We had to do a lot of creative scrambling due to COVID19. Deeming it unsafe to be together in person, we decided – along with our two intrepid teachers – to go online with our teen session of Camp Will 2020.
To everyone’s delight we discovered we could still make Shakespeare magic happen – even on Zoom. Our campers thoroughly enjoyed these new challenges and being together again – at least virtually together. They played theatre games, improved, worked on movement and voice exercises and experienced individual acting coaching as they worked on their Shakespeare monologues and scenes.
Even though everyone agreed it was a great experience, we look forward to the time when we can all be together again – in person! – for our 14th summer of Camp Will 2021.
Standing in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Global Network and all people of good will, The People’s Shakespeare Project denounces the murder of George Floyd. We deplore the violence perpetrated against Black people and Black communities in the United States and across the world. We recall and are inspired by Frederick Douglass who insisted that “no man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end of it fastened about his own neck.” Even as the long arc of the moral universe strains to bend toward justice, the long arm of slavery perpetuates individual and institutional racism through segregation, convict leasing, red lining, school-to-prison pipelines, mass incarceration, and extralegal violence. The chains and the choke holds that have crushed Black dreams and ended Black lives have also compromised the principles and practices of democracy. “Holding the mirror up to nature” and yoked together by pervasive and systemic racism, we stand, yet again, at a crossroads. Once more, we recognize the urgency of reparative intervention — action that brings both justice and peace for all. Convinced of the indivisibility of human rights, we are committed to the transforming power of theatre to instruct, to provoke, and to heal.
We were thrilled to work with many talented TPSP alums and two new technical wizzes who brought Verona to live-stream life for The Taming of the Shrew.Donations from Midsummer’s audience members were shared equally with the Lancaster Cares Covid-19 Response Fund. This fund was set up by the Lancaster County Community Foundation and the United Way to provide residents with food, housing, and rapid response dollars during the crisis.
After Taming, we contributed half of proceeds to theCrispus Attucks Community Center. Crispus Attucks Community Center strives to improve the quality of life for youth and families in Lancaster by providing services that promote community prosperity, physical and mental health, and by offering programs and cultural events which preserve the African American heritage.
In this challenging time, we are thankful for all our supporters and excited to keep making theatre for and with YOU.
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Due to COVID-19, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING 2020 has been cancelled. We are so sad and so sorry. However we are looking forward to a beautiful and exciting June 2021 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Please stay safe and healthy. You are so important to us.