Shakespeare After-school Programs
In our After-school classes, students explore and experience some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, while building skills in teamwork and self-expression. We investigate Elizabethan insults and compliments and jump into the buffoonery of the comedies and exaggeration of the tragedies. Students develop their understanding of the plays through acting, voice, movement, and text analysis, then apply their newfound skills in a performance of their scene work for family and friends.
We currently offer the following after-school classes in 8-to-12 week sessions:
Storybook Theater (Grades K–2)
Intro to Shakespeare (Grades 3–5)
Some of the focused arts-based skill development includes:
Clowning: Costumes, props, scarves, red noses, and feathers are just some of the tools that go into creating a delightful show full of scenes and stories the children create together.
Improv: Students explore the art of improvisation, learning to free their spontaneity in a fun, safe environment.
Stage Combat: Thou art a toad-spotted traitor! Learn to answer such Shakespearean insults with easy and convincing stage combat moves using stick swords. Stage combat is the art of learning to work with a partner in precise and exciting movement to create the illusion of a fight—while keeping both partners perfectly safe.
Production and Performance: From the first rehearsal to the final bow, students gain experience in the fundamentals of rehearsing, staging and performing a show for a live audience.
After-school classes take place at various sites and school locations and registration is limited to students who are registered at the participating school.
Click on the Homeschool tab above to learn more about our Homeschool classes.
All After-school classes are subject to minimum participation requirements. In the event that Cal Shakes must cancel a class due to low enrollment, you will receive a full refund.
Pricing: $115 per hour.
Contact: To register, contact Artistic Learning Programs Manager Beverly Sotelo at 510-809-3293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shakespeare Workshops for Homeschoolers
Designed for young actors with some familiarity with Shakespeare, these fun and challenging classes allow students to delve into some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. They develop their understanding of the plays through acting, voice, movement, and text analysis, then apply their newfound skills in a performance of their scene work for family and friends.
Three Specialty Workshops
Monday, March 3, 10am-12pm: Make-up for the Stage
Monday, March 10, 10am-12pm: Improv: Trusting Your Imagination
Monday, March 17, 10am-12pm: Audition Techniques for the Shakespearean Actor
Tuition: $35 per workshop, or enroll in all three for $90 (a $15 discount!)
Spring 2014 Class: A Winter’s Tale
Mondays, March 24-May 19, 10am-12pm
(No class Monday, March 31 due to Spring Break)
Culminating performance on May 19
Tuition: $250/student; $25 sibling discount
All classes are held at the Diablo Theatre Company (DTC), 1948 Oak Park Blvd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.
A minimum of 11 participants per class are required. In the event that Cal Shakes must cancel a class due to low enrollment, you will receive a full refund.
Download the Registration Form here or Register Online.
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Click on Programs > Add Programs and make your selection under 2013 Fall Homeschool.
For log-in assistance, contact email@example.com or 510 809 3293.
For more information: Call 510-809-3293 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to talk to Artistic Learning Programs Manager Beverly Sotelo.
The Tempest at Oakland School for the Arts
This fun and exciting ten-week after-school class is appropriate for students with any level of drama experience. Participants experience the power of play through acting, movement, voice, and language, exploring the story of Shakespeare's The Tempest in new and creative ways. At the end-of-session celebration, participants demonstrate their new-found skills in a performance for family and friends.
Who: OSA students only. Must be in grades 6–8. Non-actors encouraged!
Where: Room 250, OSA (530 18th St, Oakland, CA 94612)
When: Thursdays, March 13–May 22 (no class April 17 due to Spring Break) , 3:30–5pm
How Much: $150 per student. Financial aid available; contact Beverly (contact info below) for more information.
Register: Click here to register.
Contact: If you have questions or need help with registration, contact Artistic Learning Programs Manager Beverly Sotelo at 510.809.3293 or email@example.com.
Artistic Learning Programs Manager Beverly Sotelo
510-809-3293 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost is variable depending on location and age group.