Actors' Theatre of Columbus offers camps in Schiller Park

GARY SEMAN JR.
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Philip Hickman, Actors' Theatre of Columbus artistic director, coaches Bobby Sisson, 17, of Columbus during the theater company's Globe School Acting Shakespeare camp July 15 in the Schiller Park amphitheater in Columbus. Actors' Theatre has a number of additional camps coming up.

CORRECTION: Because of incomplete information provided to ThisWeek, some details regarding scholarships for adults weren't included in an earlier version of this story.

The Actors’ Theatre of Columbus’ Globe School is offering socially distanced, in-person camps – and a fresh round of scholarships – for budding thespians.

Scholarships and underwriting provided by the Leventhal Artist Fund, Village Singers Endowment Fund and an anonymous donor have made it possible for an additional financially strained students to learn the art of acting and theater production, said Beth Josephsen, education director and movement coach for Actors’ Theatre.

The scholarships are awarded to those with demonstrated financial difficulties such as family unemployment issues, using Medicaid as primary health coverage or children who receive free or reduced-priced lunches at school, Josephsen said.

Those who would like to apply for the scholarship can do so online at bit.ly/ATCGSScholarshipApp20.

The Globe School is providing lessons for up to seven students in the Schiller Park amphitheater, 1069 Jaeger St. There will be two instructors at each session

Introduction to Shakespeare, for students entering grades 6-8, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 27-31.

Campers will get to experience the comedy and tragedy in Shakespeare’s works, Josephsen said. The camp will conclude with a final performance exhibiting scenes from “Henry VI, Part 3” on July 31.

Discover Acting, open to students entering grades 1-5, will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and another session for another group of students from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Aug. 3-7.

Participants will experience what it is like to explore acting onstage, Josephsen said. The camp will present a final performance Aug. 7.

Students entering grades 9-12 will get a behind-the-scenes look at how a theater company works. The camp will be held from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Aug. 10-14.

Students will work with sets, props, costumes, lights and sound, making it “ideal” for high-schoolers who are interested in theater but do not want to act onstage, Josephsen said.

There have been four previous camps this summer, the most recent starting July 20, Josephsen said.

She researched safety precautions amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to make sure students and staff were safe during the camps. Remote learning was not considered a viable option, she said.

“All the research shows children learn better in person,” Josephsen said.

She said camp participants will be required to wear masks only if social distancing cannot be maintained or if they go inside to an area under the stage.

The final camps, for adults, are Acting Basics (Aug. 17-21) and Performing Shakespeare (Aug. 24-28). Adult participants are not eligible for the Leventhal or Village Singers scholarships but could receive a scholarship from the anonymous donors funds.

Wayne Owens, founder and general manager of the Village Singers, said when the scholarship fund was started, it was intended to offer scholarships to help students who were interested in all aspects of the arts and the Actors’ Theatre camps fit that mission.

“It’s an absolute positive thing,” Owens said. “We needed to give back to the community. Our singers have been very giving over the years, so have our patrons.”

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