Acting, Creative Play and More - Middle School Shakespeare

Cynde Liffick, Bard Unbound
Rising 5th – Rising 8th Graders
July 19 – 23 • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Bring a filled water bottle from home each day.
Start with a phrase and end with performing an entire play. Students will have fun with the language, learn some facts about Shakespeare and the Elizabethan era, get to know the characters and learn a bit about the Bard. The play utilized in this camp is Shakespeare’s comedy, The Tempest. This play was inspired by a letter from William Strachery, Secretary of Jamestown Colony, who experienced the shipwreck that is thought to have inspired The Tempest. Campers will discuss the association between Strachery’s letter and Shakespeare’s creation of this play.
Within the process of learning and rehearsing an abbreviated Shakespeare play, students will work on personal and interpersonal skills including focus, compassion, imagination, patience, problemsolving and collaboration. They will also work on basic dramatic skills such as enunciation, focus, cooperation, vocal projection, language skills and acting. Finally, it gives students a leg up for deeper immersion into Shakespeare in the future! We ask that each child come to every day of camp as each day builds upon the day before and each individual is important to the experience of the group.
Cynde Liffick, co-founder of Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall, is in her 20th year as a Shakespeare instructor, director and performer. Her present company, Bard Unbound, takes Shakespeare off the page and on the stage through Virginia.
For more information, contact Cynde Liffick at