SummerCamp2017_headerCamp Shakespeare 2017

This summer TAM offers students in grades 3 through 8 the opportunity to dive into the world of William Shakespeare.
Click here for our 2017 CampShakes flyer.
Choose from three, one-week sessions for Groundlings (grades 3 – 5) and Young Company (grades 6 – 8).

At Camp Shakespeare, students will:

  • Transform into Shakespeare’s characters through voice and movement
  • Unravel Shakespeare’s plays by becoming text detectives
  • Perform for friends and family onstage at Theater at Monmouth

Camp Day: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Monday–Friday
All sessions take place at TAM’s Rehearsal Studio, 775 Main Street, Monmouth, ME

Groundlings: Grades 3rd to 5th


(FALL GRADES 3rd to 5th)

Groundlings will be introduced to Shakespeare’s stories through imagination and performance. Through a variety of theatre games, art projects, and creative play, Groundlings will explore Shakespeare’s stories. Camp culminates at the end of the day on Friday with a sharing for friends and family.

Tuition: $225 (includes one ticket to a performance of My Father’s Dragon)

Sample Schedule* for a Groundlings Day
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Ensemble Time/Acting
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Text Time
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Movement/Combat
12:00 p.m.–12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Theatre Games
1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Design/ Art Project
2:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m. Snack
2:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m. Project Rehearsal
3:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Wrap Up/Dismissal

*Schedule subject to change

Session A July 31 – August 4
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Bickering lovers, warring fairies, and rude mechanicals who just want to put on a play run amok.

Session B August 7 – 11
Romeo & Juliet
The feud between two families results in the most tragic love story ever told.

Session C August 14 – 18
Twelfth Night
Music, love, and merry deception mingle in one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.

Young Company: Grades 6th to 8th


(FALL GRADES 6th to 8th)

Young Company will collaborate to imaginatively perform a Shakespeare play. Participants investigate how Shakespeare directs actor choices through the text, learn to create unique characters, and explore the art of unarmed stage combat. Camp culminates at the end of the day on Friday with a sharing for friends and family.

Tuition: $225 (includes one ticket to a performance of My Father’s Dragon)

Sample Schedule* for a Young Company Day
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.              Voice and Movement
10:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.            Acting
11:00 p.m.–12:00 p.m.            Text Analysis
12:00 p.m.–12:30 p.m.            Lunch
12:30 p.m.–1:00 p.m.              Stage Combat
1:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m.                Rehearsal
3:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m.                Reflection

*Schedule subject to change

Session D July 31 – August 4
As You Like It
Rosalind and Celia run away to the Forest of Arden and find love and mirth in the woods.

Session E August 7 – 11
The Tempest
A shipwreck on a magical island leads to love and forgiveness in this comedic tale.

Session F August 14 – 18
The Comedy of Errors
Two twins and their twin servants confuse the lives of all around them in this zany farce.

Registration, Discounts, and Scholarships

Registration, Discounts & ScholarshipsBUTTON 9 REGISTER


One-Week Groundling or Young Company Session:  9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.  $225


Register by April 15 and receive $25 off!
Register siblings or for multiple sessions and receive $25 off each additional camp registration.
Call the Box Office at 207.933.9999 to receive your discount.


To apply for a scholarship to Camp Shakespeare, please submit the following items to the Theater at Monmouth Box Office:

  • A completed scholarship application filled out by the parent or legal guardian of the student
  • A 250-word typed essay, written by the student that answers this question:
    Why do you want to attend Camp Shakespeare and what do you hope to gain from the experience?
  • A copy of applicant’s 2016 tax return for proof of income or documentation proving your qualification for free or reduced school lunch.

Applications are due no later than May 1, 2017. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, so it is best to turn in complete applications early.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Please mail your materials to:

Camp Shakespeare
Theater at Monmouth
P.O. Box 385
Monmouth, ME 04259-0385


Camp Shakes FAQs

What’s a typical day like at Camp Shakespeare?
A typical day begins with a movement class, during which students do a vocal and physical
warm up. The morning continues with an acting class during which students explore
improvisation and scene work, followed by Text Analysis class, which provides strategies for
analyzing Shakespeare’s language. After lunch, students train in the art of safe stage combat.
The rest of the afternoon is dedicated to applying what they have learned in rehearsal.

Who teaches camp and what is your teacher to student ratio?
Our one-week camps have a maximum of 25 students. There are two Teaching Artists for each
camp. All Camp Shakespeare Teaching Artists are trained actors and college-aged students
pursuing degrees in theatre and/or education.

What if my child is on the cusp of an age group? Can they move into the older group?
We ask that students remain in their designated age group or corresponding grade level. Our
curriculums are designed for each specific age group and we have found that these peer groups
are the most successful for creating strong ensembles.

What if my child has special needs?
Theater at Monmouth encourages children of all abilities to discover and develop their full
creative potential through the performing arts. In order to plan the best experience for your child,
we ask that you provide us with specific information regarding special circumstances or
conditions that may impact your child’s learning or participation in Camp Shakespeare. As our
team of Teaching Artists plan the camp curriculum in early June, this information will help us
address the needs of your individual student.

Do you offer before or aftercare?
We do not offer before or aftercare. Camp Shakespeare runs from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. There is
no supervision on the premises prior to 9:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.

What is your refund policy?
Full tuition is due upon registration. 50% will be refunded if registration is withdrawn before
June 1, 2017. After June 1 tuition is non-refundable.

Do you offer a payment plan?
We offer a payment plan option that divides the total camp tuition into two installments. The first
half of the payment is due upon registration. The second half of the payment is due by June 1,

What is your lunch policy?
All Groundlings and Young Company must stay on site for lunch. Parents must provide lunch
and snacks. Groundlings and Young Company have thirty minutes for lunch and ample time for
snack breaks throughout the day.

Are campers allowed to have cell phones?
Because of the distraction and disruption caused by cell phones, we ask that campers do not
use cell phones during class or rehearsal. There are periodic breaks during the camp day where
students can check messages and make calls if necessary. In order to avoid interruptions, we
ask that if a parent needs to contact a child, they call our Box Office at 207.933.9999 and we will
relay the message to your child.

Does Camp Shakespeare arrange carpools?
Camp Shakespeare does not arrange carpools on behalf of parents, but we are happy to send
an email request for a carpool to other parents registered for your session.

Where can I find permission forms and emergency contact forms?
Forms will be emailed once initial payment is received. Forms must be returned to the Box
Office by June 1, 2017. Please be sure to fill out and return ALL PAGES. Forms can be
returned via email to, or by mail to: Camp Shakespeare,
Theater at Monmouth, PO Box 385, Monmouth, ME 04259-0385

When is the final performance and how many people may attend?
Final performance times, dates, and locations vary by program. Specific performance times will
be listed in an information packet emailed in June. You may invite as many people as you wish.
Families are encouraged to watch the entire performance, but if you need to leave early, we ask
that you leave during intermission to ensure that the students acting onstage are not
disheartened and the audience is not distracted.