MaineStage ShakeSTARS!

Summer Programs

Become a ShakeSTAR! This summer, we are thrilled to bring your children two exciting programs that will enthrall, challenge, and inspire them. Both programs run for five one-week sessions. Campers are permitted and encouraged to sign up for multiple sessions of either or both camps — there is always something new to learn at MaineStage! All classes are taught by experienced and professional theater artists. We provide financial aid on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact us.

To enroll, please visit the website of Kennebunk Recreation.


ShakeStars Programs 2016

MaineStage Shakespeare Educational Programs

KidSummer: Grades 5 to 12

Playgroundlings: Grades K to 12

When: Monday to Friday (10am-2pm) plus weekly Saturday matinee (2pm)

Session 1 – July 11 to July 16

Session 2 – July 18 to July 23

Session 3 – July 25 to July 30

Session 4 – August 1 to August 6

Session 5 – August 8 to August 13

Where: The MaineStage in Lafayette Park (Rain Location: Kennebunk Town Hall Auditorium or the Waterhouse Center)

Parking is plentiful in the lot behind the old Garden Street Market. Please do not park on Parsons Street.

Instructors: All classes are taught by experienced, professional teaching artists.

Cost: $165 per session

KIDSUMMER: Perform on stage in Lafayette Park in an “installment” production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (Act One of will be performed the first week, Act Two the second, etc.). New this year, each week enrolled students will be cast and directed in an act of Shakespeare’s magical comedy. Every Saturday matinee will feature a brand new cast of ShakeSTARS who will perform alongside MaineStage actors.  ShakeSTARS are welcome to participate in one week or multiple weeks – no two weeks will be alike! In addition to rehearsals, ShakeSTARS will attend classes in acting, stage combat, dance, Shakespeare and more. Min 5/Max 30

PLAYGROUNDLINGS: Learn all aspects of the magic of theater! Each session, campers will collaborate with MaineStage artists to create an original short play to be performed as a “curtain raiser” for our Saturday Shakestacular. In addition to playwriting, classes will include acting, improvisation, Shakespeare, costume making, stage combat, and more! Pending enrollment, campers will be divided by age group. Min 5/Max 30

**Programs are subject to change based on enrollment. 

Playgroundlings Class


The Mainestage Shakespeare actors and actresses are some of the most creative, funny, and passionate people you will ever meet. First of all, their summer camp is absolutely amazing. While there I can get punched in the face and get my hair ripped out without it hurting one little bit (stage combat). I can attempt to juggle scarves and watch them land on the ground behind me without getting laughed at. I can co-write a nonsensical rap about Macbeth and hear it acted out by the Mainestage actors, with as much importance and spirit as they would act out a Shakespeare play. I can play famous people in famous plays without feeling like I have no idea what’s going on, and learn about these famous people in a much more exciting way than I would in some boring history lesson at school. I’m sure everyone who has experienced being a ShakeSTAR with Mainestage Shakespeare will agree with me on all these things.” – Lily, grade 9

“I never liked summer camp, the week would drag on without anything fun happening. Then one day I went to the library with my dad in late August and the librarian at the time, knowing I liked Shakespeare, handed me a newspaper advertising for free Shakespeare in Lafayette park. That Thursday I went and watched As You Like It. It was the best show I’d seen and it made me laugh. While we were leaving, [one of the actors] came up to us and said if we enjoyed the show they had one week of summer camp left. My dad promptly signed me up and that next week I arrived at a Mainestage Shakespeare. There I met people I would continue to see for the continuing years I went there and I can’t image my summer without it.” — Sam, grade 8

“MaineStage Shakespeare for me is one of the only places I wanna be, it’s were I met the most amazing people, and were I found my acting talent, and honestly if my brother didn’t find Shakespeare I wouldn’t be who I am today… If I had to choose my favorite part of Shakespeare is….EVERYTHING! It’s a great place to be where I feel accepted and I just feel like I belong. Learning about Shakespeare has helped me a lot whether it grew my confidence or I learned how to “fight” or the creative writing in school!” – Lizzy, grade 6