Training

Opportunities for teens are at the heart of what we do and students are fully integrated into our professional productions. Our mentoring programs are recognized as an effective and positive method for reaching teens struggling to find identity in a complicated stage of life. We provide a nurturing yet challenging environment that helps teens find their voice and take pride in their accomplishments.

Throughout the year we offer occasional workshops and classes for adults developing expanded performance opportunities to the community.

Whether you are young or old, or someplace in between . . . whether you are an actor, technician or simply someone who loves language or theater, come and be a part of our company of players.


Camps

Shakespeare Drama Camps

Presented by Advice To The Players & Snapdragon Theatre Guild
Shakespearience!

Join us in July and August for an exciting journey into Shakespeare’s language, characters and plays. Our two- and four-week camps are theater experiences that immerse young people of all ages in the art and craft of acting, and the terms and techniques used to create Shakespeare’s plays.

  • Theater games
  • Outrageous fun
  • Stage Combat & Clown Skills
  • Inspired silliness
  • Movement and Dance

Our two-week camps end with a rousing performance of Shakespeare’s work adapted by our teaching artists and created by students for family and friends.

Come join us for some genuine Summer fun, while immersing yourself in the most amazing language ever written in English.

Our 2014 camps will run July 14-25. Download the sign-up form today!

2014 Shakespeare Drama Camps

Snapdragon Shakespeare Camp ~ For ages 8 to 12
Experience theater through the performance of “The Merry Wives of Windsor”

This introductory theater camp is back for its 13th year as it leads 8-12 year olds on an exciting journey into the fascinating world of Shakespeare and theater. Lots of fun, games, improvisation, and bringing Shakespeare’s colorful characters and plays to life on the stage.

Led by Richard Posner
A two-week day camp; July 14-25
Monday – Friday, 9:00 -12:00; $195

Shakesperience ~ For theater loving teens ages 12 to 15
Voice, movement & stage technique; Combat & Elizabethan Dance; Performance

Shakesperience leads middle school aged students on a dynamic exploration of Shakespeare’s words, stories, and themes. Improv, clowning, text, and even some stage combat provide keys to theatrical adventure and summer fun.

Led by Sharon Paquette
A two-week day camp; July 14-25
Monday – Friday, 9:00 -12:00; $195

Young Players Practicum ~ Age 13 & up
Advanced training and participation in our August production

Our Young Players Practicum is designed for young actors ages 13 and up who want to explore new acting challenges and participate in a professional Shakespeare production. With limited enrollment, this four-week program kicks off with a three afternoons of individualized, intensive acting training, followed by participation in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Areas of instruction include monologue and/or scene study, stage voice development, text tools for examining Shakespeare’s verse, stage combat, clown and period dance and movement.

Led by Mark Woollett & Candace Clift
A four-week program of professional theater; July 14-August 10
4 weeks - afternoons, 1:00 - 5:00; $395


Workshops

Narrative Improv - A Workshop for Adults

July 2, 9, 23, 30, 6:30pm (inquire for details)

As opposed to “Gag Improv”, Narrative Improv is all about collaboration and supporting your onstage partners. Join Mark Woollett in four sessions designed to plumb the depths of your creativity and access your theatrical expression. Each class will introduce several new improvisational exercises, building on the successes of the previous week. At times, participants will play different characters and at other times we’ll simply be playing our many-layered selves, discovering the many sides of our multiple personalities. At every step along the way, the group is there to offer encouragement and to say “yes” to our unexpected impulses. In addition to the many discoveries, there will be lots of laughs and spontaneous stage magic.

Beginners are especially welcome alongside more seasoned thespians and everyone in between.

Speaking Shakespeare - A Text Workshop for Adults

Offered by demand

New in 2013, Advice To The Players offers Speaking Shakespeare; A Text Workshop for Adults

These workshops are taught by long-time collaborator Candace Clift.

Candace Clift trained extensively in classical acting at Shakespeare & Company’s internationally recognized professional actor training program in Lenox, MA. She holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Florida, where she taught Acting I & II, Theatre History and Oral Interpretation.

Send an email to contact@advicetotheplayers.org for more info or to register!


Practicum

Young Players Practicum

Led by Mark Woollett & Candace Clift

A four-week program of professional theater for ages 13 & up

Advanced training and participation in our August production. Designed for young actors who want to explore new acting challenges and participate in a professional Shakespeare production. With limited enrollment, this four-week program kicks off with three afternoons of individualized, intensive acting training, followed by participation in our professional production. Areas of instruction include monologue and/or scene study, stage voice development, text tools for examining Shakespeare’s verse, stage combat, clown, and period dance and movement.


In-School Workshops

Spring Workshops for Schools

Offered during February and March

Classroom workshops can be tailored to take a whole or a part of any class period; i.e. 30 – 45 minutes. The workshop is completely participatory, designed to get students on their feet and using Shakespeare’s language. It includes fun exercises that familiarize students with iambic pentameter, as well as a ‘Twenty Minute Shakespeare’ that involves every student in the acting out of lines from the play in small improv groups. It’s a great way to introduce a play, get kids involved in the action and the words, and gives them ownership of the material that will enhance their enjoyment of the production they will see in March.

All of the exercises used have been developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library and Shakespeare & Company as a means to introduce Shakespeare to students in an active and participatory way.

Workshops are FREE to those schools bringing a group to one of our March performances.


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Advice To The Players is a unique company of theater professionals, enthusiastic community members and energetic teens that has been performing Shakespeare and offering workshops in New Hampshire's Lakes and Mountains Region since 1999.

Advice To The Players is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit committed to arts, education and community engagement.

Contact:
(603) 284-7115
contact@advicetotheplayers.org
PO Box 38, Center Sandwich, NH 03227

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Our sponsors and partners:

  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
  • New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
  • The Yeoman's Fund
  • The Tamworth Foundation
  • Spider Web Gardens
  • The Alfred Quimby Fund for the Town of Sandwich
  • Bank of New Hampshire
  • The Sandwich Fair Association
  • M&D Productions
  • Snapdragon Theatre Guild
  • Shakespeare & Company
  • Kathleen E. Sweeney, CPA
  • New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association
  • NH Theatre Awards Placeholder
  • Shakespeare Theatre Association
  • Actors' Equity Association
  • Discover Sandwich (Sandwich Business Group)
  • Greater Ossipee Area Chamber of Commerce