All things are ready if our minds be so.
The last few years have been… a lot. While camp was able to meet virtually last year as #SHXCamp 2020, there’s just no replacement for the in-person experience, and we knew we needed to be back together at the Blackfriars Playhouse for ASCTC 2021. In the spirit of the 2021 Actors’ Renaissance Summer, we decided the return of in-person camp was the perfect time to try the crazy experiment of a “Campers’ Renaissance Session”: a smaller, older company of campers, bubbled together at Hotel 24 South (right next door to the Playhouse) and empowered to make all the decisions there are to make about their production of Henry V — with no official “directorial” oversight. A crazy Shakesperiment? Perhaps, but one we thought Camp was ready to try.
Did you know that there is no one “official” text of Henry V, but rather multiple extant copies that editors/directors conflate together in order make an “edition”? These campers know — and they chose every single word you will hear them say in today’s 90-minute performance “edition” of Henry V.
Did you know that Shakespeare doesn’t provide explicit costuming directions for characters, or lists of props to be used in each scene? These campers know — and they chose every costume piece and prop you will see on stage today.
Did you know that nobody gets to decide what a Shakespeare play “means” forever or for all time, but that every performance of Henry V is simply the result of a bunch of cascading choices that can yield whatever story it is the cast wants to tell today? These campers know — and they chose to tell the story they will tell today.
I am forever grateful to the other members of the ASCTC 2021 staff — Camp Life Coordinator Aubrey Whitlock, Dramaturg/Social Leader Esma Eddeb, and Stage Manager/Wellness Leader Daniel Skinner — for helping to steer this ship without taking agency away from the Camp company. And I am so excited for you to see the fruits of their labor, knowing it is truly theirs — real, live, and ready to be told. All things are ready if our minds be so, so lean in, prepare your mind, and enjoy the culmination of the 24th year of the ASC Theatre Camp: our company-directed production of Henry V.
Performance Studies Manager and Camp Director
Cast and Crew of Henry V
Please click the “carrot” on the right hand side to view the Actor/Crew bio.
Special Thanks to
Dr. Ralph Cohen, Dr. Mary Hill Cole, Sarah Enloe, Kristina Arbogast and Grace Mather and their incredible team at Hotel 24 South, Kelly Burdick Carter, Brandon Carter (acting coach), Amber James (media committee mentor), Chris Johnston (music committee mentor), Rhi Sanders and Thomas Prater (props committee mentors), Mary Evelyn Gunn and Jasmine Herbert (costume committee mentors), Jeremy L. West and Natasia Reinhardt (combat and intimacy choreography mentors, respectively), Thomas Coppola, Dr. Matt Davies, and all those within the ASC family who gave selflessly of their time and support throughout this process.
Extra Special Thanks
The Stark Family
Sidney Stark III Memorial Scholarship Fund supports the American Shakespeare Center’s Theatre Camp which empowers high school students to leap into college life through the learning experiences within Shakespeare’s text. Named for Sidney Stark, an English teacher who dedicated his life to sharing the joy of language, this fund invests in students’ performance training, academic exploration, and the opportunity to share their passion with new friends from across the country. Learn More.
CAMP IN YOUR POCKET!
We found our people at Camp…now we can stay together everywhere!
Have you ever…
- Longed to connect with your ASC Theatre Camp friends and colleagues at scheduled digital events?
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- Wished you could keep Camp in your back pocket?
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*Epizeuxis (ep·i·zeux·is) is the rhetorical device that represents words in repetition
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For as little as $5 a month, all current and former campers (and Camp staff!) can gain access to this exclusive digital bubble. In this safe space, you can chat, share resources, start video calls, and participate in exclusive digital programming hosted by the ASC — truly keeping Camp in your back pocket.
Here are just the highlights of what you will receive access to as a member of our Slack:
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