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Summer Camps

CANCELED: All 2020 Summer Camps

We have made the difficult decision, to insure the safety of all involved, to cancel ALL of the School of Theater Summer Camps. We have decided to cancel all camps in July and August, along with the earlier cancellation of June Camps.

While we are saddened not to be able to share the joy of theater with our students this summer, we consider health and safety the immediate, and highest priority. Many factors went into this decision. Youth activities are allowed to reopen according to the Idaho Rebound Plan, however, considering the guidelines and feasibility of following them with our resources we concluded we cannot guarantee keeping everyone appropriately safe in the light of COVID-19.

Cancellation of summer productions, as well as suspension of statewide educational tours this past spring, is resulting in a significant financial impact on the Festival. In order to sustain basic infrastructure through this global crisis, we are working diligently to a) manage operational costs b) postpone capital expenses, c) mitigate expenses incurred for cancelled productions and educational programming, and d) make responsible decisions to ensure the ability to resume programming when deemed safe.

We are committed to your satisfaction as a valued part of our School of Theater. We thank you in advance for your patience as we navigate the complexities of this situation and strive to provide customer service of the highest quality.

We are especially grateful to the generous families donating camp tuition fees back to Idaho Shakespeare Festival during this challenging time. We sincerely appreciate your vital support.

The following options are available to patrons who previously purchased a canceled camp:

Donate the full (or partial) value of your camp to Idaho Shakespeare Festival. We are committed to your satisfaction as a valued patron and are incredibly grateful to you for your decision to donate. Your tax deductible act of generosity makes a tremendous difference to the entirety of our nonprofit organization (ID #82-0316246) during this extremely challenging time. An acknowledgement letter that formally recognizes your generous donation will be mailed to you soon.

Receive a refund for any portion, or all, of your earlier purchase(s). We fully understand.

We look forward to resuming our educational programming as soon as we can insure the safety of students and teachers. In the meantime, we are grateful for your patience, understanding, loyalty, and continued support. We will get through this together.

From all of us in the Festival family, thank you for your patience and understanding, as we do our utmost to bring your student safely back to our classrooms.

We will miss you so much this summer!

Ever thanks,
Dir. Of Education Veronica Von Tobel & ISF School of Theater Teaching Staff

2020 Shakespeare Summer Camps

All 2020 Summer Camps are currently canceled.

  • Camp Broadway CANCELED– June 22-26
  • Camp Shakespeare CANCELED July
  • Camp Hollywood CANCELED– July 6-10
  • Camp Musical CANCELED– July 27- 31
  • Camp Improv CANCELED – August 3-7

2020 Camp Descriptions & Details

Each camp concludes with a performance open to the public. Performances are the last hour, of the last day of camp unless otherwise noted. Any camp performance is subject to change depending upon safety regulations.

Shakespeare and Me! – Ages 3-5
The wee players learn lines from some of Shakespeare’s most famous scenes and act them out for you. Families will glow as the students demonstrate their brilliance in a performance on the last day of class.
Cost: $100
CANCELLED Session I: June 15 – 19 ~ Monday – Friday ~ 10:30am – 11:30am
Session II: July 20 – 24 ~ Monday – Friday ~ 10:30am – 11:30am

Shakespeare Showcase – Ages 6-8
A super fun, game-filled class where students are immersed in kid-friendly versions of some of Shakespeare’s wackiest plays! They will learn how to fly like a fairy, clown around like a court jester, and rule like royalty. This is a class all about play, whether it’s reading stories, making arts and crafts projects, or singing songs. The play’s the thing!
Cost: $250
CANCELLED Session I: June 8 – 19 ~ Monday – Friday ~ 8:30am – 11:30am
Session II: July 13 – 24 ~ Monday – Friday ~ 8:30am – 11:30am

Short Shakespeare – Ages 9-11
Lots of adults find Shakespeare intimidating, how can a kid understand? That’s exactly what this class is about! Making Shakespeare accessible, whether it’s setting A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a school or Macbeth on the moon, this camp focuses on putting on a 10-minute version of one of Shakespeare’s plays. Sometimes with updated language and narration. It is all about learning how to have fun while putting on a play. Why not use one of the greatest playwrights of all time as inspiration!
Cost: $250
CANCELLED Session I: June 8 – 19 ~ Monday – Friday ~ 8:30am – 11:30am
Session II: July 13 – 24 ~ Monday – Friday ~ 8:30am – 11:30am

Shakespeare Intensive I – Ages 12-14
Whether your camper has plenty of acting experience or has never stepped foot on a stage, this camp is right for them. All that’s needed is an interest in theater and telling a good story! Instructors will work over 3 weeks on putting together a 45-minute version of a Shakespeare play. They will work as an ensemble to create the world of the play, being involved in the scenic, sound, and costume elements, as well as playing a character. This camp is a great way to learn about everything that goes into putting on a play and performing it on a professional stage! Please note: Performances will be at the Festival Amphitheater on the Monday after the three weeks of classes. Monday, June 29th at 6:30 pm (Session I) and Monday, August 3rd at 6:30pm (Session II).
Cost: $435
CANCELLED Session I: June 8 – June 29 ~ Monday – Friday ~ 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Session II: July 13 – August 3 ~ Monday – Friday ~ 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Advanced Shakespeare Intensive – Ages 15-18
Whether your camper has plenty of acting experience or has never stepped foot on a stage, this camp is right for them! All that’s needed is an interest in theater and telling a good story! Instructors will work over 3 weeks on putting together a 45-minute version of a Shakespeare play! They will work as an ensemble to create the world of the play, being involved in the scenic, sound, and costume elements, as well as playing a character! This camp is a great way to learn about everything that goes into putting on a play and performing it on a professional stage! The Advanced Intensive can be a springboard to the ISF High School Apprentice Program. Please note: Performances will be at the Festival Amphitheater on the Monday after the three weeks of classes. Monday June 29th at 6:30 pm (Session I) and Monday August 3rd at 6:30pm (Session II).
Cost: $435
CANCELLED Session I: June 8 – June 29 ~ Monday – Friday ~ 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Session II: July 13 – August 3 ~ Monday – Friday ~ 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Camp Broadway – Ages 6-9
A popular musical theater camp for youngsters itching to sing and dance their heart out! Students will perform songs and choreography from Broadway musicals and other popular hits at the end of the incredibly fun-filled week.
Cost: $175
CANCELLED June 22 – 26 ~ Monday – Friday ~ 8:30 – 11:30am

Camp Hollywood – Ages 12-18
Lights! Camera! Action! A camp that is all about acting on the silver screen! Do you have a student who is obsessed with film and television? Now they can learn the techniques used by Hollywood film actors to get their award-winning performances. Students will put what they’ve learned on camera and there will be a viewing party!
Viewing party on July 18th at 10 AM
Cost: $220
July 6 – 10 ~ Monday – Friday ~ 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Camp Musical – Ages 10-18
Our biggest and most popular camp! Sing, dance, and act your heart out while experiencing the joy of musical theater. Each group of students will write and create their own short musical, comprised of both Broadway and contemporary songs, to perform at the end of camp.
Cost: $190
July 27 – July 31 ~ Monday – Friday ~ 8:30am – 12:00pm

Camp Improv! – Ages 9-18
Learn to “think on your feet” and say “yes” to the basics of Improv games and exercises. Students will learn to sharpen their wit and sense of comic timing with this fun and fast paced class! A performance at the end of camp will show friends and families just how witty their students can be.
Cost: $190
August 3 – August 7 ~ Monday – Friday ~ 8:30am – 12:00pm

 

Arrival and Parking

The office of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival is at the corner of 9th and Fulton and is housed in the same building as Boise Contemporary Theater. There is parking to be found around the area and there are two pay lots directly across the street. Be careful about the No Parking signs, they are enforced. Do not park in the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Complex lots – those are private parking. You’ll see the signs.

There’s a big porch at Boise Contemporary Theater and students come in the big silver front doors, through the Lobby area and downstairs to their classes (Classrooms A, B, and C). The Instructorst will be there waiting for their students to arrive.

As a reminder, we do not have pre or post class child care – please be prompt in picking up your student. You can come into the Lobby of the Boise Contemporary Theater to wait for your child or pick them up outside. The teachers will not allow any student to leave the theater porch area until you arrive.

Parent Information

Arrival and Departure
The teachers will be waiting for your student in the classrooms downstairs. It is very important that you pick up your student ON TIME. We are sorry but we do not have child care available for after class times.

Water & Snacks
Please send a water bottle with your student. Acting is thirsty work! If your child needs to have a snack, feel free to send something small and easy for him or her to handle.

Clothing
Short skirts, bare middles, tight clothing — no fun! If the student is afraid of something showing, all that creativity will go right out the window. Please have your student wear loose, easy-going clothing! It’s time to play and have fun!

Observing
We have found that students participate more fully and are more focused when loved ones are not present. If you would like, you may stay for the first 20 minutes of their first class, but if you stay you will have to play! We will take good care of your children and you are invited to see all the wonderful work they’ve done at their final performance. If there are special circumstances please contact our education manager, veronica@idahoshakespeare.org.

Discipline
It’s all about play and we want all our students to have lots of fun & enjoy the creative experience! So if a student becomes disruptive instead of joining in — we just use the “time out” method & invite the student to rejoin the group when they’re ready. However, if behavior becomes an issue, we’ll contact you to help us.

Contact Us

Veronica Von Tobel
Director of Education 
Education Department
(208) 429-9908 ext. 206
(208) 429-8798 (fax)
veronica@idahoshakespeare.org

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