All the World’s a Stage Players is a nonprofit educational program that offers homeschool students ages 8 - 18 an opportunity to learn about Shakespeare and perform in full-length productions of his plays.
The purpose of the group is to nurture the intellectual, emotional, and social growth of each child in a positive, supportive, fun environment, through the hands-on experience of producing of a full-length Shakespeare play. No prior acting experience is required, and every child who wishes to have a speaking part will get one!
At AWSP, students learn by doing. The kids are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the production. In addition to acting, kids can get involved with creating sets, costumes, and props, learning about sound and lighting design, finding out about what's involved in making a playbill, trying their hands at stage management, filming, and video editing.
As one alumnus described his AWSP experience, "We learned how to do everything. So, if all of the parents suddenly got sick, we could run the play ourselves."
This is what makes the AWSP experience so special.
The group meets each week beginning in the fall, working through the winter, up to the spring performances. For the 2019-2020 season, rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at The Chelmsford Center for the Arts, beginning on September 10, 2019.
Three free workshops will be offered before auditions and rehearsals "officially" begin. Come to one or all of the workshops to see what AWSP is all about:
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Costs for the 2019-2020 season are as follows:*
$225 per child
$450 for 2 or more children, with a maximum of $450 per family
*Payment plans can be arranged so that all who wish to participate are able to.
Parental support and involvement is essential to the group's success. Parents/guardians should be prepared to remain on the premises during rehearsals and performances, and to help out during rehearsals and productions as needed. This is not a drop-off program.
All rehearsals and performances take place at The Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road, Chelmsford, MA.
For further information, please contact Joyce Carmack at email@example.com, or visit the "Contact Us" page.
The cast of our 2016-2017 production, TWELFTH NIGHT