Guest Editorial: Camp Shakespeare

Guest Editorial: Camp Shakespeare

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Hello, I’m Delaney Burlingame and I’m the Education Coordinator at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. I’m here at ASF because I believe that arts education is for everyone.

Theatre education plays a vital role in the lives of young people not just to encourage the next generation of artists, but because it fosters more collaborative, confident, and curious youth. I personally have seen students come into drama the first day too shy to tell me their name and leave the loudest voice in the chorus. Theatre is a playground for the imagination and through the stories we tell together, we learn the power of our own creativity. Story is also rife with empathy, and by engaging in a play with our peers, we learn not just how to engage with the characters, but how to engage with each other.

This summer ASF is offering opportunities for students of all ages to experience the magic of drama. Camp Shakespeare introduces students to the poetry of William Shakespeare as we explore all facets of theatre from voice and movement to props and costumes. Broadway South guides students through the world of musical theatre as they build skills in singing, acting, and dance. All camps culminate in a celebratory performance for friends and family on one of ASF’s main stages. Whether this is your first time on stage or you were dancing before you could walk, camp at ASF is for everyone. For more information, you can visit us at asf.net/education.

We certainly hope you come play with us this summer. We simply cannot wait to get started.

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