Getting in the Shakespearean spirit


The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is one of the few local theater companies that employs Equity actors, but participation is open to students of all ages and to members of the community. “For the student actor to see people who are Hollywood actors, but are attracted to theater, it’s inspiring. It’s the best of both worlds — the educational world and theater world,” says Artistic Director Michael Arndt.

Apprentices are hand-selected university students who assist in technical production and performance. Junior apprentices, selected by audition, are high school students who assist with everything from concessions to technical aspects of production to performing minor roles.


The Kingsmen also offer six different camps throughout the summer that are open to students ages 9 to 16: From “Beginning Acting Workshops” for young newcomers to the theater, to the new “Acting for Camera Workshop,” for participants between the ages of 11 to 16.

All camps are a half day long and run for two weeks, with the exception of Advanced Camp Shakespeare, which runs for a month. Camps are staffed by professional company members, expert teachers and apprentices. For more information visit


Volunteers are integral to the survival of the festival.

Volunteers are needed every evening of performance to staff the souvenir stand, box office and concession stand, as well as to help out backstage with props and costume changes. Adults and responsible teenagers are welcome, and volunteers receive free entry to the performances. Call 493-3455, or e-mail


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