’S LABOURS LOST.  It’s a lot to get done in one week’s time, but with a little help from mother nature (sunny days are preferred!), a company of patient, professional young actors, and the duo of Artistic Director Chiara Klein and Associate Artistic Director Meg Smith at the helm–it’s amazing how much we can get done. You can check out some media coverage of our camps in this edition of the Seacoast Hippo.

Our youngest Shakestars pose before a dress rehearsal of their
original play–‘Adventure to Breakfast Island: or Home Sweet Home.’

Since the start of camp, much of our company free time has been devoted to rehearsing for our fourth and final show of the season– a one-night only special fundraising peformance of the family friendly musical: The Sad Tale of King Leerio.  It’s King Lear re-imagined for a young audience, complete with musical numbers.  Come check it out at the River Tree Arts Center on August 1st at 6:30PM.

“Everyone Deserves a Second Chance”