Engaging Shakespeare

May 15, 2012

Twelfth Night by Walter Howell Deverell, 1849

Shakespeare and summer camp—surely they are ill-suited, and never the two shall meet. Just imagine Shakespeare canoeing, flying off the rope swing, sleeping in the top bunk, and sneaking out after lights out. (Well, okay, maybe we can see that.)

According to Rafael Goldstein, summer camp and Shakespeare are a perfect fit. At the age of 15, he enrolled in A Noise Within‘s Summer with Shakespeare program. He said the instructors provided him with skills, understanding, and confidence beyond his wildest dreams.

“I expected to receive a bare-bones, kid version of Shakespeare training. Instead, I was met by a staff of classically-trained, working actors who would give me all the tools I needed to engage with Shakespeare as a professional. In a few short weeks,we were well versed in scene analysis, articulation, scansion, etc., and preparing for a performance of Twelfth Night.”

Goldstein goes on to say that he was happily surprised by his confidence, the belief that everything he’d learned—like a file in his head—he could avail himself of while he was performing. He says the skills he learned then, he still employs to this day.

A Noise Within’s Summer with Shakespeare
Enrolling Now
June 25-July 14 (three weeks, full and half days available)
Ages 10-18, students placed in age-appropriate groups
3352 E. Foothill Blvd.
For more info, call 626.356.3104 or register online at
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 18th



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