Summer Camps

We at ISF School of Theater invite you to enroll for summer camps so we can all plan for the brighter days of summer, days that we hope turn out as lovely as summers past.  Please be assured, as we mention below, that we are rehearsing our flexibility skills, and will nimbly adjust as needed to current reality as summer approaches.

Should we come to the unfortunate event where a camp is canceled, your camp registration could be used for a later camp. If your camper is unable to attend a later camp, you also may donate it back to ISF, in support of our future educational offerings. As a nonprofit charitable organization, the Festival exists in large measure because of the community’s generosity; and you would join thousands (including many of you already) in making a gift to sustain the company and its educational programs. We would, of course, be thrilled to recognize your gift; and you would receive a confirmation letter, allowing you to consider this gift among your tax deductions. If neither rebooking to a later camp or donation are possible, we happily will issue a refund, and hope to see your student again when times are better.

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

COVID-19

Regarding the current COVID-19 situation, Idaho Shakespeare Festival is following the lead of city, state and federally elected officials, as well as implementing strategies recommended by public health authorities. We are also working closely with Idaho Foundation for Parks & Lands and the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation as we maintain our regularly scheduled camps, events and performances this summer as planned. We remain vigilant, and are prepared to make decisions based on current needs, as well as in response to changing conditions.

2020 Shakespeare Summer Camps

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

Click here to register now!

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.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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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