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Utah Shakespeare Festival

Playmakers Program Enters 13th Summer

Utah Shakespeare FestivalThe 13th annual Playmakers Summer Shakespeare Program is now open for registration at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. This program is an opportunity for students to receive one-on-one training from theater professionals and the Festival's Education Director Michael Bahr.

The Playmakers Summer Shakespeare Program is for beginners and advanced students. Registration is open for youth 6–17 and is only $90. Classes run on weekdays from 1 to 3 p.m. June 15–27.

Students can expect to learn Shakespearean scene work, songs, and the essential building blocks for theater performance. The workshop culminates in a performance of selected scenes and musical numbers handpicked based on individuals' levels in the group. Included in the registration fee is a free ticket to see the Festival's production of The Taming of the Shrew.

Playmakers was created by Bahr in 2002 as a way to extend the Festival's educational offerings to the community year-round. Playmakers provides fundamental training in acting and performance skills. Teachers work with each student and adapt to their needs. Not only do students learn about theater, but also about teamwork, problem solving, and creative thinking.

“Playmakers is designed to be diverse and flexible to the individual training needs for each student," Bahr said in a company press release. "It is accessible, affordable, and we strive to achieve artistic excellence each summer.”

For more information or to register call 435-865-8333 or e-mail

June 10, 2015

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