The Viola Project

    Tuition Waiver and Partial Waiver Form for Viola Project Summer 2017

    The Viola Project offers girls-only Shakespeare summer camps in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood and Oak Park's Austin Gardens. While The Viola Project is tuition based, we offer sliding tuition waivers to girls between the ages of 10 and 16 who are passionate about theatre, Shakespeare and changing the world and do not have the resources to pay full tuition. Our camps tackle difficult issues with fantastic text. In addition to our Shakespeare work, guest artists lead specialized workshops relevant to the theme of the week. Past workshops have included improvisation, ukulele lessons, stage combat, self defense, puppetry and more. Campers play games, work with challenging texts, rehearse and perform Shakespeare scenes, discuss difficult issues in related to Shakespeare's plays, go to the beach, tell stories, meet new friends and more. All camps end with a performance for family and friends. Please note that we hold camps in both Chicago at City Lit and in Oak Park at Austin Gardens. Make sure you can get to the location you choose! The list of camps available is as follows: Please visit www.violaproject.org for more details.

    CITY LIT LOCATION (1020 W Bryn Mawr, Chicago, IL 60660)

    SPEAK THE SPEECH IV City Lit Theatre, Chicago July 10-14 9am-3pm **This camp is open only to Viola Project veterans, or very serious acting students. Recommended for ages 12-16 ** It's a monologue extravaganza at Viola Project! Our fourth annual Speak the Speech camp is here, this time for a full week! We're taking it a step further to give campers the opportunity to prep 2 contrasting monologues to really showcase their acting ability. Whether you are looking to gain confidence, just want to explore Shakespeare's characters, or you're prepping for auditions, this is the camp for yourEach camper will leave with two audition ready monologues. MACBETH City Lit Theatre, Chicago July 17-21 9am-3pm Recommended for Ages 10-14 Nothing says summer more than taking a good old trip to war torn Scotland for some witchcraft, murder and regicide! Shakespeare's play of prophecies, uninvited dinner ghosts and those darn bloody spots goes great with ice cream and beach day. Join us for a bit of fun with MacBeth and his ultimate evil Queen, the esteemed Lady M. You're invited to Dunsinane this summer... just try not to say the "M Word" in the theatre... HISTORIES AND HAMILTON City Lit Theatre, Chicago July 14-28 9am-3pm What do Shakespeare and Lin-Manuel Miranda have in common? A lot, it turns out! Both writers re-imagine history as exceptional entertainment and performed to sold out houses Both are able to make old stories feel electric and exciting. Join The Viola Project as we explore and perform Shakespeare’s history plays like Henry V and Richard II in a new light and bring our own take on the past -- this time with more girl power! If you're a Hamilton fan and you want to see what all the Shakespeare fuss is about, this camp is for you! AS YOU LIKE IT City Lit Theatre, Chicago August 7-11 9am-3pm Recommended for Ages 10-14 Join BFFs Celia and Rosalind as they trek through the woods of Arden. Half rom com, half gal pal adventure, As You Like It has it all: cross dressing, embarrassing love poetry stuck to trees, and mistaken identity. It has Shakespeare’s wordiest heroine, who not only carries the story, she also gets the last word. Literally. Exile couldn't be more fun than in the forests of Arden! Join us for some comedy this summer!

    OAK PARK LOCATION (Austin Gardens)

    MACBETH: The Lady, the Lord and the Plot WEEK 1 of 2 Oak Park Macbeth Extravaganza camps Austin Gardens, Oak Park July 10-14 9am-3pm (NOTE: Friday ends at 6pm) Recommended for Ages 10-14 Nothing says summer fun like the Scottish play! To kick off our third summer collaborating with Oak Park Festival Theatre, we’re bringing you 2 weeks of interlocking MacBeth camps! Sign up for one or sign up for two. Both weeks will have entirely different focuses and different scenes. You do not need to take the first week to take the second! All hail MacBeth, who shall be king hereafter ... MacBeth is a decorated war hero who craves more power. If only Scotland didn’t already have a King with sons in line for the throne! Enter Lady MacBeth, who’s got the words and the ambition to make herself Queen through whatever means necessary. Even murder… For our first camp, we’ll focus in on the scheming duo who will stop at nothing to get what they want. What could possibly go wrong? MACBETH: Ghosts, Witches and Things that go Bump in the Night WEEK 2 of 2 Oak Park Macbeth Extravaganza camps Austin Gardens, Oak Park July 10-14 9am-3pm (NOTE: Friday ends at 6pm) Recommended for Ages 10-14 Nothing says summer fun like the Scottish play! To kick off our third summer collaborating with Oak Park Festival Theatre, we’re bringing you 2 weeks of interlocking MacBeth camps! Sign up for one or sign up for two. Both weeks will have entirely different focuses and different scenes. You do not need to take the first week to take the second! MacBeth has everything in terms of spook appeal. Witches? Check. Ghosts? Check. Mysteriously appearing blood stains? Check. The play is even rumored to be cursed! So for our second week of MacBeth we’ll take a look at the super natural forces that rule the play. MacBeth is tale of prophecies, spells and nightmares where the dead just won’t stay dead. Are you ready to screw your courage to the sticking place? We are! WARRIOR QUEENS Austin Gardens, Oak Park August 7-11 9am-3pm (NOTE: Friday ends at 6pm) Recommended for Ages 12-16 From Cleopatra to Joan of Arc, The Viola Project is bringing out the fiercest fighting females in the canon! Whether ruthless, righteous or revenge bent, Shakespeare’s fighting dames do anything but wait for rescue. As an end of the summer treat, we’ll be focusing on stage combat as well as self defense with a trip to Oak Park Festival Theatre’s Fair Maid of the West to top off a week of women who stand their ground. Don’t miss this chance to bring your inner warrior queen to the stage!

    The Viola Project welcomes all youth ages 10-16 who culturally identify as girls and women. Our students are welcomed regardless of their race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation or ability. If you wish to apply for a scholarship know that we expect that all recipients exhibit the qualities of a Viola Girl.

    These expectations are as follows: -Camper must be punctual and arrive between 8:30 and 9:00am for each day of camp. Our teachers work very hard to have activities planned for the whole day and we begin on time. -Camper must be supportive, encouraging and compassionate to other campers. We work with girls from all over the city who might have different opinions and different experiences than you do. A Viola Girl must exhibit an open mind! -Camper must meet the expectations set by the lead teacher, including rehearsing a Shakespeare scene with her scene partner, participating fully in learning activities and the final performance. We schedule breaks for lunch, snacks, bathroom and take an afternoon off to go the beach! The rest of the time, your scene partner needs you! Scholarship applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, but our camps fill up so it is in your best interest to complete the application as soon as possible. Expect to hear back within one week of your submission. Parent or guardian must complete questions 1-5 and applicant must complete questions 6-9.
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