UI Theatre Arts | Summer Drama Camp
Summer Camp Highlights: Happiness Through Hamlet
To be or not to be? Nearly 20 young thespians and an adoring audience discovered the answer on Aug. 6, when a free performance of "Hamlet" was presented on the Hartung Outdoor Stage. The 60-minute production was the culmination of a three-week drama camp for youth, ages 8 to 16 years old.
Co-directed by Christina Holaday, a third-year graduate student and Kevin O'Connell, a 2016 grad, with assistance from camp counselor Nick Pratt, the camp focused on inspiring young people to explore their creative potential, develop problem-solving skills and build important self-confidence.
This was the second consecutive year that Holaday led the camp. Last summer, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" was so successful that Holaday wanted to continue the emphasis on Shakespeare.
"Shakespeare explores and challenges the imagination more than any playwright I've encountered," Holaday said. "If the plays of Shakespeare are introduced to young people in a way that is fun, through exploration, playing and building the play as a group, then we may see more enthusiasm for Shakespeare from students as they grow and develop."
Drama Camp Activities:
- Acting, Dancing and Movement
- Creating Masks and Costumes
- Workshops and Rehearsals
- Backstage Activities
- Constructing Sets
- Building Props